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"The reef is always in my heart," says Nuatali Veniiy. "Everywhere I go I try to educate people, including my family, about protecting the reef." © Tory Read
Saving Reefs and the Life They Protect
Saying that Nuatali Veniiy is passionate about marine conservation is a vast understatement. She's a true believer in the importance of the reefs and the life they support. Like her mother before her, Veniiy is responsible for the reef near her family's land on Ghizo Island in Solomon Islands. She takes this responsibility very seriously, and is always looking for ways to improve the reef's protection.
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Sumatran rhinos are one of the world's rarest mammals. © naturepl.com/Mark Carwardine/WWF-Canon
Understanding the Plight of the Sumatran Rhino
By Dr. Barney Long, Director, Species Protection and Asian Species Conservation
At the age of 18 I left my hometown of Leeds, England, to volunteer on a research project in the heart of this Indonesian island. One incident during that first venture into the rain forest changed the trajectory of my career: the finding of a skeleton. My naive excitement at finding a skeleton in the forest was short-lived, as upon inspection it was identified as belonging to a Sumatran rhino. With the top of the skull clearly hacked off and the vegetation trampled in a circle around the heavy-duty wire snare, there was no escaping the fact that the animal had been poached. From that moment on I wanted to conserve and not research the animals of the rain forest.
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There is a chance to protect elephant, tiger and orangutan habitat in Sumatra, and the time is now. © naturepl.com/Anup Shah/WWF-Canon
Save 30 Hills
Every day on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, huge swaths of rain forest are cleared for timber and replaced with pulpwood, rubber and oil palm plantations. One special landscape, called 30 Hills, has survived the destruction. It is one of the last safe refuges for critically endangered Sumatran elephants, tigers and orangutans. But it is now under threat. We need your help to save 30 Hills. Please sign the petition on Change.org and share.
Carve a Wild Pumpkin This Year
Download our nine carving stencils for a festive pumpkin this Halloween. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced pumpkin carver, there's a pumpkin stencil for you! Don't forget to upload a photo of your carved pumpkin to our Facebook page, and we'll feature it in a special Halloween photo album!
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Explore the enchanted isles from sea level for unparalleled wildlife viewing. © Martin Sundberg/Explorer's Corner
Galapagos Hiking & Kayaking
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The Galapagos Islands is a must-do destination for any nature traveler, but few experience the "Enchanted Isles" in a wholly active way. With exclusive kayaking permits, you'll be at eye level with wildlife on the shoreline. Explore a new island every day, searching for wildlife such as giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies.
In a sprint, African wild dogs can reach speeds of more than 44 miles per hour. © Martin Harvey/WWF-Canon
African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus)
Basics: Found in the grasslands, savannas and open woodlands of Africa, wild dogs gather in packs of around 10 individuals, although packs may number more than 40. They are opportunistic and cooperative predators that hunt animals up to twice their size. Adults are about 30 inches tall and weigh 40 to 70 pounds.
Threats: The wild dog is one of the world's most endangered mammals. Major threats to its survival include accidental and targeted killings by humans, viral diseases like rabies and distemper, habitat loss, competition with larger predators like lions and conflict with humans.
Interesting Fact: African wild dogs are also known as painted dogs because of the colorful, splotchy pattern of their coat, which is unique to each individual.
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© WWF-Canon/Simon RawlesJoin Forces for Nature, the 2013 Fuller Symposium
On November 13, thought leaders from around the world will come together to discuss how local and indigenous communities can empower themselves by managing their own natural resources--and in turn become a global force for conservation. This one-day event will take place at the National Geographic Society's headquarters in Washington, DC. It is free and open to the public. Join us in person or via WWF's live online broadcast!
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From October 14 to 27, PlanetShoes.com and WWF will be participating in Patagonia Footwear Advocate Weeks, which encourages support of conservation organizations. For every pair of Patagonia shoes sold on PlanetShoes.com, WWF will receive a $10 donation toward our global conservation efforts. To learn more, please visitplanetshoes.com/patagonia.
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A gorilla pregnancy lasts 8.5 months. Typically, females give birth to one baby. Twins are rare. © naturepl.com/Andy Rouse/WWF-Canon
How often does an adult female gorilla give birth?
a. every two to three years
b. every four to six years
c. every seven to eight years
d. every nine to 11 years
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