Science Stories

  • Weather Stations for Conservation

    August 25, 2014

    WWF and The Coca-Cola Company, are trying to make sure today’s farmers to apply environmental knowledge to farming. Agricultural runoffs like pesticides, fertilizers and topsoil are some of the greatest threats to the Mesoamerican Reef, the second-largest reef in the world. 

    weather station
  • Report: US Communities and Wildlife Would Be Affected by Arctic Oil Spill

    July 25, 2014

    New research mapping a range of oil spill scenarios in the Canadian Beaufort Sea finds that a spill would likely reach the U.S. shorelines of Alaska and could affect the local communities and wildlife living there.

    Polar bear
  • Citizen Scientists Saving Snow Leopards

    July 15, 2014

    WWF has found a way to protect the snow leopard while also benefiting nomadic herders. As part of the USAID-funded Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities (AHM) project, local herders like Byambatsooj are now being trained and equipped to collect basic data on the remote mountains they know better than anyone else.

    camera trap set up
  • Saving Sharks Will Help Conserve the Great Barrier Reef

    June 10, 2014

    As apex predators, sharks control the delicate balance that exists between earth and one of its most important ecosystems: the ocean. At WWF, we’re leading the fight to save the world’s sharks and preserve the seascapes they call home.

    aerial great barrier reef
  • Flying Squirrel, Rainbow Lizard Among 367 New Species Discovered in the Greater Mekong

    June 05, 2014

    The Greater Mekong region is home to a vast variety of wildlife and spectacular natural landscapes. More than 1,300 new species have been cataloged in the region since 1997.

    giant green frog
  • Celebrating Migratory Fish

    May 30, 2014

    In China, rapid development is affecting the Chinese sturgeon, one of the four indicator species WWF is watching as a sign of the Yangtze River’s overall health.

    releasing sturgeon into yangtze
  • Zebras make Africa's longest land migration

    May 27, 2014

    In a groundbreaking study, a WWF-led team discovered Africa’s longest land mammal migration. The migration of Plains (or Burchell's) Zebra stretches from Namibia to Botswana—a distance of more than 300 miles roundtrip.

    zebras on dirt
  • Protecting the Amazon for life

    May 21, 2014

    A model for conservation, the Amazon Region Protected Areas ensures 150 million acres—three times the size of all US parks combined—of the Amazon are protected for life.

    Amazon
  • Calling KAZA Home: The Animals of Southern Africa

    May 19, 2014

    The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) crosses five southern African countries and protects 109 million acres of land. The breadth and variety of wildlife in KAZA is astounding.

    hippo in water
  • Polar Bear Expedition Finds Little Ice and Few Mother Bears

    April 30, 2014

    WWF scientists spent two weeks in April on a research expedition to the islands of Arctic Norway to study polar bears and their habitat. They gathered data on 53 bears total and placed GPS collars on seven females. 

    ear tag
  • Changing a River’s Trajectory

    April 15, 2014

    WWF and partners are working to restore a section of the Rio Grande/Bravo along the US-Mexico border. The river’s water is already 150% over-allocated and the onset of climate change has led to serious drought.

    big bend national park
  • Dance-Worthy Statistics

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2014
    WWF’s Louise Glew on the social impacts of conservation
    glew portrait
  • Happy Fish, Happy People

    February 20, 2014

    Thanks to a new mobile app, the process of gathering fishery data in the Solomon Islands has entered the digital age.

    solomon island fishery
  • An Eye in the Sky for Boots on the Ground

    February 03, 2014

    About a year ago, WWF received a Google Global Impact Award grant to launch WWF’s Wildlife Crime Technology Project. Today, the project is literally taking flight.

    google wildlife crime
  • Crowdsourcing for Conservation

    WWF and six other NGOs announced the Freshwater Fish BioBlitz on February 2, 2014. This new digital platform enables anyone with a camera to contribute to freshwater conservation.

    canoe looking
  • Monarch Population Hits Lowest Point in More Than 20 Years

    January 29, 2014

    In the most recent migration, fewer of the orange- and red-winged monarchs made it to the end of the journey than ever before. The monarch butterfly population in Mexico was the lowest ever since 1993.

    monarchs in sky
  • Snow Leopard Cubs a Sign of Hope

    January 06, 2014

    Camera trap images of two snow leopard cubs tussling and tumbling in eastern Russia indicate a potential resurgence of a once-decimated population.

    snow leopard cubs
  • Amazing Snow Leopard Images from Nepal

    December 18, 2013

    After an ongoing project tracking elusive snow leopards in a remote area of northeastern Nepal, a government-led project team that included WWF succeeded in fitting a satellite-GPS collar on one of nature’s most elusive big cats on November 25.

    snow leopard in Nepal
  • Saola Rediscovered: Rare Photos of Elusive Species from Vietnam

    November 12, 2013

    The saola—one of the rarest and most threatened mammals on the planet—was photographed in Vietnam for the first time in 15 years by a camera trap set by WWF and the Vietnamese government’s Forest Protection Department.

    female saola
  • Expedition to the Arctic

    September 05, 2013

    We know very little about the wildlife and habitat of the Siberian coast, and so WWF teamed up with Canon on a research expedition to learn more.

    walrus in laptev
  • Tracking Tuna in the Coral Triangle

    May 01, 2013

    WWF is tracking the movements of yellowfin tuna in the waters off the Philippines in the Coral Triangle. By gathering more information on the movements of these tuna, we can improve management of the tuna fishery.

    Yellowfin Tuna
  • Tracking Turtles By Satellite for Better Conservation

    April 02, 2013

    WWF places satellite tags on marine turtles in many areas around the world. The information collected from the tags helps us to design better management strategies for their conservation, such as creating marine protected areas for important feeding areas or addressing threats to nesting beaches.

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  • Monarch Butterfly Survey Indicates Lowest Numbers in 20 Years

    March 14, 2013

    The percentage of forest occupied by monarch butterflies in Mexico, used as an indicator of the number of butterflies that arrive to that country each winter, reached its lowest level in two decades.

    Monarch on yellow flower
  • At Work Among the Coral Reefs

    December 12, 2012

    Surveying the coral reefs of the Raja Ampat islands, WWF's Helen Fox works to protect marine areas for generations to come.

     

    Helen Fox diving