Wildlife Conservation Stories

  • 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
  • Patrol ranger Qiu Shi on protecting China’s tigers

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    In a male-dominated profession, Qiu Shi is a member of the only all-female patrol team working to monitor and protect tigers and their habitats in Northeast China.
    Forest rangers in the field
  • Rhino populations are recovering in Namibia thanks to community-led interventions

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    Black rhino populations are recovering in Namibia thanks to community-led interventions.
    Rhino surrounded by vegetation
  • Nepal’s rhino population increases by 16%—a sign of hope for the species

    April 15, 2021

    Nepal’s rhino population has increased by 16%, according to the results of the National Rhino Count 2021—a promising sign for the greater one-horned rhino population in the country.

    A greater one-horned rhino chews leaves in a verdant area of Nepal
  • Sprinkler system gives hope to flying foxes in Australia

    April 13, 2021

    With climate change driving more extreme heat events in Australia, species across the country are at heightened risk. Flying foxes, in particular, can suffer fatal heat stress when temperatures climb to over 108 degrees, an occurrence growing more and more common across the country. But a successful trial of a system of atmospheric cooling sprinklers has given hope to researchers working to protect this vulnerable species.

    Grey headed flying fox takes flight from a large leafy tree
  • Carnivore collaring in Zambia helps protect wildlife and communities

    April 07, 2021

    In an effort to better understand large carnivores like lions and wild dogs, scientists in Zambia use radio collars to track their movements, distribution, and behavior. The more we know about these umbrella species, the better we can protect them and mitigate human-wildlife conflict with the communities they share land with.

    Portrait of a large male lion standing in tall tan grass
  • What does the world gain when we protect tigers?

    April 01, 2021

    Tigers and the habitat they live in provide untold benefits to people, other wildlife, and the climate. Tom Gray, who is the Tiger Scientist at WWF's Tigers Alive Initiative, explains what's at risk if we were to lose tigers.

    Tiger walking in tall grass in a beautiful golden light
  • Eye to eye: An up-close encounter with gray whales in Mexico's Baja Peninsula

    March 30, 2021

    Every late winter and early spring, gray whales navigate to the protected bays of the Baja Peninsula, to mate or give birth to their young. Getting up close to these amazing animals is an unforgettable experience.

    A close-up of a gray whale underwater but near the surface
  • Exciting new survey shows stable snow leopard population in Mongolia

    March 17, 2021

    Mongolia’s first-ever national snow leopard survey shows that the country’s population of this elusive, big cat is stable. The survey confirmed the presence of approximately 953 snow leopards—an exciting discovery because it indicates that current conservation efforts are effective and will help develop future strategies to protect this charismatic big cat.

    A snow leopard stalks along a mountain pass in Mongolia