Protecting Species Stories

  • Whales on the move

    July 05, 2022

    The growing dangers whales face worldwide along their epic migrations are signs of an ocean in peril, and reveal how these waters connect us all.

    A baby humpback whale glides along its mother's back underwater
  • Uncle Eddie and the Gudjuda Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers

    May 12, 2022

    Indigenous rangers in Australia reconnecting to their traditional territories.

    View of a person's back against the beach. Wearing a khaki hat and jacket that says "Gudjuda Rangers"
  • Eight species making a comeback

    March 03, 2022

    Recovering species is essential for effective wildlife conservation and critical to the work WWF does around the world. Here are just a few of our favorite, recent recovery stories.

    Banke Nepal camera trap
  • What you may not know about the primates of the Greater Mekong

    January 13, 2022

    Did you know that Southeast Asia’s Greater Mekong region is home to a remarkable 44 species of primates?

    Fluffy orange monkey sitting in leafy trees
  • A day in the life of a tiger tracker

    December 01, 2021

    From morning coffee before setting out on their journey, to installing camera traps, to stories of run-ins with tigers, follow a day in the life of a tiger tracking team in Nepal. 

    A man sits at a campfire in the woods cooking something over the flames
  • North Atlantic right whale population continues to decline, raising alarms

    November 29, 2021

    Only 366 critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are left, experts say, representing a shocking 8% decline in a single year and the lowest number in about 20 years for this iconic species. Human impacts—specifically entanglements in fixed fishing gear and vessel strikes from ship traffic—remain the biggest threats to the survival of this species.

    North Atlantic right whale and calf swim in green waters off the coast of Florida
  • How elephant collaring can help manage human-elephant conflict and improve elephant conservation

    August 12, 2021

    WWF-India is in the process of fitting GPS-enabled collars on wild elephants to better understand the animals’ basic movements and help local communities.

    Herd of elephants walking through tea garden in Assam, India
  • 5 forest-dwelling wildlife species we love

    March 03, 2021

    Celebrating 5 of our favorite wildlife species living in forest habitats around the world.

    A side view of an adult jaguar walking in front of large tangled tree branches
  • A snaring crisis grips Southeast Asia, threatening its biodiversity

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    A deadly crisis is spreading across Southeast Asia, silently emptying forests of wildlife. Snaring impacts over 700 mammal species in the region, including rare animals such as the Asian elephant.
    Elephant line illustration
  • Tatyana Minenko, polar bear patrol team leader

    January 15, 2021

    Every fall, the Ryrkaipiy polar bear patrol, with the support of WWF Russia, works to protect the community and prevent human-wildlife conflict. Tatyana Minenko has been leading the patrol team since 2006. That’s when the climate crisis increased conflict in her village.

    Closeup of a woman looking through binnoculars, wearing yellow gloves and a white hat, blurry background
  • New Facebook alert informs users about wildlife trafficking

    December 21, 2020

    Since 2016, Facebook and WWF have been working together to address wildlife trafficking by detecting and removing illicit activity that fuels the trade in wildlife and its products on one of the largest social media platforms in the world. As part of this effort, Facebook launched a new pop-up interstitial alert message that will inform users about illegal wildlife trade when certain wildlife-related search words are entered.

    A barbary macaque sits in a tree looking up
  • An Eye on Recovery

    December 17, 2020

    WWF is helping to support Australia’s first large-scale collaborative camera trap project.

    Two men crouching down on the ground to set up netting and a camera to capture images of wildlife passing by
  • Investing in "Thirty Hills"

    October 27, 2020

    Thirty Hills is the last large block of intact, lowland forest still standing in central Sumatra. After five years of successful forest conservation, we celebrate five major wins within this critically important landscape.

    The Bukit Tigapuluh, or “Thirty Hills,” landscape is one of the last great stands of rain forest in the deforestation hotspot that is the Indonesian island of Sumatra
  • Scientists record 110 new species in Greater Mekong

    August 25, 2020

    A new WWF report details a vibrant diversity of plants and vertebrate animals in Southeast Asia that have never been scientifically identified.

    A close up of a lizard's face.
  • Elephant collaring – protecting the giants of Sabah

    August 12, 2020

    The Elephant Conservation Unit of WWF-Malaysia uses collaring to learn more about the elephants in Sabah. The information they collect from these collars helps the conservationists better protect the elephants and develop strategies to reduce instances of human wildlife conflict. 

    Two elephants emerge from a palm oil plantation
  • Do you know what's really on your plate?

    July 23, 2020

    Since 1970, global populations of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have declined an average of 70%. For freshwater species, the situation is even bleaker; in that same time frame, populations have declined by 84%, and 1 in 3 freshwater species are now threatened with extinction. Being mindful of what species are at risk in the marine and freshwater environments can help you protect these animals from disappearing for good and enjoy your seafood responsibly.

    Bluefin tuna sushi sitting on a plate
  • Safe Zone

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2020
    In the heart of the Central African Republic, Dzanga-Sangha stands as a model for stability and peace—and a safe place for elephants and gorillas to roam.
    Ba’Aka elders facing camera
  • Cockatoo chicks discovered after fires ravage Kangaroo Island

    July 08, 2020

    Six months ago, bushfires ravaged Kangaroo Island. The endangered glossy black cockatoo was pushed to the brink of extinction. But chicks were recently discovered amid burnt bushland, boosting hopes that the species can be saved.

    A pair of Kangaroo Island glossy black-cockatoos in unburnt habitat
  • Searching for koalas that survived bushfires in Australia

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2020
    In the aftermath of Australia’s devastating bushfires, WWF deployed field detection dogs to help locate surviving wildlife. During five days of searches in January 2020, the dogs found 10 koalas.
    Dog and trainer in woods
  • Wildlife corridors help elephants move between habitats in Malaysia

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2020
    In Malaysian state of Sabah, WWF is helping to establish a wildlife corridor through a palm oil plantation to connect two reserves, which will protect crops and allow wildlife to roam freely.
    Elephants
  • 5 things Tiger King doesn’t explain about captive tigers

    March 31, 2020

    Tiger King, Netflix’s new docu-series, is roaring with popularity, but behind the drama, there is a frightful truth: captive tigers in the United States are a significant conservation issue and could impact tigers in the wild.

    Caged tiger, Indiana, United States
  • Citizen scientists help conserve Nepal’s tigers from behind the lens

    In Nepal, citizen scientists are working with biologists from WWF to help protect tigers, rhinos, elephants, and other wildlife found in Bardia National Park.

    Sabita Malla (front), tiger expert at WWF Nepal, is installing a camera trap with citizen scientists responsible for monitoring tigers in the Khata Corridor. Most visible citizen scientist here is Chabbi Thara Magar.
  • Rhino poaching on the decline in South Africa

    Illegal killings of rhinos in South Africa are on the decline. In 2019, poachers killed 594 rhinos, down from 769 in the year prior, according to South Africa’s Department of the Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries.

    Two black rhinos in South Africa
  • What I saw at a Chinese tiger farm and what it means for wild tigers

    January 09, 2020

    Leigh Henry, WWF’s Director of Wildlife Policy, recently returned from a trip to China – the country where tiger farms started back in the 1980s. Leigh and her colleagues visited one of the world’s largest tiger farms– the Harbin Siberian Tiger Park – in the northeast corner of China. This is what she saw on her visit.

    Tiger Farm