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Cacao tree (Theobroma) in a plantation. Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. I Love Amazon Week

Ten products and ingredients that come from the Amazon.

The Amazon is much more than simply a beautiful, far-off tropical rainforest. It’s also a source of everyday items we rely on. Do you recognise these familiar products and ingredients? 1) CHOCOLATE Did you know that your favourite chocolate originates from the cacao plant? This grows wild in Central and South America and cultivating it

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Leopard print scarf for a quick wild fix. Copyright: Vickie Richards Wear it Wild

Wear to start – a beginner’s guide to eco-fashion

When you think of WWF, you may not immediately think of fashion, but our new event will make the world of fashion and precious species collide. We’re calling on people around the UK to dress to express their wild side for our Wear it Wild campaign launching on Friday 5 June. But more on that

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Gentoo penguin,Port Lockroy, Antarctica. Copyright: Pete Bucktrout, Norman Cobley, British Antarctic Survey

My 3 letters from the Penguin Post Office

Did you see the BBC2 Natural World documentary ‘Penguin Post Office’? It was a penguin extravaganza set at one of the UK’s most remote outposts. Port Lockroy, Goudier Island is located just off the Antarctic Peninsula. The historic British base was built in 1944, during a secret wartime mission called Operation Tabarin. It operated as

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Ten surprising marine species living off our shores

You don’t need to travel to exotic lands to see spectacular marine life this summer… we have some amazing species right on our doorstep. The UK’s seas get a pretty hard time! They are seen by many as the dark and cold distant cousin of the warmer, turquoise seas promised in foreign lands. This couldn’t be further […]

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Cute creatures, chalk streams and Coca-Cola

This week we’re really excited to announce the continuation of our partnership with Coca-Cola in Great Britain. Over the next 3 years we’ll be scaling up our work to secure a brighter future for English rivers and our precious chalk streams. We started working together back in 2012 and have already achieved some impressive results that I […]

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Locals and WWF staff in the Maasai Mara Size of Wales

Seeing is believing

This month I’m sharing a story from my WWF colleagues Nickson Orwa, Neema Suya and Hassan Mohammed who are accompanying some of our partners on an exchange visit to the Maasai Mara… Learning by seeing is one of the best ways in which we learn and we’ve found this to be true time and time […]

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View of the River Wey at Shalford rivers

Making a splash for our rivers

On Sunday, people across Europe will be celebrating their local river, lake or beach by jumping in them! This is all part of a project called ‘The Big Jump’ which does exactly what it says on the tin – encourages people to jump in their local river, lake or beach and reconnect people with their […]

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Mobile phone being used for citizen science © Antonio Oveido WWF-Brazil From the field

Sky Rainforest Rescue supports extreme citizen science

Local fisherman Damião was navigating along a remote stretch of the Envira river in state of Acre, Brazil during the rainy season. He stopped at Sacado lake, set down his backpack, and pulled out his smartphone with global positioning system (GPS) receiver. First checking the GPS to make sure he was at the right spot, […]

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Save our beaches and oceans – how planned dredging threatens precious habitats on Kenya’s beautiful coast

Around our coast, nature provides us with more than beautiful scenery. The intimate relationships between the sea, coastline and plants and animals that live there contribute immensely to people’s lives. Here in Kenya, sea grass beds, beautiful corals reefs, sea turtles and mangrove forests form part of this magnificent web of life. Our 650 km […]

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Simon Reeve © Andrew Carter World Sea Turtle Day

Why we need to protect our ancient mariners

To mark World Sea Turtle Day on 16 June,  TV presenter, bestselling author and WWF Ambassador, Simon Reeve gave us an exclusive interview on why he’s championing WWF’s work to protect sea turtles along the Kenyan coastline. Simon is supporting our work in Lamu, Kenya- home to half of all turtle nests on the Kenyan […]

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Pantanal Pact – 20 down, 5 to go!

A week celebrating the environment finishes on a massive high in Brazil with the news that 20 mayors signed up to the Pantanal Pact. Along with these commitments, WWF, the Mato Grosso state government and six other institutions also signed on the dotted line. Not bad going for an event that wasn’t even on our […]

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