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Supporters help WWF launch emergency plan to stop Myanmar’s elephant poaching crisis

Amid a dire poaching crisis, wild Asian elephants in Myanmar received swift and essential aid from thousands of WWF supporters committed to protecting this iconic species. More than 3,000 people donated $263,211 in less than four weeks to fund an emergency action plan to train rangers and get boots on the ground to fight wildlife crime.

  • Five rhinos find a new home in Nepal

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    Over five days in February 2016, five rhinos were moved from Chitwan National Park to a new home in Bardia National Park.
    Rhino freed
  • Jacqui and Jeff Morby on community-led conservation

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    Sometimes the pursuit of a goal produces advantageous byproducts.
    Namibia Devils Claw Farming Winter 2016 Magazine
  • Brenda Davis on the importance of keeping things wild

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    “The majesty of the Northern Great Plains is undeniable,” Davis says.
    Brenda Davis Board Report Winter 2016 Magazine
  • Editor's Note: A thank you to tiger advocates

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    I came to WWF TO have some small part in protecting the wild creatures and places I love, and I’m so grateful this issue reports on major progress for one species in particular: tigers!
  • A US ban on elephant ivory carves out a better future for the species

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    On June 2, 2016, the US Fish & Wildlife Service announced new federal regulations implementing a nearly complete ban on commercial ivory trade in the United States.
    Elephant
  • Captive Tigers in the US

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    There are thousands of captive tigers throughout the country. You can fi nd them in backyard enclosures, petting zoos, and even truck stops.
    Tiger Locked Up In Depth Winter 2016 Magazine
  • Looking Up

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    Spanish Wells, a port that's a two-hour ferry ride from Nassau, is the kind of town where news is both rare and fast-traveling. Here, the arrival of a fishing boat qualifies as an event.
    Spiny Lobster
  • Life along the Mekong: Two generations reflect on the value of clean, fresh water

    October 04, 2016

    While development undeniably brought about positive changes to those living along the Mekong, increased demand for water and economic growth are also leading to unsustainable infrastructure decisions. Compounded by climate change, these decisions threaten the river and all who depend on it.

    Vutra washes clothing in river
  • A ranger's commitment to wildlife

    October 01, 2016

    Anety is a wildlife police officer working in Zambia. She protects more than one hundred different species, including elephants, lions, and leopards, that call her park home. One of just three female wildlife rangers in her park, Anety works in a dangerous and under-resourced profession.

    Elephant in Zambia
  • CITES: Big steps for wildlife

    October 01, 2016

    During the world’s largest ever wildlife trade meeting—the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)—governments united behind a series of tough decisions to provide greater protection to a host of threatened species and bolster efforts to tackle soaring levels of poaching and wildlife trafficking.

    Head portrait of a Sumatran rhino
  • It just got harder for illegal fish to make it onto your plate

    The US government released a final rule to increase the transparency around fishing operations and prevent tons of fish from being laundered into the US seafood market, a move more than 400,000 WWF activists took action to support.

    Fish in a basket
  • A young generation in India takes stewardship of their environment

    September 29, 2016

    Do banning bottled water, taking camera-trap photos of snow leopards, and establishing homestays have anything in common? In the mountains of North Sikkim in India, they do. All these activities are part of a successful ecotourism drive led by young people from the small village of Lachen that has already become an inspiration for similar work elsewhere in the country.

    a truck in Lachen
  • A massive win for the world’s most trafficked mammal

    September 28, 2016

    All legal trade of pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammals, will soon end thanks to an international agreement to further protect the critically endangered species from extinction.

    Pangolin
  • Giving rhinos a lift since 2003

    September 28, 2016

    WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) has been working with passion, commitment, and determination for a brighter future for the critically endangered black rhino for more than a decade. BRREP works to relocate rhinos and provide equipment and training to rangers to monitor, manage, and protect rhino populations.

    black rhino calf in tall grass
  • Huge drop in African elephant population as poaching crisis continues

    September 25, 2016

    Africa’s elephant population has crashed by an estimated 111,000 in the past decade primarily due to poaching, according to the IUCN’s African Elephant Status Report.

    Elephants walking in KAZA
  • Why CITES matters

    September 23, 2016

    One of the best tools we have for fighting the illegal wildlife trade that threatens many of the world’s most endangered species is CITES—the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

    Siberian tiger walking in snow
  • Arctic sea ice hits second-lowest extent on record

    September 16, 2016

    The Arctic’s summer sea ice appears to have hit its lowest extent of the year, putting pressure on the region’s diverse wildlife. Ice covered only 1.6 million square miles on Sept. 10, and 2016 is now tied with 2007 for the second-lowest sea ice extent on record, according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center.

    sea ice in the Arctic
  • It's time to crowdsource innovation for our oceans

    September 16, 2016

    Oceans X Labs is the world’s first conservation incubator and accelerator, designed to develop scalable innovations for oceans conservation.

    a woman harvesting seaweed in Tanzania
  • Bipartisan Senate legislation gets tough on wildlife crime

    September 16, 2016

    Among the measures included in the END Wildlife Trafficking Act are measures that will ensure federal agencies continue to use a coordinated, whole-of-government approach as they respond to the global poaching crisis and direct them to work with affected countries to improve their abilities to protect wildlife populations, disrupt wildlife trafficking networks and prosecute wildlife criminals.

    African elephant at dusk
  • Data, data everywhere

    September 15, 2016

    Dams play a critical role in water resource management and electricity generation and, generally, they have a huge impact on freshwater biodiversity and sometimes on local communities. Surely it’s time for a consolidated research effort to provide big data on dams.

    River Ganga, Rishikesh, India
  • Giant panda no longer Endangered

    September 04, 2016

    The giant panda has just been downgraded from ‘Endangered’ to ‘Vulnerable’ on the global list of species at risk of extinction, demonstrating how an integrated approach to conservation can help save our planet’s vanishing biodiversity.

    Giant Panda
  • With our planet at the crossroads, the future of conservation depends on science

    September 03, 2016

    This week, conservation takes center stage as 6,000 global experts dive deep into the issues that will define the physical future of our planet. And with the all the far-reaching impacts of these decisions affecting the long-term sustainability of our planet, it’s a gathering that cannot come soon enough.

    flooded forest
  • WWF welcomes a new class of conservation leaders

    WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2016 Russell E. Train Fellowship.

    EFN fellow Trang Nguyen
  • A world powered by renewable energy is within reach

    September 01, 2016

    To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, we must shift our global energy supply from one that relies on dirty fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—to one that is supported by clean and sustainable sources. The good news is that this transition is already well underway, according to a new WWF report.

    Group of wind turbines, Selfkant, Germany