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Two black rhinos in South Africa

South Africa’s rhino poaching trends show a slight decrease—but death toll remains too high

New 2017 rhino poaching numbers out of South Africa show a small decrease from the previous year, but the death toll remains perilously high.

  • Gorilla twins of Dzanga-Sangha turn 2 years old

    January 25, 2018

    Inganda and Inguka are the first twins born to habituated western gorillas in the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas complex in the Central African Republic. Their second birthday is a reminder of the important work of the Primate Habituation Program.

    Gorilla twins Inganda and Inguka with their mother
  • New US elephant ivory market study helps agencies better regulate trade

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    In 2016, the US government imposed a “near-total ban” on imports, exports, and domestic trade of African elephant ivory. The findings led to recommendations that could help the US regulate the trade.
    African elephant on a white background
  • WWF supporters rally to stop elephant poaching in Myanmar

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    More than 3,000 WWF supporters donated a total of $263,211 to fund 10 antipoaching teams targeting Myanmar’s most vulnerable areas.
    antipoaching mynmar spring2018
  • Looking out for orangutans in Sumatra

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    Thanks to a groundbreaking agreement between a WWF-founded company and the residents of a rain forest village, Sumatran orangutan habitat is more secure than it was just a few years ago.
    orangutan spring2018
  • Doubling Tigers in Bhutan's Royal Manas National Park

    January 16, 2018

    In less than a decade, Bhutan’s Royal Manas National Park has achieved a big win for tiger conservation. From only 10 tigers in 2010, its population has now grown to 22. With a global population of as few as 3,890 wild tigers, every population increase matters. And it marks a significant step towards achieving the goal of doubling the world’s wild tigers.

    juvenile tiger in Royal Manas National Park
  • 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
  • Protecting the elusive Sumatran rhino

    The Sumatran rhino is so rare and elusive that even the most senior of the rangers have never seen the animal in the wild. But just because you don’t see something doesn't mean it’s is not there.

    Sumatran rhino
  • Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2017

    December 13, 2017

    As 2017 comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to highlight some of our biggest conservation successes of the year. And we couldn’t have done it without your support.

    Myanmar Elephant Restricted Campaign
  • Most Chinese consumers support an upcoming ban on elephant ivory in China—if they know about it

    By the end of December, it will be illegal to sell or buy elephant ivory in China. But will the new and critical ban succeed in a country that’s home to the largest legal ivory market in the world?

    elephants stand close together
  • Tiger ranger, scientist, and detective

    November 30, 2017

    Pavel Fomenko is a man of the wilderness and tiger protector with WWF-Russia. Here is his story.

    Pavel Fomenko sets up camera trap
  • 4 unseen benefits of protecting tigers and their habitat

    November 29, 2017

    From the world’s largest mangrove forests in the Sundarbans to temperate forests in the snowy mountains of Bhutan, protecting tigers and their natural homes helps provide benefits for thousands of other animals and millions of people.

    tiger in tall grass
  • Creating a future for healthy forests in Bhutan

    November 11, 2017

    Bhutan now has a great means for bringing that commitment to life—long-term funding to ensure its protected areas, which cover half of the country, are properly managed forever. It is the first initiative of its kind in Asia and one of only a few in the world.

    Bhutanese mountains in sunset
  • New species of orangutan announced

    November 02, 2017

    A new great ape species—the Tapanuli orangutan—was officially announced by an international team of scientists today. With 800 or fewer individuals, the Tapanuli orangutan is the rarest of all great apes.

    Tapanuli orangutan
  • New photo evidence of snow leopards in northeast India

    October 23, 2017

    For perhaps the first time ever, a snow leopard was captured by a camera trap in a remote forest in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh remains largely unexplored, making this photographic evidence of snow leopards especially significant. 

    snow leopard caught by camera trap
  • Saving vaquita: Retrieving ghost nets as dramatic new operation gets underway

    October 12, 2017

    In the Upper Gulf of California, scientists and fishermen work to protect the habitat of the world's smallest porpoise.

    Fisher pulling net from Gulf of Mexico
  • 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.
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  • 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
  • Uporny's Story

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2017
    Captured after close encounters with humans, Uporny the tiger was rehabilitated and released, offering researchers an unprecedented look into the wild life of an elusive big cat.
    Uporny looking at camera MagWinter2017 Matt Twombly
  • Baby rhino brings new hope to India’s Manas National Park

    September 22, 2017

    A baby rhino spotted alongside its mother in Manas National Park, located in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, is an encouraging new sign that the rhino population in the protected area is on the upswing.

    rhino and calf walk in Manas
  • Camera traps in Thailand reveal new tigers

    September 11, 2017

    Camera traps in Thailand's Mae Wong and Klong Lan National Parks reveal 16 new tigers— 6 cubs and 10 adults. 

    Adult tiger captured on a camera trap.
  • Bringing tigers back home to Kazakhstan

    September 08, 2017

    On September 8th, 2017, the Republic of Kazakhstan announced their plans to bring wild tigers back to their historical range in the Ili-Balkhash region, and signed a memorandum with WWF to implement a joint tiger reintroduction plan. These iconic cats will finally return to Kazakhstan, 70 years after going extinct there.

    A Bengal tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, India
  • Fire-tailed titi monkey and pink river dolphin among 381 new species discovered in the Amazon

    The report, New Species of Vertebrates and Plants in the Amazon 2014-2015, details 381 new species that were discovered over 24 months, including 216 plants, 93 fish, 32 amphibians, 20 mammals, 19 reptiles and one bird.

    Pink river dolphin and calf.
  • The right to roam: elephant encounters at a wildlife corridor

    August 24, 2017

    Wildlife roam large areas and do not recognize human-imposed boundaries. They need help doing things like crossing busy roads. This incredible elephant encounter emphasized how important movement corridors are for wildlife. 

    elephants in Kaziranga
  • 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