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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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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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Justin and the WWF crew on Frensham common

Pining for a clearer common

Last week Lucy Shield, Lucy Potashnik, Nicola Loweth, Richard Brown and I used our conservation day to go and help restore some of Frensham common – an SSSI designated area – back to its original heathland. The 400 hectare common is inundated with pine trees, grown after the Second World War when Britain was on [...]

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Kenya Wildlife Service staff Size of Wales

Introducing John Bett and WWF’s Boni-Dodori Coastal Forest project in Kenya

Welcome to my first blog. My name is John Bett and through this blog I want to regularly share insights into our work and the wonders of our coastal forests here in Lamu and Garissa Counties in north-east Kenya, supported through Size of Wales. I head up a small team for WWF working with local communities [...]

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