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Ivory-Inferno-Gabon. Copyright: WWF-Canon / James Morgan Illegal Wildlife trade

Will ivory burn fuel the fire for action?






On Saturday 30 April, the world’s largest ever ivory destruction will take place. Kenya will be burning 105 tonnes of ivory, along with 1.5 tonnes of rhino horn, in Nairobi National Park. This will be a strong symbolic gesture that Kenya will not tolerate the illegal wildlife trade that is killing so many of its […]

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Aweer woman weaving © WWF Kenya

Traditional knowledge is helping safeguard the future of Kenya’s threatened forests






I remember it like it was yesterday. Several years ago we were engaged in a meeting with the indigenous Aweer community discussing their rights in relation to natural resources. The Aweer, traditionally hunter-gatherers, live in Boni Dodori, a part of Kenya which is home to a rich array of wildlife. We’d been discussing at length why the […]

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Meeting members of an indigenous community. Size of Wales

Kaya forests – a Kenyan example of indigenous peoples’ and community conserved areas






Many indigenous communities hold a very close relationship with nature, and have done so for millennia, often using traditional governance and management systems to promote harmonious co-existence between people and the environment. The relationship between indigenous communities and nature is much richer than any words can truly express, but it’s clear that it’s often a […]

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Ranger looking out © Robert Magori

6 reasons we’re on the lookout for black rhinos in Kenya






Black rhinos in African have suffered huge reductions in the past, mainly due to poaching. Listed as Critically Endangered under the IUCN Red List, there are currently about 5000 animals remaining in the wild (there were 65,000 in 1970).  As part of WWF-UK’s support work to raise numbers and improve security around the species – […]

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Students can now study for longer thanks to solar lanterns. Image © Jeff DeKock Size of Wales

How our support is helping to tackle climate change and transforming lives in Kenya






As the world’s leaders and top scientists have been gathering in Paris to discuss climate change and global warming, villagers in Fihoni, which borders the Gogoni Forest, are celebrating a successful switch to clean and renewable energy – thanks to WWF and Size of Wales. I have written about Fihoni village in my previous blogs. […]

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The spoils of war © Brent Stirton

Ivory wars: Q&A with photojournalist Brent Stirton






Each year around 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers to feed the illegal ivory trade. I spoke to award-winning photojournalist Brent Stirton about his work to focus international attention on the people who are profiting most from the ivory war, and the rangers who risk their lives to stop the killing. Congratulations on winning […]

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Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) © WWF-UK World Rhino Day

Celebrating World Rhino Day






To mark World Rhino Day, we’ve brought together expertise from Africa and Asia to celebrate this incredible species, highlight potential threats and showcase how conservation efforts are making a difference Did you know there are five species of rhino? In Africa there are two species, the black rhino and the white rhino, while Asia is […]

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World Elephant Day

Helping local people see the benefit of conserving elephants






That there are few places in the world like the Mara is an understatement.  For those of us living and working within and in the immediate vicinity, this reality remains a constant companion and a reflection of a life that once was; the beauty and the majesty.  But with it comes the all too familiar […]

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