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Amur tiger caught on a camera trap © Toshiji Fukuda World Tiger Day

A majestic animal on its knees

We scanned the plain with binoculars for any sign of movement, the only light coming from the half-full moon overhead.  The threat – we knew – was real. The previous evening a group of youths had been stopped, drunk and armed with a rifle. I was with the World Wildlife Fund in the furthest eastern […]

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Framed photos at the Tiger Talk exhibition

The unsung heroes of tiger conservation

What makes a great event? Or maybe the question is really what makes a great party… recently I attended my dream party. What could be better than Mayfair as a location, true stories from anti-poaching rangers and vivid tiger photography from the field of conservation – all exhibited in the gallery reception rooms of the […]

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Tigers untrapped: 11 images from Toshiji Fukuda

Toshiji Fukuda has been photographing the natural wonders in the far east of Russia for nearly 25 years. His dedication has resulted in countless amazing images – including a true rarity: a beautiful photo of a wild Amur tiger taken without a camera trap. This won him the Gerald Durrell Award for photographing endangered species […]

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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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Smuggled Tiger Cub © 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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