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Giant Panda © WWF-UK From the field

Part 1: A Giant Panda Adventure

Giant pandas are rarely seen in the wild so when I travelled to Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces in south-west China, I knew my chances of spotting this incredible animal were extremely slim. In 10 days I travelled 1,200km, visited seven nature reserves, 10 project sites, experienced my first earthquake tremor, and ate a 100-year-old egg. […]

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baby turtle hatchlings © WWF-Kenya

Kenya’s Lamu seascape – pristine, important and threatened

The Lamu seascape is located at the northernmost part of Kenya’s coast line. It starts from the Tana river delta in the South and stretches to the Kenya – Somalia border in the north. The Lamu archipelago comprise of approximately fifty five islands which are mainly made up of fossilised sand dunes or raised beaches. […]

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Smuggled Tiger Cub © WWF-Canon / James Morgan Illegal Wildlife trade

The choice is ours: zero poaching or zero wildlife?

Poaching and illegal wildlife trade are the most serious and immediate threats to many of Asia’s charismatic and iconic species, such as tiger, rhino and elephants, as well as lesser known species such as pangolin. It is a transnational organised crime, as stated at the ‘Symposium: Towards Zero Poaching in Asia’ last week, by the […]

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Penguin under the snow © Timothee Poupart CNRS

Tracking penguins in the ‘Land of the Adélies’

WWF is supporting polar scientists working with the French Antarctic Programme (IPEV/CNRS) who are monitoring Adélie penguins at Dumont D’Urville Station in Terre Adélie, East Antarctica. I blogged about this vital work in the ‘Land of the Adélies’ previously. The aim is to identify ‘biological hotspots’ in the Southern Ocean which are important feeding grounds […]

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Polar bear, Svalbard © Gert Polet, WWF Netherlands climate change

Decreasing Arctic sea ice leaves polar bears at a crossroads

Arctic Sea ice is reported to have reached its 2014 minimum on 17 September, before the onset of the winter freeze. At 5.02 million km 2 (1.94 million km 2), it is the sixth lowest on satellite record, demonstrating the continued downward trend in Arctic sea ice. The last eight years have been the lowest […]

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Loggerhead turtle trapped in a drifting abandoned net subsequently released, Mediterranean Sea © Jordi Chias/uwaterphoto.com gallery

Jordi Chias: how images can boost conservation

Underwater photographer Jordi Chias, who won the ‘One Earth’ award at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2010 with his image ‘Turtle in trouble’, reflects on photography’s essential role in promoting conservation. Do you feel that photos like ‘Turtle in Trouble’ can benefit conservation? Photography and film are a powerful tool for conservation. We  […]

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Areal shot of the Amazon © Andre Bartschi - WWF-Canon National Amazon Day

Honouring the home of the Amazon

Today it is National Amazon Day! This isn’t about buying more books or music online but about celebrating the world’s largest rainforest. At WWF-UK, I have the fortune of working to help preserve what is surely one of the natural wonders of the world. While sometimes the news from this part of the world can […]

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Jin Kai during training © Wayne Wu/TRAFFIC Illegal Wildlife trade

The great dog detectives

At the arrivals hall of China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, passengers are bustling as usual. Jin Kai is carrying out a routine inspection of passengers’ luggage. Although Jin Kai isn’t the typical airport security officer you’d expect… she’s a Labrador. Jin Kai is one of the first graduates from a detector dog training programme run […]

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Amur tiger caught on a camera trap © Toshiji Fukuda World Tiger Day

A majestic animal on its knees

We scanned the plain with binoculars for any sign of movement, the only light coming from the half-full moon overhead.  The threat – we knew – was real. The previous evening a group of youths had been stopped, drunk and armed with a rifle. I was with the World Wildlife Fund in the furthest eastern […]

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Ranger Ramesh Thapa, Nepal World Ranger Day

On the front line in Bardia National Park

Ramesh Thapa has been a park ranger for 31 years, 22 of those he’s spent in Bardia National Park in Nepal. He’s seen a lot happen over that time, good and bad. As we celebrate World Ranger Day, I caught up with him to ask a few questions about his experiences. What was your motivation […]

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