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  • President Obama Announces Important Advance in Fight to Stop Wildlife Crime

    July 25, 2015

    New draft ivory regulations will significantly curtail the sale of commercial ivory in the United States and help stop wildlife crime worldwide. President Obama announced the long-awaited regulations—along with the formation of an ambitious new United States Wildlife Trafficking Alliance —on his first official trip to Kenya.

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  • The World's Elephants Can't Wait

    June 19, 2015

    The US government and the conservation community came together again to destroy a stockpile of confiscated ivory and to make a statement that the United States has zero tolerance for wildlife crime.

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  • Ivory Crush in New York City

    June 19, 2015

    An enormous machine roared to life pulverizing more than one ton of illegal elephant ivory tusks, trinkets and souvenirs in the heart of New York City today. The ivory crush in Times Square sent a dramatic message to the world that the United States will not tolerate ivory trafficking. 

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  • Crush and Burn: Destroying Illegal Ivory

    May 29, 2015

    Several countries, including China, have recently joined the US in publicly destroying their illegal ivory stockpiles—a powerful act demonstrating that a country will not tolerate wildlife crime. The act ensures that stockpiles of seized ivory will never again be sold and affirms that ivory is only of value if it remains on elephants as nature intended. And these burns and crushes also bring global attention to a problem threatening not only elephants and other wildlife, but also national development and regional stability.

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  • Baby Animals and Their Moms

    May 04, 2015

    We all know how great moms can be. The same is true in parts of the wild. Take a look at a few images of animals with their parents.

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  • Thailand Faces Sanctions If It Fails to Stop Ivory Trade

    March 19, 2015

    Thailand has until the end of March 2015 to take measures to shut down domestic trade in illegal elephant ivory or it will face trade sanctions under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), which met in Geneva last July.

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  • Thai Citizens Say No to Ivory

    January 27, 2015

    With demand for ivory at an all-time high, the campaign asks people to imagine a life without elephants by publicly removing the Thai letter representing elephants—“Chor Chang”—from their names. The Thai word for elephant, “Chang,” starts with the letter in the Thai alphabet called “Chor”. By removing Chor Chang from their names, Thai people are making a statement that they want the illegal trade in ivory to stop or their beloved national animal—the elephant—could disappear.

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  • Saving Africa's Elephants

    September 25, 2014

    At the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton announced the Elephant Action Network. WWF’s Ginette Hemley and TRAFFIC’s Senior Director Crawford Allan attended the event in New York on Sept. 23.

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  • Wildlife and Climate Change

    September 18, 2014

    To increase chances of conservation success, we must understand traits that make an individual species especially resilient or vulnerable to changes in climate. Different species will be affected in different ways; sometimes negatively, but not always.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Calling KAZA Home: The Animals of Southern Africa

    May 19, 2014

    The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) crosses five southern African countries and protects 109 million acres of land. The breadth and variety of wildlife in KAZA is astounding.

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  • 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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  • 15 WWF Success Stories of 2013

    December 26, 2013

    As 2013 comes to a close, WWF takes a look back at successes over the past 12 months.

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  • 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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  • Putting an End to Elephant Poaching

    December 05, 2013

    When the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service crushed 6 tons of confiscated ivory carvings, trinkets and jewelry into rubble last month, it got the world’s attention.

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  • 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
  • Changing the Trajectory

    September 26, 2013

    On Sept. 26, thousands of miles from the nearest herd of wild elephants in the jungle of New York City, several unprecedented commitments were made to change the trajectory at two high-level events.

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  • Poachers Storm 'Village of Elephants'

    May 07, 2013

    Taking advantage of the ongoing political instability in Central African Republic, poachers massacre dozens of elephants.

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  • Global Action to Fight Wildlife Crime

    March 14, 2013

    This month in Bangkok, where 178 nations have convened to discuss global wildlife trade, many of the country delegates are publicly expressing urgency and seriousness of the crisis. As poaching rates for African elephants and rhinos soar to catastrophic heights, member nations of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took action.

  • A Chorus of Hope for Elephants

    March 12, 2013

    Last week, that rare moment happened with 1.5 million voices from 227 countries and territories coming together in a call to end the ivory trade in Thailand, home to one of the biggest unregulated ivory markets in the world. Their shared vision: to save the world's elephants.

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  • Thai prime minister announces end to ivory trade

    March 03, 2013

    Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pledged to start a legislative process to end ivory trade in Thailand, seizing a key opportunity to stem global wildlife trafficking at the opening of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok.

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  • WWF Submits Half a Million Petition Signatures for Thai Ivory Ban

    February 27, 2013

    WWF handed over a global petition with more than half a million initial signatures from around the world demanding an end to Thailand's ivory trade. The petition was delivered personally to Prime Minister Shinawatra today in Bangkok.

  • Thai Ivory Ban Needed to Help Save Elephants

    January 15, 2013

    WWF has launched a global petition asking Thai Prime Minister to ban all ivory trade in Thailand in order to curb the illegal killing of African elephants. Thailand is the biggest unregulated ivory market in the world and a top driver of poaching and illegal trade.