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Polar bears depend on sea ice as a platform from which to hunt seals, rest and breed. © Martin Harvey/WWF-Canon
Polar Bears Waiting at the Edge
Near Churchill, on the edge of Canada's Hudson Bay, large numbers of polar bears are gathering right now, waiting for the ice to form. You can see mother bears snuggling with cubs, young males wrestling with each other, and large solitary bears ambling across the tundra. This polar bear spectacle is part of their annual migration back out onto the sea ice, where they can finally hunt seals again after summer's long fast. Unfortunately, in recent years this group of bears has been facing longer ice-free seasons. Many now suffer from malnutrition and others--especially females with cubs--face starvation. So, in December a group of people will gather in Russia to talk about the future of these bears and the global population as a whole.
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Behind every piece of ivory is a dead elephant. © WWF/CeCe Sieffert
Six Tons of Illegal Ivory Destroyed
Last year, wildlife criminals ruthlessly slaughtered over 30,000 elephants for their tusks. Yesterday, WWF was present at a historic event where the US crushed six tons of ivory tusks, trinkets and souvenirs--all of it seized on American soil. Disturbingly, this is just a fraction of the illegal ivory that continues to be bought, sold and traded in the US. As the poaching crisis takes an increasing toll on wild elephants, WWF is calling on the US government to crack down on wildlife crime and enact a national moratorium on ivory sales.
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Broad expanses of healthy grasslands are fundamental to the successful recovery of the many grassland species. © Days Edge Productions/WWF
Tell Congress to Keep Conservation in the Farm Bill
US Activists: Right now, members of Congress are putting together the final details of the 2013 Farm Bill, and the stakes for conservation are high. In addition to ensuring that America's farmers are able to provide food to hundreds of millions of Americans and many others around the world, the Farm Bill plays a critical role in conserving America's grasslands, protecting native species, and preserving a rural way of life. Tell congressional leaders you want a 2013 Farm Bill that includes strong conservation measures that protect wildlife and their habitat. Take action today. Your voice will make all the difference.
Home to critically endangered mountain gorillas, Virunga National Park in Africa is under threat from possible oil exploration. © naturepl.com/Andy Rouse/WWF-Canon
Keep Oil Exploration Out of Virunga
Africa's oldest national park needs your help. Virunga National Park is one of the world's most pristine natural habitats. Situated along the equator on the western edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the park is rich in plant and animal diversity and is home to 200 critically endangered mountain gorillas. Despite this, British oil company Soco International PLC plans to explore for oil inside the park. Oil development in the park would threaten local communities that rely on the park's natural resources and jeopardize the region's potential for long-term income from sustainable development. Take action today to keep this extraordinary park free from destruction.
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Bryn Baker from WWF's Washington, DC, headquarters, will join the voyage Polar Bear Quest: Iceland to Norway. Photo courtesy of Bryn Baker; polar bear © Steve Morello/WWF-Canon.
Join WWF expert aboard Iceland & Norway Voyage
Renewable energy expert Bryn Baker will be a special guest lecturer aboard our June 2014 expedition Polar Bear Quest: Iceland to Norway. The voyage runs June 24 to July 13, 2014, aboard the 100-person Island Sky. See dramatic landscapes and look for polar bears, walruses and seabird colonies during this educational expedition. You'll also learn more about the habitat of polar bears and about WWF's work bolstering the use of nonpolluting energy sources that may help protect Arctic environments.
Southern white rhinos, once thought to be extinct, now thrive in protected sanctuaries. The northern subspecies is believed to be extinct in the wild. © naturepl.com/Mark Carwardine/WWF-Canon
White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)
Status: Near Threatened
Basics: Weighing up to 8,000 pounds, the white rhinoceros is the largest and most populous of the world's five rhino species. There are about 20,000 white rhinos living in protected areas and private game reserves in Africa, which is also home to the critically endangered black rhino.
Threats: One of the greatest threats to rhinos is poaching for their horns. South Africa, home to most white rhinos, is experiencing record-high poaching--more than 800 rhinos have been killed there this year. Read about one warden's efforts to prevent rhino poaching in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Interesting Fact: The white rhino's name comes from the Afrikaans word "weit," which means "wide" and refers to the animal's muzzle. The species is also known as the square-lipped rhinoceros.
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DO YOU KNOW?
This recently discovered gecko species avoids being seen by predators by escaping between rocks. © Philippe Kok
More than 400 species were recently discovered in the Amazon. Which of these was not found?
a. a purring monkey
b. a vegetarian piranha
c. a thumbnail-size frog
d. a whistling cat
Click on one of the answers above to see if you know.
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