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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.

  • LEGO Group builds a more sustainable future

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    These iconic interlocking toys have long since evolved beyond rectangular bricks.
    object lego2 winter2018
  • Activist Nina Gualinga on protecting the Amazon

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    Climate justice champion and indigenous rights activist Nina Gualinga relentlessly advocates for protection of the Ecuadorian Amazon, its wildlife, and the people who depend on it.
    qa protest winter2018
  • Reintroduced to the wild, wolves thrive in Yellowstone National Park

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    We left the warm confines of our van and stepped out onto a scenic viewpoint in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley. Our group was focused on finding one of Yellowstone’s original inhabitants: the wolf.
    discover yellowstone pack winter2018
  • WWF's Elisabeth Kruger on polar bears, climate change, and indigenous communities

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    Kruger leads WWF’s efforts to help polar bears and other Arctic marine mammals coexist alongside people in an increasingly warmer and ice-free Arctic.
    Portrait of Elisabeth Kruger
  • Fast Forward: Protecting nature's abundance in Alaska's Bristol Bay

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    The streams of Bristol Bay, Alaska, churn with the world’s largest sockeye salmon run and nourish diverse communities and wildlife as well as support the seafood industry.
    fastforward mag winter2018
  • Why do people buy ivory?

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    China made history by banning elephant ivory sales in 2017; now WWF is working to stop the demand.
    Forest elephant What WWF is doing
  • Living with Elephants in Thailand

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    Turning wild elephants into an asset for locals is at the heart of protection efforts for Kui Buri National Park.
    feature thailand elephants winter2018
  • Mexico offers a long-term solution to water security

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    Water, like money, is a thing you can run out of if you don’t budget for it properly. But what does a proper budget for fresh water even look like? Mexico has a solution: water reserves.
    mexico usumacinta winter2018
  • President's Letter: Building relationships to meet conservation goals

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    My dad, a surgeon, was consistent in his advice to look for two things in the choices you make: Serving something larger than yourself and working with people from whom you will constantly learn.
    Carter Roberts
  • A newly expanded park marks a conservation win in the Amazon

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    Almost 70% of the deforestation in Colombia happens in its Amazonian forests.
    tapir winter2018
  • Capturing a rare moment with a hummingbird in the Andes

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    Hummingbirds—with their gorgeous feathers, cool beak and tail shapes, and the ability to fly backward and upside down—are one of my favorite bird groups.
    hummingbird winter2018
  • Living and thinking globally

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    This year, Neville Isdell completes his tenure as chair of the WWF-US Board, after several decades spent championing large-scale conservation in Africa and around the world.
    Table mountain from the beach
  • Living with Elephants in Botswana

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    With elephant ranges expanding and human populations growing and requiring more land for agriculture, finding effective ways to deal with human-elephant conflict has never been more important.
    feature botswana elephants
  • Ranger survey reveals harsh conditions

    October 09, 2018

    Wildlife rangers are one of the planet’s first and last lines of defense. As pressures on nature, grow, the survival of endangered animals like rhinos, elephants and tigers and their habitats depends in great part on these men and women.

    Conservancy rangers Musa, Daniel, Solomon and WWF-Kenya's Peter Loketeler on early morning patrol at Elangata Enderit village in lower Loita, Kenya.
  • New survey finds stable snow leopard population in Russia

    October 04, 2018

    Last winter, a WWF census found a total of 61 snow leopards in Russia’s Altai-Sayan Ecoregion, a remote landscape where high, snowy mountain ranges offer a last refuge for this rare feline. Snow leopard numbers have been relatively steady in Russia since WWF and partners first began monitoring them three years ago. But with fewer than 7,000 estimated to live in the wild, they remain endangered.

    snow leopard camera trap
  • WWF’s Ming Yao on why China’s ivory trade ban matters

    September 28, 2018
    WWF spoke with Ming Yao, a member of WWF’s wildlife conservation team who has worked closely with ivory demand reduction projects, to learn more about her point of view on China’s ivory ban and how it has influenced consumer behavior in her country.
    elephant walking
  • Eerie animals? Not so fast

    September 24, 2018

    Bats and spiders, black cats and owls—can you imagine a spooky Halloween without them? Though they may give you goosebumps on the year’s most frightful night, these animals actually help keep our planet—and all who live here—healthy and safe.

    Bats flying in the evening
  • Nepal nearly doubles its wild tiger population

    September 23, 2018
    In an amazing show of progress for wildlife, Nepal is on track to become the first of the world’s countries to double its wild tiger population since 2010.
    camera trap image of a tiger in Nepal
  • How to standup paddle board—and help wildlife at the same time

    September 20, 2018
    Paddle blends a world-class standup paddle boarding competition with a world-changing cause: protecting the natural world. Here are a few tips to get you paddle boarding.
    panda paddle group 2 Nate Dappen
  • WWF to help Starbucks build better stores for the planet

    September 20, 2018
    Imagine a future in which buildings are designed specifically to help the planet become a healthier place for all of us to live. That’s the vision WWF will help Starbucks achieve through the company’s new “Greener Stores” plan.
    Coffee beans in a basket
  • How sustainable honey helps a community and precious forest in Sumatra

    September 20, 2018
    The Talang Mamak have been harvesting honey and a host of other natural products from these forests, located in a region known as Thirty Hills, for generations. But they just began collaborating with a PT Alam Bukit 30 (ABT), a new business aiming to help them improve their production and profits--while also keeping the trees standing.
    Feri, a honey famer from Talang Mamek tribe in Thirty Hills, Sumatra
  • In Mozambique, banning fishing leads to a bigger catch

    September 11, 2018
    Pulizica, a small fishing community in Mozambique’s Primeiras e Segundas archipelago, is home to the newest fish sanctuary established by the CARE-WWF Alliance, a global partnership to address the root causes of poverty and environmental degradation. How well is the protected area recovering declining fish stocks in the region?
    Fisherman gathers seine nets from the water on the Ilha de Mafamede, Mozambique. Mafamede is one of the protected islands that comprise Primeiras e Segundas.
  • 5 amazing animals that live in the Pantanal—and need our help

    Nestled in the heart of South America, the Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland. Discover just a few of the native species that live in this incredible place.
    Jaguar in the Pantanal
  • WWF welcomes the 2018 class of conservation leaders

    Ten inspirational conservationists from six countries will use their expertise to conserve the world’s most critical ecosystems through WWF’s unique fellowship program.

    Ximena Tagle portrait