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Sgt Fallis of PSNI assisting ringing of peregrine falcon
Illegal Wildlife trade

Our UK heroes tackling wildlife crime

Each year, wildlife crime enforcers from around the UK descend upon Leamington Spa to share insights and experiences on tackling wildlife crime in this country and abroad. This weekend I’ve been at the National Wildlife Crime Enforcers Conference to present awards on behalf of WWF to the law enforcers who have gone above and beyond

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Emperor penguin Chick Dawson-Lambton Glacier, Antarctica © Fritz Pölking / WWF

Top 10 facts about emperor penguins

For me, Emperor penguins are the iconic Antarctic species. When I first saw them on the ice, I was struck by their serene grace and intricate beauty. Delicate gold patches adorn their chest like an artist’s brushstroke against their otherwise black and white plumage. No other species is so perfectly adapted to survive in the

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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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A panda mascot with children outside the Living Planet Centre gallery

10 reasons why you should visit our panda-tastic Experience

Saturday 25 January 2014 was a pretty significant day for WWF-UK. Having moved into our fantastic Living Planet Centre back in October 2013, we finally marked the public opening of the WWF Experience! Let me take a few steps back to explain. The idea of the Living Planet Centre was born when long standing supporter

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

9 images that tell the story of illegal wildlife trade

WWF commissioned the award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker James Morgan to travel to Africa and Asia to document the grisly realities behind both the supply and demand sides of the illegal wildlife trade. Here, James tells us the story behind some of his images. And he explains why we need to find new ways to tackle

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Sgt Fallis of PSNI assisting ringing of peregrine falcon Illegal Wildlife trade

Our UK heroes tackling wildlife crime

Each year, wildlife crime enforcers from around the UK descend upon Leamington Spa to share insights and experiences on tackling wildlife crime in this country and abroad. This weekend I’ve been at the National Wildlife Crime Enforcers Conference to present awards on behalf of WWF to the law enforcers who have gone above and beyond […]

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HWC tech challenge human-wildlife conflict

Winners of the WWF human-wildlife conflict tech challenge!

Back in July, we set up a competition where you could win 30,000 Euros to develop technology to reduce human-wildlife conflict We are excited to announce the winners for the first International Human-Wildlife Conflict Technology Challenge! WWF and WildLabs asked applicants to propose technological solutions to develop early-warning systems, letting communities know if carnivores or […]

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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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WWF UK Green Ambassador UK award presented to Warren Road Primary School, Orpington, on 10th July, 2017. © Richard Stonehouse / WWF-UK Green Ambassadors

But I would walk 3,100 miles…in my quest to visit some amazing green schools!

When I think back to June and July of this year I can’t help but have that well known Proclaimers song ‘Gonna Be’ in my head as it really did feel like I walked 500 miles (well 3,100 miles actually even if 1,000 of those were in a virtual sense!) visiting some amazing Green Ambassador […]

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Sumatran orang-utan ©Karen Edwards Global Orangutan Day

A trek in search of Asia’s ‘critically endangered’ orang-utan

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to see the orang-utan in it’s natural habitat. It was a beautiful experience. But with Asia’s orange-haired great apes labelled as ‘critically endangered’, the chances are we won’t be able to visit them for much longer. But why are we losing them and what can be done to […]

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Ranger looking out © Robert Magori

Maasai Community Scouts: first line of defense in the Mara

There is beauty in ownership. Ownership of a project, property and even rights. But there is greater beauty in conservation when a community owns iconic wildlife heritage bestowed on them and willingly offer to defend them. This is the story of community scouts in the greater Maasai Mara ecosystem. Imagine a family in a remote […]

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Endangered Bengal tiger in Bhutan © Emmanuel Rondeau

Rare tiger in Bhutan captured on camera

We sent wildlife filmmaker Emmanuel Rondeau on a mission to capture footage of the endangered tiger in Bhutan. With only around 100 wild tigers in this country, this was no easy task. But, despite torrential downpours, high altitudes and high terrain, he succeeded! And captured some other interesting animals on film too…. Meet Emmanuel My name is […]

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Indian tiger passing through water lilies, Bangkok Zoo, Thailand. © Martin Harvey human-wildlife conflict

Here’s your chance to help reduce human-wildlife conflict!

Imagine you’re a Canadian living in the Arctic Circle. You’ve recently been told that polar bears have been spotted roaming around your town. You might now be quite scared to walk around your neighbourhood, especially at night on your own. But one day you’re round a friend’s house for dinner and stay later than expected. […]

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Virunga National Park: my mountain gorilla hat-trick

When I’m not wearing my glasses, my eyesight is truly shocking. First thing in the morning this is copeable with (some might argue favourable…), but when I need to see things that matter I unquestionably need my glasses. On the list of ‘things that matter’, seeing mountain gorillas in the wild is right up there, […]

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