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Heather Sohl's biography

Heather Sohl biog picHeather Sohl – wildlife team:

I remember as a 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 – you just educate people and enforce the law. Of course my other ambition at that young age was to ride horses as a professional showjumper, so that was an over-optimistic view of my future life too.

The majority of my previous jobs related to nature conservation issues here in the UK. I’ve been with WWF for six years now and I love it – working with motivated people, being part of a great organisation, and the feeling of making a difference.

My role in the species team is to manage our work on international wildlife trade and whale conservation, and those will be the main focus of my blog posts.

My latest posts


African elephant mother and calf, South Africa. © Martin Harvey / WWF Illegal Wildlife trade

The countdown begins to the London 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

In October 2018, London is set to host global leaders for a conference on the illegal wildlife trade. The momentum towards this is already starting to build, as the UK Government hosted a high level reception to launch the conference on 30 October 2017. Tackling the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is one of our priorities […]

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Rhino horn and tiger teeth for sale on the black market in Hanoi, Vietnam © Robert Patterson / WWF Illegal Wildlife trade

Eyes on Viet Nam as it hosts an international illegal wildlife trade conference

On the 17-18 November, the Vietnamese government will host an international conference on illegal wildlife trade.  It’s been reported that 54 countries will be represented at this meeting to discuss what they can do to tackle this devastating trade. This is a trade that last year drove the killing of around 20,000 elephants and nearly […]

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