Russell E. Train Education for Nature Stories

  • Celebrating 25 Years of Conservation Success

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2019
    In 1994, the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program was created at WWF to offer financial and educational support to the next generation of international conservation leaders. A look back:
    Illustrated portrait of Illa Shrestha
  • WWF welcomes the 2018 class of conservation leaders

    Ten inspirational conservationists from six countries will use their expertise to conserve the world’s most critical ecosystems through WWF’s unique fellowship program.

    Ximena Tagle portrait
  • WWF welcomes the 2017 class of conservation leaders

    September 26, 2017

    WWF would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2017 Russell E. Train Fellowship. Funded by the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN), Train Fellows pursue their graduate degrees in conservation-related fields anywhere in the world and then return to their home countries better equipped to take on global conservation challenges.

    Gabriela Barragán Altamirano in the field
  • WWF welcomes a new class of conservation leaders

    WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2016 Russell E. Train Fellowship.

    EFN fellow Trang Nguyen
  • Conservationists on the rise

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2016
    Jonah Ratsimbazafy
  • Meet the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders

    September 16, 2015

    WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2015 Russell E. Train Fellowship. For over 20 years, EFN has supported inspiring individuals from across the globe to earn advanced degrees in conservation-related fields. Train Fellows attend top universities around the world, work closely with leading conservation specialists, and research topics critical to WWF and the conservation community.

    EFN Grantee Celia
  • Ranger Ghislain Somba Byombo on Protecting the Wildlife He Loves

    July 30, 2015

    For over 20 years, Ghislain Somba Byombo has risked his life to protect wildlife in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His reason for doing so is simple: he wants to save the animals he loves so dearly and keep the natural beauty of his country intact.

    ranger ghislain somba byombo
  • How Environmental Policy Can Help Myanmar

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    woman in field
  • Welcoming a New Generation of Conservation Leaders

    August 29, 2014

    Each year, WWF provides support to proven and potential conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America so they may pursue graduate studies in WWF priority places. This year, WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) selected 26 outstanding individuals from around the world to receive Russell E. Train Fellowships.

    EFN fellow
  • Conservation for All

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2014
    Roger and Vicki Sant: Paying it forward to the next generation of conservation leaders
    Gabon's Suzy Marleine Aboumgone Obame is testing a new approach to the bushmeat crisis in Central Africa while pursuing a master's degree in wildlife management.
  • EFN Grantee and Conservationist Walks for Elephants in Kenya

    November 05, 2013

    EFN grantee Jim Nyamu is working to raise awareness of threats to elephants by walking more than 650 miles from Massai Mara to Nairobi on a campaign called Ivory Belongs to Elephants.

    Elephants play fight in Kenya
  • Nepali Ranger Strives for Another Year of Zero Poaching

    August 07, 2013

    Since the beginning of his career, Maharjan has always worked to stop wildlife crime. Today, he organizes anti-poaching surveillance missions using intelligence gathered from a wide network of local informants.

    ranger with rhino calves