Wildlife Conservation Stories

  • Meet the residents who call the "Thirty Hills" forest home

    December 16, 2021

    The Thirty Hills Forest Company recently completed its first-ever biodiversity monitoring survey for tigers and other key wildlife species in one part of the forest.

    Man with red backpack stands on a forest path with group of children all waving at the camera
  • Innovation in river dolphin conservation

    December 07, 2021

    Electronic pingers attached to fishing nets create noises that deter dolphins and save them from becoming bycatch.

    dolphin jumping
  • 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
  • What does a snow leopard researcher do?

    November 22, 2021

    Samundra Subba is a research officer at WWF Nepal with a focus on large carnivores—primarily tigers and snow leopards. He’s joined six satellite telemetry expeditions of snow leopards. This is his journey.

    A snow leopard with a GPS collar gazes off into the distance in the snow
  • Wind Cave National Park donates 60 bison to Wolakota Buffalo Range

    October 22, 2021

    This addition pushes the herd ever closer to the milestone of 1,000 individuals—the number recommended by scientists to ensure the long-term genetic health of a herd and, in turn, the species.

    A bison looks at the camera as other bison mill around in the background
  • Tech companies remove or block 11.6 million listings for prohibited wildlife and products

    September 29, 2021

    Members of the Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online have removed or blocked more than 11.6 million listings for prohibited and endangered species and associated products since 2018.

    A rhino in Nepal looks directly at the camera on green grass
  • Understanding consumer behavior to reduce wildlife demand

    September 09, 2021

    Curbing illegal, unsustainable and high-disease-risk wildlife consumer demand is an urgent and difficult task. Conservationists are increasingly adopting an approach that integrates regulatory measures, consumer data, and behavioral science to successfully change attitudes and end wildlife demand.

    asian elephants kui buri thailand
  • 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
  • Wild tigers: We love them and don’t want to lose them

    July 29, 2021

    The world’s attention has never been more focused on tigers: 2022, also known as the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese Lunar calendar, is expected to be a critical juncture on the road ahead for tiger conservation.

    Male tiger walks through grasses of Kanha National Park, India
  • Road to recovery in Latin America

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2021
    An ambitious international plan could bring declining jaguar populations back.
    Jaguar lying down watching camera
  • The truth about white tigers

    July 13, 2021

    Learn four facts about white tigers, and captive tigers in general, that illustrate why the promotion of “endangered” white tigers, as just one example, is a ploy of those wanting to profit from captive tigers while providing no benefit to wild tiger conservation.

    A white tiger seen through the bars of a cage laying down with its mouth open in its enclosure in a zoo
  • What is human-wildlife conflict and why is it more than just a conservation concern?

    Human-wildlife conflict is when encounters between humans and wildlife lead to negative results, such as loss of property, livelihoods, and even life. The scope of the issue is significant and truly global, but we are nowhere near being able to address it at the scale needed.

    A person in brightly colored clothing sits on a raised platform looking out over the land on a sunny day
  • Tiger territory reaches new heights in Nepal

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2021
    A tiger spotted at record-heights in Nepal that the country’s tiger range likely extends much farther than previously thought.
    Tiger walking along river shore
  • New tiger sighting in Thailand gives hope for conservation

    June 29, 2021

    WWF-Thailand's tiger conservation team started working in Mae Wong and Khlong Lan National Parks 10 years ago. Today, they share the exciting news that their camera caught a female tiger prowling through the forest. Watch their video here!

    Close up portrait of an adult tiger in tall green reeds looking at the camera with its mouth open
  • 3 things you can do to help your local pollinators

    June 24, 2021

    Everyone knows the honey bee, but did you know that there are over 20,000 different species of bee in the world? Here are a few easy things that you can do to help out your local pollinators. 

    A close up of a bee clinging to a flower's stamen to collect pollen
  • Humans must learn to coexist with nature

    June 16, 2021

    Human-wildlife conflict, which involves many species of wildlife across the globe, is a nuanced and complex issue. Sustainable management of these conflicts and a more significant move towards coexistence can only be achieved by combining a comprehensive suite of measures with efforts to address the drivers or root causes of such conflicts and the associated social dynamics.

    A group of wild Sumatran elephants are tracked via a drone in the area of community plantation Musarapakat village.
  • Two snow leopards successfully collared in Nepal

    June 15, 2021

    Scientists successfully collared two snow leopards in Western Nepal—a feat that will help researchers learn more about this elusive and vulnerable species. The satellite GPS collaring of these big cats brings Nepal’s tally of collared snow leopards to eight.

    A snow leopard looks to the right wearing a satellite collar and sitting on a rocky slope
  • Why we need connected landscapes to save ungulate migrations

    An international team is working to create a much-needed global ungulate migration atlas to help guide conservation efforts. Ungulates provide most of the prey for the world’s large carnivore and scavenger populations, as well as food and livelihood opportunities for local and Indigenous communities. Their seasonal migrations are necessary for healthy ecosystems and sustaining the animals and people that depend on them.

    A zebra standing in tall grass turns its head around to look at the camera as teh sun sets
  • “One Health” and COVID-19, one year later

    May 24, 2021

    More than a year after the emergence of COVID-19, WWF worked with GlobeScan to conduct a survey of over 6,500 respondents in the United States, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar to build on the learnings from the original 2020 survey and gain a better understanding of consumer insight and perceptions of zoonotic spillover risk.

    A black toucan and small tan monkey tied to a cage by their legs at a market
  • More than 70% of snow leopard habitat remains unexplored

    May 17, 2021

    Snow leopards live in some of the most rugged landscapes in Asia’s high mountains, which makes it incredibly difficult to study these rare and elusive big cats. A large majority of snow leopard habitat remains under-researched, according to the first-ever systematic review of snow leopard research conducted to date.

    A snow leopard lying down in the snow looks directly at the camera
  • How solar power is helping a community and jaguars

    May 06, 2021

    A solar powered fence reduces jaguar attacks and brings electricity to a ranch for the very first time.

    jaguar in Mexican forest as captured by camera trap
  • Hopeful beginnings: First bison calves born on Wolakota Buffalo Range

    April 27, 2021

    As fresh snow redecorated the tranquil plains of the Wolakota Buffalo Range, new and precious life entered the world. Two bison calves took their first breaths amid the falling flakes—the first to be born on this ground in at least 140 years.

    A bison cow and her calf stand in a snowy field
  • A warning sign: where biodiversity loss is happening around the world

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    The Living Planet Index showed that different regions of the world have been experiencing biodiversity loss at different rates.
    Tree frog