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Callum busking for WWF during Edinburgh Festival © Callum Morton

Busking for the Polar Bear






Last summer Callum Morton, a student at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying MSus classical Mandolin, got in touch with the WWF Scotland team to let us know he was planning on raising funds for WWF by busking during the Edinburgh Festival. We were interested to find out what inspired Callum to brave Edinburgh’s climate […]

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A Palawan pangolin curled up © Global Wildlife Conservation gallery

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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mother polar bear and cub walk across frozen pond © Elizabeth Kruger / WWF-US

Icons of the ice (part two)






You join me on an innovative population survey of polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, led by scientists from the Government of Nunavut. We’re here to improve our understanding of how the bears will survive in a climate-altered future. “Bear! Starboard at 9 o’clock”. In the excitement, it takes a fraction of a second to […]

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Polar bear walking on ice © WWF-US / Elisabeth Kruger

Icons of the ice (part one)






In April last year, I joined scientists from the Government of Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic who were conducting an innovative population survey of polar bears. Why? Because in order to help conserve this iconic species, we need better data to accurately assess how climate change will affect them. And that’s where innovation and technology […]

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

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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Emperor penguins diving, Ross Sea, Antarctica © National Geographic Creative / Paul Nicklen / WWF

Tracking the emperors of Antarctica






WWF has teamed up with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to track emperor penguins in Antarctica. And now for the first time in 60 years, these iconic birds have received a British-led fieldwork study. For me, emperor penguins are the iconic Antarctic species. When I first encountered them, I was struck not only by their […]

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Why we’re slowly losing our marine world






As a Travel Writer, I’m lucky to visit far-flung places. I’ve explored my way through bustling cities, hiked along glaciers and been swimming in some of the world’s beautiful seas. Sadly, it’s something I hear regularly from locals. ‘The reef has been bleached,’ they say with a shrug. ‘Hardly any life left.’ What does that […]

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