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Turtle hatchling in Lamu © Jonathan Caramanus/Green Renaissance/WWF-UK

The value of long-term monitoring of marine turtle nesting

For nearly 20 years, we’ve been working closely with local communities in Lamu seascape to monitor and safeguard key marine turtle nesting sites. Community-based patrols have enabled us to collect a wealth of information about the turtles that come to nest on our beaches. Earlier this month, we shared that information with the wider scientific […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Seized poacher's weapons and poached ivory. Copyright: James Morgan.

CITES CoP: more species, more action

I am one of over 2,500 people in Johannesburg, South Africa, meeting to discuss the biggest issues around the illegal trade in wildlife. The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) has begun. It will be a busy […]

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