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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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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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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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A Palawan pangolin curled up © Global Wildlife Conservation Pangolins

Four facts about the world’s most trafficked mammal: the pangolin

Okay, step away from the Google Doodle pangolin game for one minute, we’ve managed to grab four fabulous minutes of Q&A for you with a pangolin expert – Dr Dan Challender, Programme Officer in the Global Species Programme at the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to tell us some ‘need to know’ facts […]

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Elephant ivory bracelets seized by Border Force, Heathrow Airport © WWF-UK / James Morgan Illegal Wildlife trade

Is the UK tough enough on criminals that illegally trade wildlife?

Illegal wildlife trade is a hot topic at the moment – and rightly so.  It threatens the extinction of many species as diverse as sharks, pangolins and tigers.  It sometimes seems that not a week goes by without hearing of poached rhinos in South Africa or elephants in Tanzania. So what is the UK doing […]

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Rhino horn and tiger teeth for sale on the black market in Hanoi, Vietnam © Robert Patterson / WWF Illegal Wildlife trade

Eyes on Viet Nam as it hosts an international illegal wildlife trade conference

On the 17-18 November, the Vietnamese government will host an international conference on illegal wildlife trade.  It’s been reported that 54 countries will be represented at this meeting to discuss what they can do to tackle this devastating trade. This is a trade that last year drove the killing of around 20,000 elephants and nearly […]

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