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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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Ranger looking out © Robert Magori

Maasai Community Scouts: first line of defense in the Mara

There is beauty in ownership. Ownership of a project, property and even rights. But there is greater beauty in conservation when a community owns iconic wildlife heritage bestowed on them and willingly offer to defend them. This is the story of community scouts in the greater Maasai Mara ecosystem. Imagine a family in a remote […]

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Indian tiger passing through water lilies, Bangkok Zoo, Thailand. © Martin Harvey human-wildlife conflict

Here’s your chance to help reduce human-wildlife conflict!

Imagine you’re a Canadian living in the Arctic Circle. You’ve recently been told that polar bears have been spotted roaming around your town. You might now be quite scared to walk around your neighbourhood, especially at night on your own. But one day you’re round a friend’s house for dinner and stay later than expected. […]

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Fantastic animals and where to find them

In the dark, rippling reeds by the lake, something stirred. Rain beat down on me like tennis balls, thunder crumpled the air around me as if a sheet of card being folded by some irritable giant up on the hill, fumbling his origami sculpture, his curses the sharp shocks of lightning bringing the forest suddenly […]

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The spoils of war © Brent Stirton Illegal Wildlife trade

Calling time on illegal wildlife trade

Yesterday the world’s biggest wildlife trade meeting finished, early.  The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) was scheduled to close tomorrow.  But yesterday’s business was quickly dispatched, with the plenary session quickly confirming the decisions made in […]

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

CITES CoP: more species, more action

I am one of over 2,500 people in Johannesburg, South Africa, meeting to discuss the biggest issues around the illegal trade in wildlife. The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) has begun. It will be a busy […]

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