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Addressing the problem of human-wildlife conflict

I’ve written before about the problem of human-wildlife conflict in Kwale and I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of the progress that we’ve made over the last few months. Living in close proximity to wildlife can be a real challenge. In the Shimba Hills region, elephants are a particular problem [...]

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Ivory-Inferno-Gabon. Copyright: WWF-Canon / James Morgan Illegal Wildlife trade

TRAFFIC drop in to talk about illegal wildlife trade

TRAFFIC – a joint programme of WWF and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – is the only global organisation that focuses solely on monitoring and reducing the illegal wildlife trade. With poaching reaching crisis point – 1,004 rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa alone in 2013 and about 22, 000 African [...]

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Group photo of the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. Photo courtesy of Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Illegal Wildlife trade

London Conference round up: Is the tide finally turning on illegal wildlife trade?

WWF-UK’s species conservation work is almost exclusively focused on protecting species abroad. This means I work from our base at the Living Planet Centre in Woking focused mostly on activities happening thousands of miles away. However, this week the global attention on one of our priority issues – the illegal wildlife trade – was focused [...]

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Indian elephant, Rapti river, Chitwan, Nepal. © naturepl.com/ Andrew Parkinson/ WWF-Canon Illegal Wildlife trade

If music be the food of love – sing ‘the elephant song’

As the campaign team of WWF Thailand, we are proud to be part of the global effort to combat the issue of wildlife trafficking – in particular the illegal ivory trade. The elephant is the national animal of Thailand and during the era of King Rama V, the elephant also was on Thailand’s national flag. [...]

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Smuggled-Tiger-Cub. Copyright: 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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Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden with the UK Border Force with illegal ivory Illegal Wildlife trade

It’s a jungle out there and someone has to police it

Some time ago now when I was a teenager I was lucky enough to go on a family holiday to Kenya and see the most amazing wildlife including elephants and rhinos, with the stunning back drop of the African savannah. Back then I was unaware that this might become an all too rare sight within [...]

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Anti-poaching watchers in a boat on the Bhavanisagar reservoir Illegal Wildlife trade

Watchers of the great Western Ghats

The Western Ghats in Southern India is one of the world’s hotspots for biodiversity and is a WWF priority eco-region. It is a large landscape consisting of tiger reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and other forests, forming large areas of connected habitat for wide ranging species such as elephants and tigers. But despite it’s greatness, the landscape [...]

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Seized poacher's weapons and poached ivory. Copyright: James Morgan. Illegal Wildlife trade

All eyes on London in the fight against illegal wildlife trade

On 12 and 13 February the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade will seek to inject a new level of political momentum into global efforts to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. I’ve been working alongside colleagues from TRAFFIC (the joint wildlife trade programme of WWF and the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN) [...]

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