Wildlife Conservation Stories

  • In a win for wild tigers, the US Senate passes major legislation against wildlife crime

    December 07, 2022

    In a major win for tigers, the US Senate passed legislation that will help prevent captive tigers from ending up in the illegal trade of their parts and products—a primary threat to big cats in the wild. The Big Cat Public Safety Act now goes to President Biden to sign.

    A tiger walks through the snow on a sunny day in China
  • How wildlife help combat the climate crisis

    November 29, 2022

    Combatting climate change helps save wildlife populations around the globe, but the reverse is also true: Wildlife conservation plays an essential role in regulating our climate. By saving wildlife, we help save the planet, including ourselves.

    Sea otter closeup of face
  • It's spooky season. Settle in with an eerie wildlife playlist.

    Settle in for a playlist that's a bit frightening. But ultimately, the world would be a lot scarier without any wildlife.

    Closeup of fox peering left
  • KAZA's first-ever coordinated aerial elephant survey launched

    October 06, 2022

    The first-ever synchronized and coordinated aerial survey of Africa's largest savanna elephant populations is underway in the five countries that make up the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA). Launched in northwest Zimbabwe at the end of August, the survey is undertaken by the five KAZA partner countries—Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe—and with support from WWF and other partners.

     Aerial view of the african bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) in the Qorokwe concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Critically endangered Arctic foxes successfully breed in Finland

    This is the first time in over 25 years that the Arctic fox has successfully bred in Finland. In recent years, more Arctic fox observations have been made at the feeding stations maintained by Metsähallitus, National Parks Finland, and WWF, making breeding expected.

    Arctic foxes photographed from the distance in a snowy mountain landscape
  • Nepal nearly triples its wild tiger population

    July 29, 2022

    Nepal is now the second country to double its wild tiger population. It’s an incredible achievement and testament to the conservation efforts of the government, partners, and local communities over the last 12 years.

    Two young tigers run alongside a riverbank in Nepal
  • Camera traps capture mother tiger with four cubs

    July 18, 2022

    With fewer than 150 individuals, tigers in Malaysia are on the brink of extinction. So imagine the surprise and joy when tiger conservationists spotted a tigress with four cubs on camera traps set up to monitor the population.

    Camera trap image of a tiger mother walking through the forest behind three of her cubs with a fourth cub partially hidden by trees
  • Life among the mangroves

    July 14, 2022

    Straddling the land and the sea with a tangle of arching roots, mangrove trees guard coastlines all over the world. Learn about the wildlife that relies on these special trees for their survival.

    A proboscis monkey sits in a mangrove tree
  • A baby gorilla and multiple elephant calves make their debut in Dzanga-Sangha

    June 16, 2022

    A baby gorilla and a slew of newborn African forest elephants were spotted in the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas complex—a biodiversity hotspot that’s home to an incredible range of wildlife from bongos to forest buffalo.

    A baby elephant walks through the mud
  • Why connectivity matters to wildlife—and people

    Connectivity is the unimpeded movement of animals and the flow of natural processes that sustain life on Earth. Our planet will only survive if its ecosystems are connected.

    Overhead view of roads in jungle
  • What is people-centered tiger conservation?

    Finding effective ways to partner with people living and working in areas where tigers roam is vital for the long-term recovery of these big cats.

    A group of citizen scientists walk through a winding path in the forest
  • What is the sixth mass extinction and what can we do about it?

    The planet has experienced five previous mass extinction events, the last one occurring 65.5 million years ago which wiped out the dinosaurs from existence. Experts now believe we’re in the midst of a sixth mass extinction.

    A lone mangrove on parched land
  • Leveraging technology to support mountain gorilla conservation

    March 08, 2022

    Home of Gorillas launched in February after winning the Beyond Tourism in Africa Innovation Challenge to foster new income-generating ideas beyond tourism for both local communities and wildlife conservation in Africa.

    A gorilla looks off into the distance while sitting among greenery
  • Eight species making a comeback

    March 03, 2022

    Recovering species is essential for effective wildlife conservation and critical to the work WWF does around the world. Here are just a few of our favorite, recent recovery stories.

    Banke Nepal camera trap
  • First-ever satellite tagging of river dolphins in Asia

    February 22, 2022

    In a major boost to the conservation of the endangered Indus river dolphin, WWF experts in collaboration with the Sindh Wildlife Department safely tagged three dolphins in Pakistan with satellite transmitters in January 2022.

    A gray river dolphin's head breaches the water
  • From tiny to mighty

    February 17, 2022

    Meet the puppies that protect herder families and snow leopards in Mongolia.

    A baby stands smiling at the camera while a sitting puppy sniffs the baby's face face
  • More than mere insects: the brilliant mind of Charles Henry Turner

    Charles Henry Turner was one of the pioneers of the study of insect cognition. However, tragically and despite his brilliance, Turner wasn’t afforded an opportunity to conduct his research within one of the world’s great scientific institutions because of blatant discrimination over his race. 

    An illustration featuring Charles Henry Turner and a meeting of Teddy Roosevelt and George Washington Carver in the background.
  • Scientists discover 224 new species in the Greater Mekong

    February 03, 2022

    A new WWF report reveals 224 plant and vertebrate animal species were discovered in the Greater Mekong region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam) in 2020.

    Closeup of a gray frog looking into the camera and sitting on a brown leaf
  • Restoring Asia's roar: 12 ways tigers made a comeback in 12 years

    February 01, 2022

    From community support to strong political will, here are 12 ways tiger range countries have been working to restore Asia's roar over the last 12 years.

    A tigress and cub snuggle while facing one another
  • How scientists count tigers in India

    January 27, 2022

    From dense jungles to the Himalayas, tigers are an elusive species—hard to find and hard to count. But, thanks to the use of camera traps, the movements and behaviors of tigers are now less of a mystery.

    A tiger walks across leaves in the jungle in India
  • What you may not know about the primates of the Greater Mekong

    January 13, 2022

    Did you know that Southeast Asia’s Greater Mekong region is home to a remarkable 44 species of primates?

    Fluffy orange monkey sitting in leafy trees
  • 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