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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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Guest blog

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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WWF's Living Planet Report found that we risk a 67% decline in global populations of vertebrate species by 2020 if we don't act now. © Martin Harvey / WWF living planet report

Government and business must work together to stop environmental decline






The Living Planet Report, which was published recently by the global conservation organisation WWF, highlighted the alarming rate at which species all over the world are declining. Iconic animals like African elephants, polar bears, and mountain gorillas are all at risk. So are ones that we may be more familiar with like salmon, butterflies, and […]

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WWF's Living Planet Report found that we risk a 67% decline in global populations of vertebrate species by 2020 if we don't act now. © Martin Harvey / WWF living planet report

Rhaid i’r Llywodraeth a busnesau gydweithio i atal dirywiad amgylcheddol






Tynnodd yr Adroddiad Planed Fyw, a gyhoeddwyd yn ddiweddar gan y sefydliad cadwraethol byd-eang WWF, sylw at y ffordd frawychus mae rhywogaethau ledled y byd yn prinhau. Mae anifeiliaid eiconig fel eliffantod Affrica, eirth gwyn a gorilaod mynydd i gyd mewn perygl. Felly hefyd rhai rydyn ni’n fwy cyfarwydd â nhw, fel eogiaid, ieir bach […]

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Red fox jumping in snow - Wildlife photography © Richard Peters

All wildlife is exotic to someone; a wildlife photographer’s inspiration.






Inspiration of a wildlife photographer As a wildlife photographer, I am often asked what inspires me. Consider this… The temperature is sitting close to -40 degrees and I’ve just seen a red fox dive into the crisp deep snow of Yellowstone National Park. Immediately looking at the photos I captured of the moment, there’s disappointment […]

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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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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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