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Woraya Makai (34) walks through the jungle during of a morning patrol together with a team of rangers. She’s the only female ranger deployed in Kui Buri and in charge of photographing and surveying the animals she’s seeing around the park.

Kui Buri National Park’s only female ranger shatters stereotypes

In Thailand, women like Kwan remain a rarity. But neither this nor the voices alleging that women aren’t suited for the ranger lifestyle – which comprises long working hours in spartan and sometimes dangerous conditions, away from loved ones – have prevented her from living her truth.

  • An Amur tiger cub gets a new lease on life

    August 21, 2018

    Rescued after sustaining serious injuries to his nose and face from would-be poachers, Saikhan the “miracle tiger” has been released back into the forests of the Russian Far East.

    Amur tiger release WWF Russia
  • An indigenous community in Bolivia rallies to protect river turtles

    The tiny Bolivian town of Versalles, nestled along the Iténez River, is home to one of the largest river turtle hatcheries in the Amazon. Community efforts have helped to increase turtle numbers, but the species remains vulnerable to threats far beyond the community’s control.

    South American River Turtle (Podocnemis expansa) Ilha de Praia Alta, Rondonia. Brazil
  • The four translocated rhinos are now being monitored continuously by the staff of Dudhwa National Park and the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, with support from WWF-India.
  • WWF is saving black rhinos by moving them

    December 14, 2017

    WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) has been working with passion, commitment, and determination for a brighter future for the critically endangered black rhino for more than a decade. BRREP works to grow black rhino numbers by creating new populations and provides equipment and training to rangers to monitor, manage, and protect rhinos.

    A rhino standing in a field
  • Brandon Davis uses improved tracking collars to keep African painted dogs roaming free

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2017
    Perhaps most rewarding part of Brandon Davis' career as an animal trainer and conservation ambassador has been educating people about animals and getting them excited about wildlife conservation.
    wilddog winter2017
  • WWF marks victories for wildlife in 2017

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2017
    Even as so many species faced both new and ongoing challenges, WWF tackled those threats head-on
    asian elephant winter2017
  • Supporters help WWF launch emergency plan to stop Myanmar’s elephant poaching crisis

    August 10, 2017

    Amid a dire poaching crisis, wild Asian elephants in Myanmar received swift and essential aid from thousands of WWF supporters committed to protecting this iconic species. More than 3,000 people donated $263,211 in less than four weeks to fund an emergency action plan to train rangers and get boots on the ground to fight wildlife crime.

    Tusked elephant
  • WWF supporters raise more than $250,000 to help bison in Badlands National Park

    March 30, 2017

    In early March, nearly 2,500 people donated a total of $256,512 to extend bison habitat at the park from 57,640 acres to 80,193 acres. This will allow the park to achieve and sustain a herd of more than 1,000 bison, and will allow more park visitors to see and learn about the United States’ National mammal.

    Close-up of bison in Badlands
  • Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2016

    December 01, 2016

    The past year has shown us that when we work together, we can challenge the threats to nature and help ensure its ability to provide—for the sake of every living thing. Take a look at 2016 in review.

    Elephants close
  • Arrival of baby orangutan is a symbol of hope for conservation in Sumatra

    November 30, 2016

    One of the last great stands of rain forest in the deforestation hotspot of the Indonesian island of Sumatra has welcomed an exciting new addition: a baby female orangutan. The infant is the first orangutan born in the Thirty Hills conservation concession since WWF and its partners began managing the 100,000-acre forest in 2015.

    Orangutan Violet with her newborn baby
  • A better road ahead for wild tigers

    November 23, 2016

    Earlier this year, WWF estimated an increase in the number of tigers worldwide, up to 3,890 in 2016 from an estimated 3,200 in 2010. But success to date is tenous: According to a new report from WWF, tigers now face a threat far greater than many we’ve tackled before: linear infrastructure.

    Sumatran tiger
  • New anti-poaching technology leads to dozens of arrests of wildlife criminals in Africa

    November 21, 2016

    WWF installed a new thermal infrared camera that can identify poachers from afar by their body heat—even in the dead of night—and it has since transformed the way rangers track down and apprehend criminals since its introduction in March.

    A man installing solar panels for FLIR camera system
  • New research shows investing in elephant conservation is smart economic policy

    November 01, 2016

    WWF’s African Elephant Program funded a research project that used techniques from economics and statistics to better understand the value of elephant conservation to local economies in Africa.

    tourists watch an elephant
  • A US ban on elephant ivory carves out a better future for the species

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    On June 2, 2016, the US Fish & Wildlife Service announced new federal regulations implementing a nearly complete ban on commercial ivory trade in the United States.
    Elephant
  • WWF sets its sights on returning Persian leopards to Russia

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    WWF's groundbreaking program to reintroduce Persian leopards to the Caucasus, where the cats were once abundant.
    Leopard jumps Winter 2016 Magazine
  • A ranger's commitment to wildlife

    October 01, 2016

    Anety is a wildlife police officer working in Zambia. She protects more than one hundred different species, including elephants, lions, and leopards, that call her park home. One of just three female wildlife rangers in her park, Anety works in a dangerous and under-resourced profession.

    Elephant in Zambia
  • CITES: Big steps for wildlife

    October 01, 2016

    During the world’s largest ever wildlife trade meeting—the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)—governments united behind a series of tough decisions to provide greater protection to a host of threatened species and bolster efforts to tackle soaring levels of poaching and wildlife trafficking.

    Head portrait of a Sumatran rhino
  • A massive win for the world’s most trafficked mammal

    September 28, 2016

    All legal trade of pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammals, will soon end thanks to an international agreement to further protect the critically endangered species from extinction.

    Pangolin
  • Why CITES matters

    September 23, 2016

    One of the best tools we have for fighting the illegal wildlife trade that threatens many of the world’s most endangered species is CITES—the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

    Siberian tiger walking in snow
  • How humans and snow leopards can live in harmony

    August 30, 2016

    In herding communities in the Nepalese mountains, snow leopards were not considered beautiful creatures that needed protecting. To these communities, they were a direct threat that needed to be eliminated. Thankfully, after working together with conservationists and WWF-Nepal to find a solution to these problems, the communities have taken on ownership of the efforts to protect snow leopards.

    Snow Leopard
  • How Camera Traps Help Panda Conservation

    August 25, 2016

    Camera traps in China have captured images and video footage of giant pandas that are often difficult to see in the wild. The photographs and video are some of the most amazing images ever of pandas and other species in their remote habitat, which were caught on film as part of long-term wildlife monitoring projects set up in panda nature reserves by the Chinese government and WWF.

    Panda photographed by a camera trap
  • Children dressed like whale sharks in fluvial parade during 2003 whale shark festival.
  • New US ivory regulations mark a victory in the fight to save elephants

    June 02, 2016

    Setting an example for the world in the fight to save elephants, the United States has finalized new regulations that will help shut down commercial elephant ivory trade within its borders and stop wildlife crime overseas.

    African elephant
  • How a simple technology is saving turtles

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2016
    Turtle Excluder Device