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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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A Palawan pangolin curled up © Global Wildlife Conservation Pangolins

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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Elephant ivory bracelets seized by Border Force, Heathrow Airport © WWF-UK / James Morgan Illegal Wildlife trade

Is the UK tough enough on criminals that illegally trade wildlife?

Illegal wildlife trade is a hot topic at the moment – and rightly so.  It threatens the extinction of many species as diverse as sharks, pangolins and tigers.  It sometimes seems that not a week goes by without hearing of poached rhinos in South Africa or elephants in Tanzania. So what is the UK doing […]

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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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Fantastic animals and where to find them

In the dark, rippling reeds by the lake, something stirred. Rain beat down on me like tennis balls, thunder crumpled the air around me as if a sheet of card being folded by some irritable giant up on the hill, fumbling his origami sculpture, his curses the sharp shocks of lightning bringing the forest suddenly […]

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The spoils of war © Brent Stirton Illegal Wildlife trade

Calling time on illegal wildlife trade

Yesterday the world’s biggest wildlife trade meeting finished, early.  The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) was scheduled to close tomorrow.  But yesterday’s business was quickly dispatched, with the plenary session quickly confirming the decisions made in […]

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