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What do you think of when you picture the illegal wildlife trade? I’d imagine you might conjure up an image of a poached elephant in the African savannah or of tiger skins seized from an online trader. But what you might not consider is the critical missing link in the illegal wildlife trade: the trafficking.

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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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Polar bear walking on ice © WWF-US / Elisabeth Kruger

Icons of the ice (part one)

In April last year, I joined scientists from the Government of Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic who were conducting an innovative population survey of polar bears. Why? Because in order to help conserve this iconic species, we need better data to accurately assess how climate change will affect them. And that’s where innovation and technology

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A Palawan pangolin curled up © Global Wildlife Conservation gallery

Four facts about the world’s most trafficked mammal: the pangolin

Okay, step away from the Google Doodle pangolin game for one minute, we’ve managed to grab four fabulous minutes of Q&A for you with a pangolin expert – Dr Dan Challender, Programme Officer in the Global Species Programme at the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to tell us some ‘need to know’ facts

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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 gallery

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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Rhino Horn Seizure bird trade

Criminals are exploiting air transport to smuggle wildlife






What do you think of when you picture the illegal wildlife trade? I’d imagine you might conjure up an image of a poached elephant in the African savannah or of tiger skins seized from an online trader. But what you might not consider is the critical missing link in the illegal wildlife trade: the trafficking. […]

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Vaquita

Fighting extinction: a last chance for vaquitas






Chris Johnson, Oceans Science Manager for WWF-Australia, is one of very few people to have seen vaquitas in the wild. Nicknamed ‘the panda of the sea’, the vaquita is the smallest and most endangered marine mammal, with fewer than 30 left. This Endangered Species Day, we’re putting the spotlight on this little porpoise, and calling […]

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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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Winner of the Green Ambassador Teacher of the Year Award 2016, Eleanor Walker. © Richard Stonehouse / WWF-UK Easter

From park ranger to green teacher






Eleanor Walker, teacher at Victoria Park Primary School in Bristol ignites the passion in her pupils and her colleagues on all things eco. Actually winning the Green Ambassador award was amazing! It was fantastic for some of my green team to come along to support me, to meet other ‘green’ schools and to celebrate all […]

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Westminster at dawn © Gareth Redmond-King climate change

Rebut the nonsense, seize the opportunities






Well it’s been a pretty significant few weeks. Nine months after the vote on EU membership, the war of words is over and the formal exit proceedings have started. It’s quite the moment for reflection, when you realise just how many of us were born into Britain the European Union member state – or were […]

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Callum busking for WWF during Edinburgh Festival © Callum Morton

Busking for the Polar Bear






Last summer Callum Morton, a student at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying MSus classical Mandolin, got in touch with the WWF Scotland team to let us know he was planning on raising funds for WWF by busking during the Edinburgh Festival. We were interested to find out what inspired Callum to brave Edinburgh’s climate […]

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A Palawan pangolin curled up © Global Wildlife Conservation gallery

Four facts about the world’s most trafficked mammal: the pangolin






Okay, step away from the Google Doodle pangolin game for one minute, we’ve managed to grab four fabulous minutes of Q&A for you with a pangolin expert – Dr Dan Challender, Programme Officer in the Global Species Programme at the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to tell us some ‘need to know’ facts […]

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