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  • Inspirational women in conservation

    Every day, women take on tasks both small and large to help the planet. Here’s a look at a few of their stories.

  • Rhino translocation off to a positive start in Nepal’s Terai

    March 02, 2016

    A Greater one-horned rhino found a new home today in Nepal’s Bardia National Park through a successful translocation program. The move is part of a greater effort to create a second, viable population of Nepal’s rhinos to help restore the species to historic numbers.

    rhino in nepal
  • Blue Economy Challenge invites new solutions for our oceans

    February 29, 2016

    Do you have the best recipe for a seaweed shake? Have you been inspired by other ways we can farm fish? If so, you need to check out the Blue Economy Challenge. Together with the innovationXchange of the Australian Government, Conservation X Labs, NineSigma, SecondMuse, WWF has launched a new competition to source creative solutions and engage new solvers to rethink the future of aquaculture—also known as farmed fish.

    Seaweed farming in Arenas Reef, Phillipines
  • Survey suggests migratory monarchs are rebounding—with a long road ahead

    February 26, 2016

    A new survey conducted last December indicates migratory monarch butterfly populations grew in 2015, occupying almost 10 acres of forest in their hibernation sites in Mexico. Though this shows a boost from the previous two years, the numbers are considerably low compared to 20 years ago.

    monarch on flower
  • Taking action to safeguard Belize’s coast and ocean

    The government of Belize has announced its commitment to a new coastal management plan that will boost the health of the country’s coastal and marine areas, on which more than 40 percent of Belizeans rely.

    coastal belize
  • Protecting freshwater seals in Alaska’s Lake Iliamna

    February 25, 2016

    Alaska's Lake Iliamna is home to a population of around 400 harbor seals, which feast on fish and bask on the rocky islands at the lake’s northeastern end. They are under threat from Pebble Mine, the enormous open-pit gold and copper mine proposed for headwaters just 17 miles northwest of the seals’ haul-out sites

    lake iliamna
  • How humans and snow leopards can live in harmony

    August 30, 2016

    In herding communities in the Nepalese mountains, snow leopards were not considered beautiful creatures that needed protecting. To these communities, they were a direct threat that needed to be eliminated. Thankfully, after working together with conservationists and WWF-Nepal to find a solution to these problems, the communities have taken on ownership of the efforts to protect snow leopards.

    Snow Leopard
  • Protecting the sources of our water for a healthy future

    Water touches our lives every day, and it’s not just what we use for drinking or bathing. We all must share our water sources with other users – and that means we all have a role to play in protecting the sources of our water for today and tomorrow.

     

    Margaret Wanjiru in a field on her farm on Lake Naivasha
  • Taking care of the ocean environment

    Growing demand for seafood has left Malaysia's seas nearly empty. As communities face the reality that fishing is no longer enough to support the economy, they are hoping tourism can create new opportunities. Community members like Yusef Bural, chairman of the Banggi Youth Club, and his brother, are working to protect Malaysia's islands and coasts and are inspiring youth to do the same.

     

    Yusef Bural and his brother on a dock in the ocean
  • Managing the forest factory

    Eduardo Escompani Viñas is a shiringuero; he collects natural latex from shiringa trees. He and the other members of ECOMUSA, a cooperative of natural rubber producers, feel duty-bound to protect their natural resources and their way of life. They demonstrate that there are ways to reap the value and benefit of forests without harming them.

     

    Man getting latex from a tree
  • Why we care about elephants on World Wildlife Day—and every day

    March 03, 2016

    Elephants number among the smartest and most empathetic creatures on the planet. This World Wildlife Day, we’re celebrating these magnificent animals—and emphasizing their need for our help.

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  • Major ivory trafficking network broken up in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    February 11, 2016

    In a significant blow to the illegal ivory trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), authorities dismantled a major ivory trafficking syndicate thanks to a law enforcement supported by WWF and partners.

    Guard with hand held GPS device for recording gorilla locations
  • Devil's claw: an organic remedy to economic hardship

    February 11, 2016

    Devil’s claw has been used by the Khwe people of southern central Africa for as long as anyone can remember. Prized as a remedy for aches and pains, the fleshy tuber’s popularity as an alternative treatment has led to severe overharvesting. So the relative abundance in Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park is precious—as is the organic, sustainable harvesting business the Khwe people are now building around devil’s claw.

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  • First twins born to habituated gorilla family in the Central African Republic

    February 08, 2016

    Still too young to be named, the most recent additions to the gorilla population in the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas (DSPA) complex in the Central African Republic (CAR) are nevertheless making a name for themselves—as the first twins ever to be born to the area’s habituated gorillas.

    Gorilla mother with her twins
  • Five countries work toward a common goal in southern Africa

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2016
    An undertaking like the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) is ambitious and complex, and each country—whether working independently or in tandem with others—is developing its own activities to meet the initiative’s goals.
    Elephants walking in KAZA
  • New US rule proposed to combat black market fishing

    February 04, 2016

    In a critical step forward to stop the trade of illegal and unreported fish in seafood imports, the US government has proposed a new rule for a seafood program that will trace from the moment fish are caught, until they reach the US border.

    trawler too close to shore
  • Photographing the most elusive animals of Namibia

    February 11, 2016

    Researcher Lise Hansen and photographer Will Burrard-Lucas worked together to document the great diversity of wildlife present in this part of Namibia—even the shy and rarely seen animals. 

    Will Burrard-Lucas Camera Traps Elephants
  • What's a river worth?

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2016
    In Colombia’s portion of the Orinoco river basin, a cross section of society converges to assess a river’s health
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  • Photographing Africa's most elusive animals

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2016
    In a landscape largely undocumented by science, a researcher and a photographer team up to illuminate more than the night
    Male Lion in camera trap
  • A promising future for Africa's wildlife

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2016
    In a vast African landscape where many people wish travelers “safe journeys” instead of “goodbye,” a burgeoning cross-pollination of ideas, people, and wildlife is making the future of the world’s largest terrestrial protected area bright
    At dusk, hundreds of elephants move through the brush near the Kwando River’s famous “horseshoe” bend  in eastern Namibia.
  • Celebrating wetlands and their role in supporting communities worldwide

    February 02, 2016

    More than a billion people make a living from wetlands across the world. Wetlands provide livelihoods, from fishing and eco-tourism, to farming and drinking water for communities. WWF is working to support some of the world’s most vital wetlands and the communities that depend on them across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

    wetlands in Brazil
  • Ranchers of the Northern Great Plains provide a safe haven for grassland birds

    January 28, 2016

    WWF’s Northern Great Plains program has begun to look more closely at the role that grassland songbirds play on ranchland throughout the region.

    pippit to kid
  • Financing conservation

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2016
    WWF’s plan to secure a permanent future for some of the highest-priority protected areas on Earth
    Project Finance illustration

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