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Chitwan National Park sign, Chitwan National Park, Nepal © © Sumanth Kuduvalli / Felis Creations / WWF

Joining Nepal’s greater one-horned rhino count

It was always going to be a trip to remember. Returning to a country I’d last visited as an adventure-seeking backpacker, but this time as part of a WWF team documenting Nepal’s greater one-horned rhino count. I couldn’t wait to join the count in Nepal’s famous Chitwan National Park – home to tigers, elephants and […]

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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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WWF Global Ambassador Andy Murray meets the next generation of Metropolitan Police Service sniffer dogs at The Championships, Wimbledon © Greg Armfield / WWF-UK Illegal Wildlife trade

Andy Murray champions the fight against illegal wildlife trade

We’re thrilled that tennis pro and WWF Global Ambassador Andy Murray is championing our work to stop the illegal trade in wildlife. And we’re delighted he took time out from his training to talk about his support of our work. Here’s what Andy had to say… “I was shocked to hear that the illegal wildlife […]

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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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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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Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor in her sparkly dress, Earth Hour, South Bank Centre, London © Richard Stonehouse / WWF-UK Five for Friday

Five for Friday: 5 blog favourites from March and April

It’s been a busy few months on the blog site, so much so I didn’t even get around to doing my last Five for Friday. There were so many other interesting and important pieces that kept it off the schedule! Because of this, I’ve picked five blogs from March and April to highlight to you. […]

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Community-members-digging-trenches to protect their crops from wildlife

Addressing the problem of human-wildlife conflict

I’ve written before about the problem of human-wildlife conflict in Kwale and I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of the progress that we’ve made over the last few months. Living in close proximity to wildlife can be a real challenge. In the Shimba Hills region, elephants are a particular problem […]

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Duncan Mizen - WWF Blog Manager

Five for Friday: Paddington Bear, Spiderman, Turtles, how super!

Hello again blog readers. Since my first ‘Five for Friday’ there’s been a very large amount of activity here on the blog site, mainly around fighting to end wildlife crime, but also about T-shirts, running in the Antarctic…oh and Paddington bear. I’m aware that my first post was a tad long, so I’m going to […]

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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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