Stories

  • Meet WWF’s 2020 Conservation Leadership Award winner Alexa White

    January 25, 2021

    WWF is thrilled to announce Alexa White as the winner of the second-annual WWF-US Conservation Leadership Award. This award aims to give the next generation of conservation leaders access to a global platform and experts. It also provides a financial prize that can be used to further recipients’ professional or educational goals related to their conservation work.

    Alexa White stands in front of a river and city skyline smiling at the camera
  • A snaring crisis grips Southeast Asia, threatening its biodiversity

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    A deadly crisis is spreading across Southeast Asia, silently emptying forests of wildlife. Snaring impacts over 700 mammal species in the region, including rare animals such as the Asian elephant.
    Elephant line illustration
  • WWF study finds 509 new dams planned or under construction in protected areas

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Rivers are more than water; they’re the lifeblood of ecosystems. So when a river’s natural flow is impeded by a dam, biodiversity suffers.
    Winding river from above
  • Meet the aye-aye, the world's weirdest primate

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Face of possum, tooth of mouse, ear of bat—it’s not a line from Macbeth, but it just might describe the world’s weirdest primate.
    Aye-Aye up close
  • Hazelnuts: great for the environment, but vulnerable to climate change

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Hazelnuts are known for the rich, distinctive flavor they lend to some of our favorite treats, like chocolate and coffee. But this wonder crop is particularly vulnerable to climate change.
    Hazelnuts on tree
  • Testing the Waters

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Investing in open-ocean seaweed farming could help move the needle on climate change.
    Seaweed underwater
  • Scientists lead a yearlong expedition to study the changing Arctic

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Since returning to port last October, researchers have been analyzing atmospheric conditions, rates of sea ice melt and new ice formation, Arctic biodiversity, and other data.
    Ship in ice with crewperson walking outside
  • Gallery: Photographs by Reuben Wu

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Visual artist Reuben Wu hopes his unique images will change people's perception of the natural world and inspire them to protect it.
    Sunset landscape of canal with 3 vertical lines
  • In Mexico, teachers learn the art of butterfly conservation firsthand

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Winning Natural Habitat Adventures' 2020 Monarch Butterfly Scholarship Grant gave two teachers from the midwest the chance to experience butterfly conservation firsthand in Michoacan, Mexico.
    Monarch on flower
  • Jeanette and Kevin Kennedy on conservation as a family tradition

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Jeanette and Kevin Kennedy grew up exploring the magnificent redwood forests of California. They're dedicated supporters of conservation for themselves, their son's generation, and future generations.
    Tiger walking in tall grass
  • WWF Board Member Iris Mwanza on the interconnectedness of nature and people

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    From going on safari with her family in Zambia in her youth to now leading a nonprofit focused on community health, Iris has come to recognize how entirely interlinked humans and nature are.
    Iris Mwanza
  • Supercharge your soil with kitchen food scraps

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Composting may sound like hard, messy work. But done right, it can be a simple (and even tidy) way to benefit your garden and the planet.
    Illustration of apple tree with compost beneath
  • Supporting sustainable aquaculture in the Amazon

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    In 2018, WWF helped create an initiative that provides technical support to Amazonian fish farms. Paiche farming applys local Indigenous knowledge to the conservation of the fish populations.
    Aerial photo of fish farming cages
  • Capturing a rare rhino on its midnight stroll

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Mostly active at night, the critically endangered black rhino is an elusive species. A well-placed camera trap spotted one of these rare rhinos walking through a wildlife corridor in Kenya.
    Black rhino facing camera at night
  • A sign of a balancing ecosystem, the Himalayan lynx returns to its ancestral home

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    As the markhor, a key food source for the lynx, has returned, so has the lynx, and its reappearance is being celebrated as a sign that the ecosystem’s natural balance is on the mend.
    Lynx walking on rocky ground
  • WWF Priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration and the 117th Congress

    January 20, 2021

    We are in the midst of an acute public health and economic crisis brought on by an ongoing global pandemic. At the same time, we continue to fall far short in our efforts to address two even more grave and existential crises that build in severity as time goes on—climate change and the rapid loss of biodiversity and nature globally.

    The White House in Washington, DC
  • In response to Covid-19, a new partnership will boost the devastated nature-based tourism industry in Africa

    January 19, 2021

    With $1.9 million in funding from the Global Environment Facility, an African Nature-Based Tourism Collaborative Platform is being developed to connect funders to communities and small and medium enterprises involved in nature-based tourism in eastern and southern Africa—and who are most affected by the loss of revenue due to Covid-19.

    Rolling green hills with homes on them and large cloud-covered mountains in the background
  • Thinking Beyond:

    January 14, 2021

    If humans are unable to limit carbon pollution, Cincinnati’s average temperature could climb by as much as seven degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. From a local grassroots movement to engagement at the national level, this city is taking the fight against the climate crisis into its own hands.

    Sunny Cincinnati skyline
  • Deforestation fronts

    January 13, 2021

    A new WWF report on global forest cover and forest loss finds that over 160,000 square miles, an area roughly the size of California, were lost in deforestation hot spots around the world between 2004 and 2017. Deforestation puts human health and the health of our planet at risk. 

     Deforestation aerial photo of lush green forest on the left and bare brown dirt next to it on the right
  • Tatyana Minenko, polar bear patrol team leader

    Every fall, the Ryrkaipiy polar bear patrol, with the support of WWF Russia, works to protect the community and prevent human-wildlife conflict. Tatyana Minenko has been leading the patrol team since 2006. That’s when the climate crisis increased conflict in her village.

    Closeup of a woman looking through binnoculars, wearing yellow gloves and a white hat, blurry background
  • Meet Dr. Jacques Flamand

    January 06, 2021

    WWF-South Africa's wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Jacques Flamand, has dedicated his career to the protection and conservation of South Africa's iconic species, including the critically endangered black rhino.

    A man touching a black rhino that is waking up after being sedated
  • How honey can help protect tigers in China

    December 29, 2020

    WWF donated nearly 400 beehives to residents in the continental tiger range and organized training on beekeeping. Investing in their futures is also an investment in the conservation of tigers.

    A man looks at honeycomb with bees flying around
  • Securing a future for wild tigers

    December 22, 2020

    The tiger is making a comeback—learn about a few tiger champions who are helping this iconic species to recover.

    Close up portrait of an adult tiger in tall green reeds looking at the camera with its mouth open
  • New Facebook alert informs users about wildlife trafficking

    December 21, 2020

    Since 2016, Facebook and WWF have been working together to address wildlife trafficking by detecting and removing illicit activity that fuels the trade in wildlife and its products on one of the largest social media platforms in the world. As part of this effort, Facebook launched a new pop-up interstitial alert message that will inform users about illegal wildlife trade when certain wildlife-related search words are entered.

    A barbary macaque sits in a tree looking up