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Chocolate cakes and packaging made by school children © Tristan Fewings / WWF-UK Education

Tropical Chocolate – from bean to bar

As a rich chocolate aroma fills every corner of the Learning Zone in WWF’s Living Planet Centre, myself and the education team are busy running our 12th Tropical Chocolate Workshop of the year. The International School of London are visiting today and the Learning Zone is buzzing with excited pupils keen to learn more about [...]

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Rob Penn and Freddie Flintoff on their bikes © WWF-UK

Rob Penn: An Amazon adventure part 1

For a month last autumn, Freddie Flintoff and I pedalled along what is perhaps the most controversial road in the world. The Trans-Amazonian Highway was built by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the early 1970s, to open up the southern Amazon basin for colonization and economic exploitation. In a grandiose economic experiment, the proposal was [...]

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Close up of a spectacled bear

Spotted: The bear that inspired Paddington

The spectacled bear is extremely elusive and is considered ‘Vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ‘Red List’. It is the only bear native to South America and was the inspiration for Michael Bond’s Paddington bear and a movie later this year featuring the voice of Colin Firth. Despite being the largest [...]

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Amazon river, Cuyabeno. © Camilo Ortega.

I haven’t been anywhere exciting lately- but I think I just helped save the Amazon

When you work in conservation, you find yourself using terms such as ‘stakeholder engagement’, ‘alliance building’, ‘networking’, and ‘negotiated trade-offs’ without much thought. They become part of your everyday lexicon. However, what all these phrases reveal – in their different ways – is that conservation is about bringing people and organisations together to find the [...]

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Amazon River Dolphins

And the species just keep on coming (but for how much longer)?

I find it amazing to think that even in this day and age new species are still being discovered. In a world where technology, economy, politics and business increasingly take centre stage, somewhere in the most remote reaches of our incredible natural world there are yet more species waiting to be discovered. Earlier this year [...]

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An African elephant, Botswana. gallery

A year in focus: 12 inspiring images and WWF’s work in 2013

As WWF-UK’s picture editor, I’m constantly reminded how wonderful our world is. From a hard-won image of a rare Amur tiger to a touching insight into gorilla behaviour, the following images show why our work has never been more vital. For the February issue of WWF’s members’ magazine Action, I was asked to select 12 [...]

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