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World Elephant Day

Helping local people see the benefit of conserving elephants

That there are few places in the world like the Mara is an understatement.  For those of us living and working within and in the immediate vicinity, this reality remains a constant companion and a reflection of a life that once was; the beauty and the majesty.  But with it comes the all too familiar

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A yak gallery

Understanding the elusive snow leopard

This week, photographs and a story were released about a snow leopard in the remote regions of Kangchenjunga in north-east Nepal. Under the gaze of the five sacred peaks – straddling the Nepal, India and Tibet borders – a small team of local conservation volunteers, officials and specialist biologists (including WWF staff) spent weeks preparing, tracking

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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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Two game guards with project and flagship species T-shirts

Nkuringo eco tourism benefits

Just four years ago, the town of Nkuringo had no teachers for its school during the rainy season because impassable roads made it difficult for them to travel and people relied only on thin tracts of land on the mountain side for their livelihoods. But since the habituation of groups of gorillas in the area,

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Chitwan National Park sign, Chitwan National Park, Nepal © © Sumanth Kuduvalli / Felis Creations / WWF

Joining Nepal’s greater one-horned rhino count

It was always going to be a trip to remember. Returning to a country I’d last visited as an adventure-seeking backpacker, but this time as part of a WWF team documenting Nepal’s greater one-horned rhino count. I couldn’t wait to join the count in Nepal’s famous Chitwan National Park – home to tigers, elephants and […]

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Rangers identifying birds © Ann Komen Size of Wales

A haven for bird life is under threat – these new rangers could hold the key to protecting it

The coastal forests of Boni and Dodori are home to a huge diversity of birds and are a significant stop-over and dispersal site for a number of migrating bird species from other neighbouring countries. The birds that you can find include the Basra reed warbler, white-headed vulture, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Somali ostrich, southern banded […]

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Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) © WWF-UK World Rhino Day

Celebrating World Rhino Day

To mark World Rhino Day, we’ve brought together expertise from Africa and Asia to celebrate this incredible species, highlight potential threats and showcase how conservation efforts are making a difference Did you know there are five species of rhino? In Africa there are two species, the black rhino and the white rhino, while Asia is […]

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Richard Hammond and his camera, Amazon © Richard Hammond

Q&A with Richard Hammond in the Amazon

TV star Richard Hammond ventured deep into the Amazon for his new Sky 1 programme ‘Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest’, which airs on 16 and 23 September. The show sees Richard attempting to realise his childhood dream of being a wildlife photographer. We caught up with Richard to ask him about his jungle adventure… What made […]

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Loggerhead turtle, Funchal, Madeira

Oceans in crisis!

The new Living Blue Planet Report launched today – Wednesday 16 September – highlights that the population size of marine vertebrates has nearly halved since 1970. The overwhelming conclusion is that our oceans are in crisis. Overfishing, damage to habitats, pollution and climate change are clearly impacting significantly on marine biodiversity. And populations of fish […]

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Highly commended Mike Snelle ‘Common Dolphin’ (Common dolphin, Dephinus delphis), Pembrokeshire, Wales. gallery

Celebrating British wildlife in pictures

For someone who’s passionate about conservation photography and our wonderful wildlife, it’s an exciting time. It’s when I get to view, and judge, the best of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA). And this year’s WWF-sponsored Coast and Marine category didn’t disappoint. It delivered a spectacular snapshot of the incredible range of species that grace […]

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A fisherman in Kenya Size of Wales

Dredging in Kenya: an update on the campaign to save beautiful beaches and precious habitats

In my last blog I brought to your attention plans to remove millions of tonnes of sea sand and debris off the south coast of Kenya which poses great danger to fragile habitats, wildlife and people’s livelihoods. This blog is to update you on this issue – the struggle is still on and far from […]

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Borneo Orang-utan male baby 'Thor' aged 8-9 months peering from behind his mother. Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia © naturepl.com / Fiona Rogers / WWF World Orang-utan Day

The incredible family bond of orang-utans

To celebrate World Orang-utan Day, we’ve released a beautiful new video capturing the mesmerising species. The stunning footage showcases the incredible family bond between an infant orang-utan and its mother. Swinging through trees in the heart of the Borneo before nestling into its mother’s chest; the young orang-utan looks peaceful – unaware of the imposing […]

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