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Adult tiger captured on a camera trap.

Camera traps in Thailand reveal new tigers

Camera traps in Thailand's Mae Wong and Klong Lan National Parks reveal 16 new tigers— 6 cubs and 10 adults. 

  • Back a Ranger

    July 30, 2014

    They serve under various titles—rangers, forest guards, eco guard and field enforcement officers—but these men and women on the frontlines of conservation are perhaps the most important protectors of the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

    Anti-poaching patrol at the WWF-Gabon office
  • More Tigers in American Backyards than in the Wild

    July 29, 2014

    One of the world’s largest populations of tigers exists not in the wild—but in captivity in the United States. With an estimated 5,000 tigers, the U.S. captive tiger population exceeds the approximately 3,200 tigers in the wild. 

    Captive Tiger
  • Taking a Stand Against Wildlife Crime

    July 15, 2014

    The governments of CITES took strong and decisive action in Geneva last week. They laid out timelines and concrete deliverables for countries most complicit in the illegal ivory trade. In particular, they laid down a strict timeline for Thailand to take the necessary steps to rectify the problems that have facilitated its rise to becoming the world’s largest unregulated ivory market. Thailand has until March 2015 to deliver, or they face sanctions.

    African Elephant
  • Steep Rise in Ivory Sales and Availability in Thailand

    July 02, 2014

    Though Thailand reveres elephants and holds the animals as an important part of national identity, the country remains one of the most problematic worldwide when it comes to the illegal ivory trade.

    thai ivory bracelets
  • Hong Kong Set to Destroy Record Ivory Stockpile

    May 15, 2014

    This move indicates efforts by the Hong Kong government to combat the illegal ivory trade, which is fueling an elephant poaching crisis. Last year, an estimated 30,000 elephants were slaughtered to feed the black market trade in ivory.

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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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  • Listen in on the conversation about our world

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2014
    WWF is only one voice among many
  • World Wildlife Day Spotlight: 5 Species Threatened by Wildlife Trade

    March 03, 2014

    To mark the first World Wildlife Day, March 3, 2014, we spotlight five wild creatures jeopardized by wildlife trade. You can help us ensure their survival.

    blue fin tuna feeding
  • A Global Commitment to Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade

    February 13, 2014

    The world has never before rallied together to stop wildlife crime like they did this week in London. Heads of state, ministers and other high-level representatives from 46 countries—including those most heavily impacted by poaching and illegal trade of wildlife—signed onto an extraordinary joint declaration.

    rhinos in Kenya
  • US Announces Ambitious Strategy to Tackle Wildlife Crime

    February 11, 2014

    In the first-ever National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, the US unveiled an ambitious set of actions to stem a black market estimated to be worth $10 billion annually.

    Elephant under a rainbow
  • An Eye in the Sky for Boots on the Ground

    February 03, 2014

    About a year ago, WWF received a Google Global Impact Award grant to launch WWF’s Wildlife Crime Technology Project. Today, the project is literally taking flight.

    google wildlife crime
  • Coming to America

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2014
    The war on wildlife hits home
    Elephant behind a silhouette of the American flag
  • Operation Crash

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2014
    Map showing the movements of the wildlife crime ring
  • Myanmar

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2014
    Driving Change in Asia: Newly Open, Myanmar Is a Treasure Trove of Natural Assets, Cultural Diversity and Enthusiasm for the Future.
    DRIVING CHANGE IN ASIA: NEWLY OPEN, MYANMAR IS A TREASURE TROVE OF NATURAL ASSETS, CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND ENTHUSIASM FOR THE FUTURE.
  • Editor's Note: The Speed of Change

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2014
  • Snow Leopard Cubs a Sign of Hope

    January 06, 2014

    Camera trap images of two snow leopard cubs tussling and tumbling in eastern Russia indicate a potential resurgence of a once-decimated population.

    snow leopard cubs
  • 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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  • An Up-Close Look at Wildlife Trafficking on US Soil

    November 19, 2013

    WWF is asking for a moratorium on ivory trade and sales in the US. Each of us has the power to help by asking our representatives to take a stand against this senseless destruction.

    tiger head repository
  • EFN Grantee and Conservationist Walks for Elephants in Kenya

    November 05, 2013

    EFN grantee Jim Nyamu is working to raise awareness of threats to elephants by walking more than 650 miles from Massai Mara to Nairobi on a campaign called Ivory Belongs to Elephants.

    Elephants play fight in Kenya
  • 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.

    kenyan rhinos
  • Flying Plowshares

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2013
    Peacekeeping technology and wildlife crime
    elephants aerial
  • Arresting Image

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2013
    Keeping ivory where it belongs
    elephants linking tusks
  • Understanding the Plight of the Sumatran Rhino

    October 10, 2013

    With possibly as few as 100 animals left in a handful of small, isolated populations, the Sumatran rhino is arguably one of —if not the most— threatened large mammal in the world. 

    Sumatran Rhino