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  • 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
  • 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
  • Uniting against the illegal ivory trade

    August 11, 2016

    This World Elephant Day, it’s important to celebrate the positive momentum being taken to save this iconic species. Poaching trends in Africa are down from the peak of 2011, and governments, NGOs and individuals around the globe have made significant strides in 2016 to fight the ivory trade that fuels poaching.

    Two male African elephants (Loxodonta africana) with locked trunks. Kenya.
  • Global momentum in elephant conservation

    June 20, 2016

    Elephants have been hit hard by a global poaching epidemic that’s emptying the planet of an array of wildlife. As many as 30,000 elephants are killed for their ivory each year. But people and governments are taking a stand for these remarkable animals – and making a tremendous impact.

    elephants at watering hole, Namibia
  • Rampant poaching threatens former elephant stronghold in Tanzania

    June 15, 2016

    Rampant ivory poaching has reduced the elephant population in Tanzania’s oldest and largest protected area by 90 percent in fewer than 40 years. WWF is sounding the alarm for urgent action in combating wildlife crime in the reserve.

    an elephant in Selous reserve
  • New US ivory regulations mark a victory in the fight to save elephants

    June 02, 2016

    Setting an example for the world in the fight to save elephants, the United States has finalized new regulations that will help shut down commercial elephant ivory trade within its borders and stop wildlife crime overseas.

    African elephant
  • Night vision: how WWF helped rangers illuminate the darkness

    April 26, 2016

    WWF designed and installed a camera and software system smart enough to both distinguish human movement from that of animals and to alert rangers of the presence of poachers. What does this mean for conservation?

    setting up the camera
  • For the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers are growing

    April 10, 2016

    After a century of constant decline, the number of wild tigers is on the rise! According to the most recent data, at least 3,890 tigers now exist in the wild—up from an estimated 3,200 in 2010.

    tiger in grass
  • 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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  • Alarming rhino poaching rates reported in Southern Africa

    January 21, 2016

    South Africa announced its first decrease in rhino poaching since 2007, but an increase in the number of rhinos killed in neighboring countries offsets this slight improvement. The South African government confirmed 1,175 rhinos were lost in the country in 2015—slightly down from 1,215 in the previous year.

    black rhino and calf
  • Hong Kong steps up for elephants

    January 13, 2016

    In a landmark move for elephants, the government of Hong Kong is actively exploring phasing out domestic ivory trade. The government is also set to strengthen efforts to tackle the illegal ivory trade.

    elephants walking in a line
  • More than One Million Sign on to Stop Elephant Slaughter

    September 28, 2015

    An unprecedented chorus has spoken for the world’s elephants: More than one million people signed a WWF petition supporting a new proposed rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to prevent illegal African elephant ivory from being imported and sold in the US.

    African elephant (Loxodonta africana), herd with Kilimanjaro mountain in the background.
  • Thailand Destroys Ivory Stockpile

    August 25, 2015

    Over two tons of elephant tusks, carved ivory, and trinkets in Thailand—most of it from elephants poached a continent away in Africa—made its way into a machine that ground the ivory into chips. The solemn ceremony to destroy Thailand’s illegal ivory follows a number of important laws the country passed to crack down on the illegal ivory trade.

    prepping ivory to crush
  • 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.

    African elephants
  • WWF’s Ginette Hemley Testifies Before US Senate on Global Poaching Crisis

    July 16, 2015

    Today at a hearing on wildlife poaching before the Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, WWF’s senior vice president of wildlife conservation Ginette Hemley attested that wildlife crime is an urgent crisis that must and can be stopped.

    Ginette Hemley
  • 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.

    ivory getting crushed
  • 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. 

    african elephant
  • 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.

    ivory burn in Gabon
  • Sniffer Dogs Join Fight Against Wildlife Crime

    March 19, 2015

    Since becoming a WWF global ambassador, Andy Murray has been particularly passionate about raising awareness for WWF’s initiative in Nepal that supports the training and use of sniffer dogs to help track down, apprehend and deter poachers in and around Chitwan National Park.

    Sniffer dogs Murray and Sears
  • 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.

    African elephants
  • Illegal Wildlife Traders in China Migrating to Social Media for Sales

    March 03, 2015

    Beyond bricks and mortar, illegal wildlife traders in China are increasingly using social media and code words to reach buyers.

    Ivory carving for sale Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
  • Academy Award-Winning Actor Jared Leto Joins WWF as Global Ambassador

    February 11, 2015

    Academy Award-winning actor, musician and director Jared Leto will become a WWF Global Ambassador, focusing on the most urgent, pressing issues facing our planet.

    jared leto and rhino
  • How Nepal Got to Zero Poaching

    February 03, 2015

    In February 2015, Nepal will host the first symposium focused on getting to zero poaching. Delegates from more than 13 Asian countries representing conservation agencies, police and prosecution services will share best practices, tools and technologies that can be used to respond to the poaching crisis.

    antipoaching patrol

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