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  • A Plan to Save the Great Apes of Central Africa

    March 31, 2015

    Gorilla and chimpanzee populations in Central Africa continue to decline due to poaching, habitat loss and disease. National parks and reserves in six range countries protect only 21 percent of western lowland gorillas and central chimpanzees, according to a new report.

    chimpanzee
  • Going Beyond Earth Hour

    March 27, 2015

    Around the globe we are already feeling the effects of climate change: extreme weather events, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels, to name a few. These impacts may sometimes leave us feeling helpless. But if we act now, there is still time to face this threat and there is plenty that we can do as individuals to make a real difference.

    bicycles lined up
  • A Milestone in the Race to Save the Critically Endangered Yangtze Finless Porpoises

    March 26, 2015

    The critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoise received a lifeline this week when the Chinese government executed a plan to move a small group of the species to a new home.

    Swimming finless porpoises
  • Bhutan's Prime Minister on Protecting Forests at Home

    March 24, 2015

    Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay came to the United States this week to share a true story that has inspired his country and, he hopes, will inspire the world.

    Bhutan Prime Minister
  • Clean Water for Healthy Communities

    March 23, 2015

    Water—and the sanitation it provides—is an essential ingredient for healthy human life. It is crucial to remember this as world leaders finalize the Sustainable Development Goals, a United Nations-led global framework that will guide development priorities for the next 15 years.

    cameroon washing clothes
  • Record Low for Winter Sea Ice in the Arctic

    March 19, 2015

    Following the Earth's warmest year since records began in 1880, Arctic sea ice has shrunk to its lowest maximum winter extent recorded. This record measurement is a sign of thin, slow-growing ice.

    arctic sea ice broken up
  • Thailand Faces Sanctions If It Fails to Stop Ivory Trade

    March 19, 2015

    Thailand has until the end of March 2015 to take measures to shut down domestic trade in illegal elephant ivory or it will face trade sanctions under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), which met in Geneva last July.

    African elephants
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  • Evanston, IL, Named 2015 US Earth Hour Capital

    March 16, 2015

    Evanston, Illinois, is our new 2015 US Earth Hour Capital. An international jury selected the city from among 44 participating US cities. WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge highlights and supports local action towards climate change including transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy and preparing for the impacts of extreme weather.

    evanston skyline
  • New US Action Plan to Combat Black Market Fishing

    March 15, 2015

    The Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud announced its action plan in its efforts to stop the import and sale of IUU seafood products in the United States on March 15, 2015, at the largest seafood show in North America.

    fishing port
  • My Fight to Stop Illegal Fishing

    March 12, 2015

    The topic of illegal fishing—poaching some would say—is personal for WWF's Michele Kuruc; she's been working the issue in one form or another for almost 30 years. This is her story.

    ocean wave
  • A Lifeline for Vaquita

    March 11, 2015

    The world’s most endangered marine mammal just received a little more hope for survival. The government of Mexico recently committed to a two year buy out of gillnet fisheries in the upper Gulf of California. Vaquita populations have declined dramatically in the past few years primarily because they get caught in gillnets and drown. 

    Vaquita
  • Good News for Asian Big Cats

    March 03, 2015

    We are celebrating major milestones for both leopards and tigers in 2015. Efforts to protect and establish populations of these big cats are yielding results in Russia, China and India. Looking ahead, there is much more work to be done to protect these species. 

    Amur Leopard
  • Illegal Wildlife Traders in China Migrating to Social Media for Sales

    March 03, 2015

    Beyond bricks and mortar, illegal wildlife traders in China are increasingly using social media and code words to reach buyers.

    Ivory carving for sale Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
  • "We Love Cities" Leading Planet to a Sustainable Future

    March 03, 2015

    To support cities on issues of climate change and sustainability, WWF launched the Earth Hour City Challenge in 2012. The global initiative recognizes the cities taking holistic and credible actions to build a sustainable future for their residents.

    cleveland EHCC
  • How Camera Traps Help Panda Conservation

    March 03, 2015

    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
  • Panda Population Grows Nearly 17 Percent

    February 27, 2015

    It’s good news for the furry black and white bear that has come to symbolize wildlife conservation. China announced the results of its Fourth National Giant Panda Survey, which WWF supported with financial and technical expertise.

    giant panda with cub
  • Rhino Poacher Arrested after Life on the Run

    February 26, 2015

    Rajkumar Praja, one of Nepal’s most wanted wildlife criminals, was arrested by an INTERPOL team in Malaysia and extradited to Nepal where he faces a lengthy spell in jail for rhino poaching and trafficking in rhino horns.

    Rajkumar Praja was the ringleader of a major rhino poaching network
  • Amur Leopard—World's Rarest Cat—Doubles in Population

    February 23, 2015

    In an amazing tale of recovery, Amur leopard populations have more than doubled in just seven years. New census data reveals Amur leopards in Russia’s Land of the Leopard National Park now number at least 57 cats (up from just 30 cats in 2007). And an additional 8-12 leopards were counted in adjacent areas of China.

    Amur leopard
  • Earth Hour: People Unite to Protect the Planet

    February 20, 2015

    Hundreds of millions of people will switch off the lights for one designated hour – March 28th, 2015, at 8:30 pm local time—as individuals, businesses and world leaders join together in an iconic and unprecedented call for action on climate change.

    Earth Hour at night
  • Rare Video of Amur Tiger Family

    February 19, 2015

    Footage of a tiger and her playful cubs caught by a WWF camera trap is the first video evidence of wild Amur tigers in China. The footage was captured almost 20 miles from the Russian border late last year. In the past, tiger footprints were the only indicators of Amur tigers in China.

    Amur tiger family in China
  • America's Arctic on a Pathway for Change

    February 12, 2015

    In January 2015 President Obama took an important step to protect some key areas in America’s Arctic Ocean, setting aside 9.8 million acres in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off-limits to consideration for future oil and gas leasing. The Presidents Executive Order includes part of Hanna Shoal which is a region in the Chukchi Sea that is increasingly important habitat for sea-ice dependent species such as Walrus.

    beluga whale_Arctic
  • Moving Asia toward Zero Poaching

    February 12, 2015

    Nepal has earned the distinction of achieving two continuous twelve month periods of zero poaching in the last four years. It made them the best possible host for this month’s Asian symposium with that singular focus.

    watering hole, Bardia National Park, Nepal
  • Giants of the Ocean: Whale Facts

    February 12, 2015

    At the top of the food chain, whales play a vital role in the overall health of the environment. WWF documents and protects critical feeding and breeding areas, and migration routes of whales. We also work to help shift shipping lanes to limit noise and other disruptions for whales and other marine species.

    humback whale jump