Wildlife Conservation Stories

  • Researchers use drones to count river dolphins in Brazil

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2017
    On a river in Brazil, a quadcopter drone whirred over the water, transmitting a stream of images to a computer. Researchers and the small aircraft had the same job: spotting river dolphins.
    Dolphin Magazine Summer2017
  • Virginia "Ginny" Busch on the importance of hands-on conservation

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2017
    Busch assumed the helm of the Endangered Wolf Center, and she was determined to instill a strong educational component into its core mission. She believes in the power of local conservation.
    Ginny Busch
  • On Lobby Day, WWF activists head to Capitol Hill to engage leaders on conservation issues

    March 15, 2017

    The halls of Congress came alive on Tuesday as dozens of WWF activists from across the country met with their representatives to advocate for international conservation funding on Lobby Day 2017.

    activists walk up steps to Congressional building
  • On World Wildlife Day, give your stamp of approval to conservation funding

    March 03, 2017

    On World Wildlife Day, we’re asking our US representatives to continue the nation’s legacy as a champion for conservation by supporting wildlife conservation programs and renewing the Save Vanishing Species Semipostal Stamp.

    tiger sitting in field
  • South African rhino poaching numbers show need for urgent action

    February 27, 2017

    In 2016 alone, 1,054 rhinos were reported killed in South Africa.This figure represents a loss in rhinos of approximately 6% in South Africa, which is close to the birth rate, meaning the population remains perilously close to the tipping point.

    black rhino and calf
  • Laying the groundwork for snow leopard conservation in Sikkim

    February 21, 2017

    Phuchung Lachenpa and his team are using local knowledge to set up camera traps throughout their region, laying groundwork for improving snow leopard conservation efforts. 

    Two snow leopards caught on a camera trap
  • Vaquita population drops to 30 individuals

    February 03, 2017

    According to a new report, the world’s most rare marine mammal is growing closer to extinction with a population drop of 50% in the last year alone.  

    Fins
  • WWF leads snare removal from injured female gorilla

    January 30, 2017

    When WWF staffers noticed Wusa, a dedicated gorilla mother, had her wrist caught in a snare, they knew they needed to help her. 

    Gorilla Wusa is treated by WWF
  • Tracking elephants in Kenya to prevent human-wildlife conflict

    January 26, 2017

    WWF is partnering with the Kenyan Wildlife Service and Narok County Council to collar matriarch elephants in the Maasai Mara reserve to track them as they move inside and outside of the reserve, in order to better understand how to mitigate human wildlife conflict and to maintain vital wildlife corridors.

    African elephants in the Masai Mara reserve, Kenya
  • A photographer gets close to one of the world’s rarest cats

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    The Iberian lynx is one of the world’s most endangered cat species. Once found in Spain, Portugal, and parts of France, this small, short-tailed carnivore is now mostly confined to a few regions of Spain.
    iberian lynx spring2017
  • US government releases a new plan to protect polar bears

    January 09, 2017

    The Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan, which focuses on actions for the two U.S. subpopulations in Alaska, stresses the importance of climate change mitigation in curbing the loss of the polar bear’s sea ice habitat.

    Polar bear with two cubs
  • A monumental win for elephants: China will ban ivory trade by 2017

    December 30, 2016

    Today, we celebrate another big win for elephant conservation with China’s game-changing decision to end domestic ivory trade by 2017. The new regulations come as part of the government’s efforts to reduce demand for elephant ivory and help end the global elephant poaching crisis.

    African elephant
  • Nicholas Hoult joins WWF in Nepal to learn about rhino conservation

    December 19, 2016

    Nicholas Hoult traveled to Chitwan National Parkin in Nepal to learn about Nepal's and WWF's conservation efforts to protect the greater one-horned rhinos that are threatened by poaching and habitat loss, among other dangers. 

    Nicholas Hoult with a baby rhino
  • Rainbow-headed snake, dragon-like lizard among 163 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong

    WWF report Species Oddity documents the work of hundreds of scientists who recently discovered 163 new species in the Greater Mekong Region. 

    A rainbow-headed snake
  • Protecting snow leopards and pandas with Disneynature's Born in China

    Through the release of its new film, Born in China, Disneynature takes moviegoers on a journey into the wilds of China. The film will support WWF’s comprehensive conservation efforts in China and funds raised from Born in China will focus on improving landscape connectivity and integrity across three landscapes that are home to the species in the film and covering the traditional range of the giant panda. 

  • Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2016

    December 01, 2016

    The past year has shown us that when we work together, we can challenge the threats to nature and help ensure its ability to provide—for the sake of every living thing. Take a look at 2016 in review.

    Elephants close
  • 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

    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

    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