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  • Going beyond Earth Hour

    March 26, 2017

    Now that you've joined hundreds of millions of people around the world in switching of your lights for one designated hour, continue to show your solidarity for climate action. Try to tackle one, two, or even all nine of the items on this list.

    bicycles on a rack
  • 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
  • Improved cookstoves empower women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    March 07, 2017

    Associations, some formed mainly of women, in the Democratic Republic of Congo are building new, improved cookstoves by hand to help the environment—and themselves.

  • US should continue to lead the way on climate change action

    March 06, 2017

    Congress and the new Administration must continue to make action on climate change a priority, both at home and abroad. Here's how they should do so.

    US Capitol Building and Washington Monument
  • 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.

  • Mangroves mean life for coastal communities throughout the tropics

    February 23, 2017

    Mangroves provide valuable services for people and the planet but they’re disappearing at an alarming rate and human activity is mostly to blame. Explore these forests in this photo essay and learn what WWF is doing to bring back 20% of the mangroves we’ve lost by 2030.

    Mangroves in Placencia, Belize.
  • 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
  • What is a pangolin?

    Often thought of as a reptile, pangolins are actually mammals. They are covered in distinctive scales that ward off predators in the wild. 

    tree pangolin
  • New study shows 27% decrease in area occupied by monarch butterflies

    February 09, 2017

    The latest survey of monarch butterfly’s winter habitat in Mexico is a stark reminder that these butterflies are in need of protection: The area occupied by the butterfly colonies has decreased 27% compared to last year’s survey, which is conducted every winter at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

    Monarch Butterfly
  • Adapting to Climate Change In Nepal

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    In one of the most climate-vulnerable countries on Earth, an unprecedented development project is building a model for adapting to climate change on a massive scale—working one village at a time.
    Harveting crops
  • 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
  • Snow leopard range countries gear up for climate-smart conservation

    February 03, 2017

    Delegates from the 12 snow leopard range countries met in Kathmandu to strengthen their commitment to snow leopard conservation and chart a way forward to secure a future for this elusive and endangered cat.

    snow leopard
  • Helping a community in Nepal rebuild post-earthquake

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    In Simjung, a village of 900 houses, only a few remained standing after the earthquake. Today, however, the community is the picture of healthy recovery.
    Water from a tap in Nepal
  • President's Letter: The importance of anticipating change

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    The accelerating pace of change around us challenges our ability to navigate, adapt, and survive along with all the other species we cherish. It will require our best big-picture thinking.
    Carter Roberts
  • Editor's Note: Looking forward

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    For many of us, each new year marks a chance for renewal, and 2017 is no exception. Every story in this issue speaks to challenge, opportunity, and the transformative power of hope.
    Forest Guardian, Lila Ditra Poudel, in Nepal
  • Wild pandas get a boost

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    Wild panda numbers are finally rebounding after years of decline. In September, the International Union for Conservation of Nature announced that pandas have been upgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable.”
    Born in China Panda Spring 2017 Mag
  • Modeling Resilience

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    More than 4 million people call Nepal’s Gandaki River Basin home.
    Gandaki River Basin, Nepal
  • Gallery: photographs by Randal Ford

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    In Kingdom, Austin-based photographer Randal Ford’s captivating portraits shine the spotlight on a variety of species from across the animal world.
    African Leopard Spring 2017 Mag
  • A leopard family offers safari-goers an unexpected reward in Botswana

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    On a safari in Botswana, we saw a leopard emerge with a tiny, spotted cub held gently in her mouth. It was so young its eyes weren’t even open—likely no more than two or three days old.
    Leopard in Tree
  • A conversation with a Namibian conservation leader

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    Asser Ndjitezeua and Carter Roberts talk about community conservancies, tough love, and the importance of finding your passion.
    Carer and Asser Spring 2017 Mag
  • 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
  • Bittersweet: chocolate's impact on the environment

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    At least 2,000 years ago, people in the Americas began cultivating the cocoa tree for its dark, bitter beans, which they brewed into a drink spiced with hot peppers. Today, we blend the beans with milk and sugar and call the stuff chocolate.
    chocolate on a table
  • 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