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And the winners are…?

When we first entered the UK Blog Awards last year, we had no idea how people would receive us in terms of how they’d vote. Would we make it through the public vote to reach the finals? How much competition would there be? Would we win anything at all? All perfectly normal questions for any […]

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

Are we winning the battle?

I remember as a young child thinking how appalling it was that people would buy and sell wildlife into extinction. It seemed so senseless and unnecessary. I thought when I grew up I had to do something about it. It’s illegal and wrong, I reasoned, so it couldn’t be that complicated to fix could it? […]

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Houses of Parliament © Paul Brocklehurst / Flickr.com Politics

Politicians: What will you do for the environment?

So the starting-gun has finally been fired. The shadow-boxing has been going on for weeks, if not months, but, with the dissolution of Parliament, we are now in the final short campaign. This is the period when candidates are hunkered down in their constituencies, pushing and contending for every vote, while party leaders criss-cross the […]

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A screenshot of tiger cubs in the wild, taken from Whiska's latest TV ad campaign © Gary Van Wyk – The Ginkgo Agency Tigers

A brief encounter worth having

I have always been inspired by nature, and by the passion and dedication of people working to ensure that nature and wildlife can thrive. When I attended the Symposium: Towards Zero Poaching in Asia recently, I knew I was going to listen and learn from many inspiring individuals who were coming together to tackle a […]

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Smuggled Tiger Cub © WWF-Canon / James Morgan Illegal Wildlife trade

The choice is ours: zero poaching or zero wildlife?

Poaching and illegal wildlife trade are the most serious and immediate threats to many of Asia’s charismatic and iconic species, such as tiger, rhino and elephants, as well as lesser known species such as pangolin. It is a transnational organised crime, as stated at the ‘Symposium: Towards Zero Poaching in Asia’ last week, by the […]

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Baby turtle on a beach, Malaysia © WWF-Malaysia Malaysia

Turtle Guardians are the real heroes

I’m on a six month secondment to WWF-Malaysia, and was lucky enough to get the chance to do night patrol on the turtle beaches of Melaka. Here, WWF employs ‘Turtle Guardians’ to conduct research on Hawksbill and Green turtles and collect and incubate their eggs to thwart poachers. Four of the world’s seven species of […]

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Seized-Shipment-of-Illegal-ivory. Copyright: WWF-Canon / James Morgan Events

The good kind of hacking – becoming a TradeMapperHacker

Hack days and hackathons seem to be all the rage, particularly in London. It’s great to see a growing number of them dedicated to using technology to help in conservation of the natural world too. Just this week I’ve come across ZSL’s ‘Hack the Redlist’ event, and the London Climate Change Coders group, organised by […]

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Tiger by river

There’s a big cat inside every small cat

It’s just over a year since Alison Clark, Global VP of Corporate Affairs at Mars Petcare, journeyed to see WWF’s work in the tiger lands of Nepal to mark the launch of our exciting new fundraising partnership with Whiskas. Since then, Whiskas UK and their customers have contributed more than £500,000 for our global initiative […]

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