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Emperor penguin Chick Dawson-Lambton Glacier, Antarctica © Fritz Pölking / WWF

Top 10 facts about emperor penguins

For me, Emperor penguins are the iconic Antarctic species. When I first saw them on the ice, I was struck by their serene grace and intricate beauty. Delicate gold patches adorn their chest like an artist’s brushstroke against their otherwise black and white plumage. No other species is so perfectly adapted to survive in the

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Elephant crisis – what poaching does to animals, environments and people

Dr Kate Evans is the director and founder of Elephants for Africa. She started her research over a decade ago, looking at adolescent male elephants in the Okavango Delta and how they socialise – with an emphasis on how captive-bred animals would react in a wild environment. Here she talks about how complex these beautiful

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A panda mascot with children outside the Living Planet Centre gallery

10 reasons why you should visit our panda-tastic Experience

Saturday 25 January 2014 was a pretty significant day for WWF-UK. Having moved into our fantastic Living Planet Centre back in October 2013, we finally marked the public opening of the WWF Experience! Let me take a few steps back to explain. The idea of the Living Planet Centre was born when long standing supporter

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

9 images that tell the story of illegal wildlife trade

WWF commissioned the award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker James Morgan to travel to Africa and Asia to document the grisly realities behind both the supply and demand sides of the illegal wildlife trade. Here, James tells us the story behind some of his images. And he explains why we need to find new ways to tackle

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Rebecca May © WWF International Women's Day

People at the heart of wildlife conservation

Our relationships on this planet are tangled up in a complex web of life, where what we do affects other living beings and our physical surroundings. So why then do we seem to damage the natural resources that we depend on? And how can people-centred solutions to conservation protect wildlife and wild places? On the […]

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Long-tailed Sylph © Diego M. Garces / WWF

The Living Colombia Report: a new tool for conservation in a megadiverse country

If you’re interested in conservation, you’ll also be interested in Colombia. The country has more species of birds and amphibians than any other; is the world’s most diverse country relative to its size, being home to over 9000 species found nowhere else in the world; and has habitats that vary from Andean glaciers to tropical […]

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Jaguar (Panthera onca) © David Lawson / WWF-UK wildlife

“Patience, perseverance and a little luck made it possible” – an interview with BBC’s Big Cats series producer

Through the recent BBC Big Cats series we’ve been able to immerse ourselves in the lives of the world’s feisty felids – from the most elusive to the most deadly. With the launch of new technology systems which have allowed us to delve into the intricate depths of these animals’ lives, we were curious to […]

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Sgt Fallis of PSNI assisting ringing of peregrine falcon Illegal Wildlife trade

Our UK heroes tackling wildlife crime

Each year, wildlife crime enforcers from around the UK descend upon Leamington Spa to share insights and experiences on tackling wildlife crime in this country and abroad. This weekend I’ve been at the National Wildlife Crime Enforcers Conference to present awards on behalf of WWF to the law enforcers who have gone above and beyond […]

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HWC tech challenge human-wildlife conflict

Winners of the WWF human-wildlife conflict tech challenge!

Back in July, we set up a competition where you could win 30,000 Euros to develop technology to reduce human-wildlife conflict We are excited to announce the winners for the first International Human-Wildlife Conflict Technology Challenge! WWF and WildLabs asked applicants to propose technological solutions to develop early-warning systems, letting communities know if carnivores or […]

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African elephant mother and calf, South Africa. © Martin Harvey / WWF Illegal Wildlife trade

The countdown begins to the London 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

In October 2018, London is set to host global leaders for a conference on the illegal wildlife trade. The momentum towards this is already starting to build, as the UK Government hosted a high level reception to launch the conference on 30 October 2017. Tackling the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is one of our priorities […]

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WWF UK Green Ambassador UK award presented to Warren Road Primary School, Orpington, on 10th July, 2017. © Richard Stonehouse / WWF-UK Green Ambassadors

But I would walk 3,100 miles…in my quest to visit some amazing green schools!

When I think back to June and July of this year I can’t help but have that well known Proclaimers song ‘Gonna Be’ in my head as it really did feel like I walked 500 miles (well 3,100 miles actually even if 1,000 of those were in a virtual sense!) visiting some amazing Green Ambassador […]

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