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In November, six tons of illegal elephant ivory tusks, trinkets and souvenirs were crushed to send a message that the US will not tolerate ivory trafficking and is committed to stopping wildlife crime. © Jamie Cotten/IFAW/WWF-US
15 WWF Success Stories of 2013
As 2013 comes to a close, WWF celebrates successes within the past 12 months and thanks supporters who made these wins possible. We've noted victories that have had a positive impact on communities and species worldwide in places as unique as Nepal, the Northern Great Plains and the Arctic. Experts at every level--from the field to the government--relied on scientific evidence and experience to push and plan for a sustainable future.
Looking Ahead to 2014 and Beyond:
Lasting Solutions to Save Wildlife
Conserving the Last Ocean Frontier
Along Mozambique's Coast, a New Sanctuary
The loss of sea ice habitat from climate change is the biggest threat to the survival of polar bears. © Kevin Schafer/WWF-Canon
International Leaders Make Commitments to Help Polar Bears
Thanks to the over 42,000 WWF supporters who spoke up for polar bears, arctic nations heard that polar bears are worth protecting. These messages of support for conservation were delivered at a high-level meeting on polar bears this month where impressive commitments for tackling threats to bears were made--including a commitment toward identifying important habitats and protected areas for polar bears. WWF welcomes these new promises and will continue our efforts to hold the arctic nations accountable and ensure progress is made.
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To make noodles "instant," manufacturers flash-fry them in palm oil. © iStock.com/emily2k
Use Your Noodle
For millions of people worldwide, grabbing a cup of instant noodles on the way out the door is a routine fact of life. But despite its convenience, the slippery snack has a heavy impact on the environment. How? Palm oil.
December Caption Contest
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Broad expanses of healthy grasslands are fundamental to the successful recovery of the many grassland species. © Days Edge Productions/WWF
America's Northern Great Plains Needs Your Voice
The Northern Great Plains is one of the last four intact grasslands in the world. It's a place WWF cares deeply about and one we've been working to protect for over a decade. Right now we have the opportunity to do something important for the species, communities and ecosystem in the Northern Great Plains--we can positively affect legislation that has a significant impact on the region. Congress needs to pass a responsible Farm Bill that stops using taxpayer-funded subsidies to plow up this globally important region. Tell congressional leaders you want a Farm Bill that includes strong conservation measures to protect wildlife and their habitat. Take action today. Your voice will make all the difference.
Elephants are the largest land mammal on earth and are incredibly important for the maintenance of the forest and savanna ecosystems. © Martin Harvey/WWF-Canon
Help Stop Illegal Ivory Trade in the US
More than 30,000 elephants were slaughtered last year for their tusks. Many of those tusks will end up in the US in the form of trinkets and carvings. We must do something to stop this. The US cannot tolerate ivory trafficking. We set a goal to get 75,000 WWF supporters to reach out to Congress and we need to you to make that happen. The more of us who stand together and tell Congress how we feel, the more likely we are to successfully protect wild elephants. Will you help us urge Congress to end illegal ivory trade? Take action today by sending our simple, quick message to Congress urging them to enact a moratorium on ivory trade in the United States.
New footage of baby panda and mother
Dolphin: The latest species in our
free iPad app, WWF Together
Amy Smith, a senior program officer with WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network, will join our June 2014 Great Amazon River Cruise as a guest lecturer. Photo courtesy of Amy Smith; Channel-billed toucan © Mark Hickey/NHA.
Join WWF Expert on Great Amazon River Cruise
WWF forestry expert Amy Smith will be a special guest lecturer aboard our Great Amazon River Voyage in June 2014. Learn from Amy's 15 years of experience working with indigenous communities--including those in the Peruvian Amazon--to improve tropical forestry management. Explore these protected forests along more than 600 miles of the Amazon and search for sloths, macaws and howler monkeys. The voyage runs June 20-28, 2014 aboard the newest ship in the Amazon, La Estrella Amazonica.
There are five subspecies of gray wolves in North America. Their coat colors can range from pure white to brown, gray, cinnamon or black. © Klein & Hubert/WWF
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
Status: Least Concern
Basics: Gray wolves travel in packs of four to seven, led by alphas--the mother and father wolves that track, hunt and choose dens for the pups or younger subordinate wolves. Wolves often mate for life. Wolf pups are born blind and deaf, and must be cared for until they mature at around 10 months.
Threats: Once the world's most widely distributed mammal, the gray wolf's range has been reduced by one-third. Wolves are commonly killed for revenge after they kill livestock or for fear of attacks on humans.
Interesting Fact: Social animals, gray wolves have a complex communication system that involves body language, barking, growling, “dancing,” howling and scent marking.
Are You Similar to a Wolf? Take our new and improved Find Your Inner Animal quiz to find out.
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Experience the South Pacific
WWF is the conservation partner for the upcoming IMAX® documentary "Journey to the South Pacific,” by MacGillivray Freeman Films, coming soon to select IMAX & IMAX 3D theatres. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, the film is set in the tropical islands of the Coral Triangle, where WWF works to ensure that diverse marine habitats remain vibrant and healthy.
Arctic Home Kicks Off Third Year
In 2011, WWF and Coca-Cola launchedArctic Home--a campaign to raise awareness and funds to help protect the polar bear. Your donations have been matched by Coca-Cola for a total of over $3 million to date, supporting WWF's work in the Arctic. Coca-Cola is once again matching $1 million in donations through February 15, 2014. Visit ArcticHome.com to learn more and donate.
DO YOU KNOW?
Plant-based plastics, if responsibly and efficiently produced from renewable resources, can provide more viable solutions than fossil-based resources.
WWF, together with eight of the world's leading consumer brands, is helping build a more sustainable future for the bioplastics industry. Which of the following is made from plant-based plastic?
a. Soda bottles
b. Yogurt containers
c. Vehicle seat cushions
d. All of the above
Click on one of the answers above to see if you know.
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