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Imperiled polar bears face new threat in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In some areas of the Arctic, female polar bears are more frequently choosing to build their maternity dens on land, rather than sea ice. The land provides the stability and security that sea ice no longer can—at least until human activity comes into the picture.

  • Arrival of baby orangutan is a symbol of hope for conservation in Sumatra

    November 30, 2016

    One of the last great stands of rain forest in the deforestation hotspot of the Indonesian island of Sumatra has welcomed an exciting new addition: a baby female orangutan. The infant is the first orangutan born in the Thirty Hills conservation concession since WWF and its partners began managing the 100,000-acre forest in 2015.

    Orangutan Violet with her newborn baby
  • A better road ahead for wild tigers

    November 23, 2016

    Earlier this year, WWF estimated an increase in the number of tigers worldwide, up to 3,890 in 2016 from an estimated 3,200 in 2010. But success to date is tenous: According to a new report from WWF, tigers now face a threat far greater than many we’ve tackled before: linear infrastructure.

    Sumatran tiger
  • New anti-poaching technology leads to dozens of arrests of wildlife criminals in Africa

    November 21, 2016

    WWF installed a new thermal infrared camera that can identify poachers from afar by their body heat—even in the dead of night—and it has since transformed the way rangers track down and apprehend criminals since its introduction in March.

    A man installing solar panels for FLIR camera system
  • Nine big wins for the world’s tigers

    November 17, 2016

    In November 2010, 13 tiger range countries came together and made an unprecedented pledge: to double the number of wild tigers by 2022. Mobilized by a century of dramatic decline, leaders convened in St. Petersburg, Russia to sign a declaration boosting tiger conservation efforts. This initial effort has led to significant momentum and progress, and for the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers are on the rise. Here are some highlights from the last six years. 

    Bengal cub walking in a meadow in India
  • New research shows investing in elephant conservation is smart economic policy

    November 01, 2016

    WWF’s African Elephant Program funded a research project that used techniques from economics and statistics to better understand the value of elephant conservation to local economies in Africa.

    tourists watch an elephant
  • Why do polar bears have white fur? And nine other polar bear facts

    October 26, 2016

    Who doesn't love the big, burly white bears of the north? Polar bears—at the top of the food chain and vital to the health of the Arctic marine environment—are important to the cultures and economies of Arctic peoples. 

     

    Polar bear with two cubs
  • Snow leopard research provides new challenges to an old hand

    October 20, 2016

    In the 19 years Tenzin has been working in conservation, Wangchuck Centennial National Park's first ever population survey of snow leopards has been the most challenging project, but also the most satisfying. 

    Ranger Tenzin
  • Where do snow leopards live? And nine other snow leopard facts

    October 20, 2016

    Snow leopards scale the great, steep slopes of mountains in Central Asia with ease, blending into the landscape. But these endangered cats face many threats including habitat loss, reduced prey and retaliatory killings. WWF works to reduce human-leopard conflict and protect the fragile snow leopard habitat.

    Snow Leopard
  • 6 things to know about Tanzania’s largest protected area—and why we need to save it

    Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa’s oldest reserves and Tanzania’s largest protected area, holds vast potential, but it also faces a number of threats. By bringing together governments, local communities, industry and civil society groups, we can transform Selous into a success story.

    Sunset over Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania
  • Tag Team

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    The Wildlife Crime Technology Project (WCTP) designs and builds cutting-edge technologies to combat wildlife poaching.
    Powell and Becker at computer
  • A design firm helps polar bear experts get creative with tracking technology

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    When WWF polar bear expert Elisabeth Kruger was organizing a workshop to brainstorm new designs for polar bear tracking devices, she wanted to make sure the event generated the most interesting, unexpected, and—hopefully—groundbreaking designs possible.
    Polar Bear Tracking Winter 2016 Magazine
  • Five rhinos find a new home in Nepal

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    Over five days in February 2016, five rhinos were moved from Chitwan National Park to a new home in Bardia National Park.
    Rhino freed
  • A US ban on elephant ivory carves out a better future for the species

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    On June 2, 2016, the US Fish & Wildlife Service announced new federal regulations implementing a nearly complete ban on commercial ivory trade in the United States.
    Elephant
  • Captive Tigers in the US

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    There are thousands of captive tigers throughout the country. You can fi nd them in backyard enclosures, petting zoos, and even truck stops.
    Tiger Locked Up In Depth Winter 2016 Magazine
  • WWF sets its sights on returning Persian leopards to Russia

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    WWF's groundbreaking program to reintroduce Persian leopards to the Caucasus, where the cats were once abundant.
    Leopard jumps Winter 2016 Magazine
  • CITES: Big steps for wildlife

    October 01, 2016

    During the world’s largest ever wildlife trade meeting—the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)—governments united behind a series of tough decisions to provide greater protection to a host of threatened species and bolster efforts to tackle soaring levels of poaching and wildlife trafficking.

    Head portrait of a Sumatran rhino
  • Huge drop in African elephant population as poaching crisis continues

    September 25, 2016

    Africa’s elephant population has crashed by an estimated 111,000 in the past decade primarily due to poaching, according to the IUCN’s African Elephant Status Report.

    Elephants walking in KAZA
  • Bipartisan Senate legislation gets tough on wildlife crime

    September 16, 2016

    Among the measures included in the END Wildlife Trafficking Act are measures that will ensure federal agencies continue to use a coordinated, whole-of-government approach as they respond to the global poaching crisis and direct them to work with affected countries to improve their abilities to protect wildlife populations, disrupt wildlife trafficking networks and prosecute wildlife criminals.

    African elephant at dusk
  • Giant panda no longer Endangered

    September 04, 2016

    The giant panda has just been downgraded from ‘Endangered’ to ‘Vulnerable’ on the global list of species at risk of extinction, demonstrating how an integrated approach to conservation can help save our planet’s vanishing biodiversity.

    Giant Panda
  • How Camera Traps Help Panda Conservation

    August 25, 2016

    Camera traps in China have captured images and video footage of giant pandas that are often difficult to see in the wild. The photographs and video are some of the most amazing images ever of pandas and other species in their remote habitat, which were caught on film as part of long-term wildlife monitoring projects set up in panda nature reserves by the Chinese government and WWF.

    Panda photographed by a camera trap
  • Extreme weather threatens monarch butterfly habitat

    August 22, 2016

    Extreme weather caused by climate change is now a primary driver of forest degradation in key wintering habitat for monarch butterflies in Mexico, according to a new report.

    monarchs in trees in Mexico
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  • WWF introduces innovative technologies to combat poaching in Kenya

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2016
    WWF’s Wildlife Crime Technology Project (WCTP) is piloting innovative technologies to combat poaching in Kenya.
    Testing controls