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Last male northern white rhino dies

On March 19, 2018 the last male northern white rhino died. Sudan, 45 years old, had been under armed guard to protect him from the threat of poachers. His death is heartbreaking. The extinction of the northern white rhino is happening before our eyes.

  • Make or Break Year Ahead for South Africa's Rhinos

    A total of 1,215 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa in 2014, according to South African officials. This is a staggering increase of 21 percent over the record 1,004 poached in 2013.

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  • Rhino Collaring Will Tell Critical Tale

    December 29, 2014

    A one-horned rhinoceros was successfully collared in Nepal late last month. The event was particularly significant because it occurred in a wildlife corridor that connects Nepal’s Bardia National Park with India’s Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.

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  • Hope for Rhinos

    September 22, 2014

    As conservationists, we have learned what it takes to help rhinos recover from the very edge of extinction.The formula is quite simple: protect rhinos where they exist, incentivize community stewardship of rhino populations, manage populations for maximum growth, establish new populations in suitable locations for maximum protection and population growth. This formula is achievable, but it does require political will and resources to see the plan through.

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  • Rhino Horn’s Real Value and Other Rhino Facts

    June 24, 2014

    WWF is one of the few organizations attempting to tackle all threats to rhinos. We work on strengthening protected areas in Africa and Asia, lobbying to halt the illegal timber trade that threatens rhino habitat, and stamping out the illegal trade in rhino horn.

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  • US Imposes One of the Longest Sentences to Wildlife Trader

    May 28, 2014

    The United States imposed one of the longest sentences for a wildlife trafficking on Zhifei Li, the ringleader of an illegal wildlife trafficking operation that spanned the US and China, on May 27, 2014.

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  • Looking at nature through a new lens

    April 22, 2014

    WWF was invited to be a Glass Explorer last year through the initial Giving Through Glass program. WWF's Sabita Malla tested the technology to help rhino conservation.

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  • World Wildlife Day Marked by Good News for Rhinos and Tigers

    March 03, 2014

    On World Wildlife Day, the government of Nepal, WWF and other partners celebrate a milestone 365 days without a single case of rhino or tiger poaching in the Eastern Himalayan country.

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  • Lasting Solutions to Save Wildlife

    December 16, 2013

    As wildlife crime sweeps through Africa and Asia, WWF joined wildlife advocates, conservation orgnizations and concerned citizens gathered at the first public meeting of President Obama's Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking in Washington D.C

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  • Protecting Kenya’s Rhinos

    October 31, 2013

    Rotiken Denis, warden for the Maasai Mara Rhino Monitoring Team in Kenya, is a Maasai with a background in wildlife management. He is responsible for preventing rhino poaching in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Narok County, Kenya.

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  • Changing the Trajectory

    September 26, 2013

    On Sept. 26, thousands of miles from the nearest herd of wild elephants in the jungle of New York City, several unprecedented commitments were made to change the trajectory at two high-level events.

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  • Pushed Toward Extinction

    September 20, 2013

    World Rhino Day on Sept. 22 holds a renewed sense of urgency this year as poaching and habitat loss pushes rhinos closer to the edge of extinction in Africa and Asia.

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  • Obama Pledges Support to Stop Wildlife Crime in Africa

    July 01, 2013

    President Barack Obama pledged to deliver support to African countries reeling under the onslaught of wildlife crime.

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  • Orphaned Rhino Calf Flourishing in a New Enclosure in India

    June 20, 2013

    A 2-month-old orphaned rhino calf rescued by conservationists in April is thriving in a new enclosure in Manas National Park in India.

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  • In the Himalayas, People and Nature Take Care of Each Other

    June 19, 2013

    As part of our Eastern Himalayas program, I help find solutions that protect wildlife and also bring benefits to local communities in Nepal, Northeast India, and Bhutan.

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  • Prison and Hefty Fines for Rhino Horn Traffickers

    May 16, 2013

    As record numbers of rhinos are slaughtered for their horns, there is good news that poachers will be punished for their crimes. In the U.S., two businessmen will now serve time in prison and pay hefty fines for rhino horn trafficking.

    Items, including rhino horn, confiscated from wildlife criminals
  • Orphan rhino struggles to survive after poachers kill mother

    April 05, 2013

    An Indian rhino calf that lost its mother to poachers earlier this week is clinging to life with the help of conservationists, according to WWF staff assisting with its care. A team of frontline staff located the dehydrated and traumatized calf and brought the newborn to a safe location for urgent veterinary care.

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  • Translocated rhinos give birth in Indian national park

    March 26, 2013

    Two translocated rhinos gave birth in the Manas National Park in India, indicating that the translocated species is breeding successfully and adapting to the new environment. The arrival of the calves comes as a welcomed affair amid a recent spurt in the poaching of rhinos in the northeast Indian state of Assam.

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  • Global Action to Fight Wildlife Crime

    March 14, 2013

    This month in Bangkok, where 178 nations have convened to discuss global wildlife trade, many of the country delegates are publicly expressing urgency and seriousness of the crisis. As poaching rates for African elephants and rhinos soar to catastrophic heights, member nations of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took action.

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  • WWF Launches New iPad App to Bring the World’s Most Amazing Animals ‘Together’

    January 14, 2013

    Now available for free in the iTunes App Store, ‘WWF Together’ is a unique interactive experience that brings you closer to the stories of elephants, whales, rhinos and other fascinating species. Discover the animal’s lives and the work of WWF in a way you’ve never seen before. Try out “tiger vision,” stay as still as the polar bear during a hunt, and chop the panda’s bamboo.

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  • Record Number of Rhinos Killed in South Africa

    January 10, 2013

    Poaching statistics released by the South African government reveal 668 rhinos were slaughtered—a 50% increase over 2011 and a staggering 5000% increase since 2007. Already, an additional five rhinos have been killed since the beginning of this year.

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  • Secretary of State Clinton Calls for End to Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

    November 08, 2012

    WWF’s campaign to stop wildlife crime gained a powerful champion—U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On November 8, the U.S. State Department held an unprecedented event on illegal wildlife trafficking and conservation. In her remarks, Secretary Clinton called for an end to illicit wildlife trafficking, which she emphasized as a major foreign policy and security issue.

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  • Hope for an End to Wildlife Crime

    November 07, 2012

    Crawford Allan, Regional Director, TRAFFIC North America, has translated his passion for the natural world into a long and fulfilling career. While he has seen the impact of illegal killing of rare species first hand and uncovered illicit wildlife trade in blackmarkets in dozens of countries, he remains hopeful.

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  • Record Poaching for Rhinos in South Africa

    October 17, 2012

    On October 16, 2012 South African authorities confirmed that a record 455 rhinos have been lost to poaching this year. The number exceeds the 448 rhinos killed for their horns during all of 2011.

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