PICTURED: Farmer Tumisi ‘Shorty’ Tlale demonstrates banging his drum to scare off elephants that often raid his crops at night. Even though elephants are naturally fearful of humans, ripening crops that fringe the road between these two worlds are hard to resist. Some fields are even in the corridors most frequently traveled by elephants. Others, like Tlale’s field, are adjacent to them. WWF helps train wildlife managers and local communities to use modern methods and tools to reduce human-elephant conflict. We help communities protect their crops by monitoring elephants to provide early warning systems, erecting fences where required, and educating communities to reduce conflict through behavior change. Our long-term goal is to put in place proper land use planning that gives elephants space for seasonal movements, combined with fences to protect crops and infrastructure.
In 2009, available data showed the world’s wild tiger population had dipped to as few as 3,200 individuals – an estimated 95% decline from a century before. This was largely due to rampant poaching and habitat destruction. In 2010, 13 Asian countries set out to achieve an unprecedented goal: to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022. Now 10 years later, Nepal has nearly doubled its wild tiger numbers and others are making progress. #10YearChallenge
Unprecedented heat waves, coral bleaching, and more frequent and extreme storms: the impacts of climate change are all around us. By reducing emissions and helping communities prepare, we can prevent the worst impacts. Click the link in our bio to find out what’s at stake if we don’t take action to fight climate change.
Photography is a powerful tool for showing the beauty and value of nature. It can give us a glimpse into parts of the world we may never get the chance to visit. Check out some of WWF’s favorite images from 2018. Follow the link in our bio for the stories behind these captivating photographs.
In today’s warming world, animals that once depended on sea ice for survival are now turning to land for stability and security. In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, polar bears are more frequently choosing to build their maternity dens on land rather than sea ice. Unfortunately, that land is under threat. In 2017, Congress approved opening parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to allow for oil and gas drilling. The first step of that process includes seismic testing along the coastal plain to help determine the location of oil and gas deposits. If denning polar bears are disturbed, mother bears may escape the den prematurely with their cubs, exposing them to the extreme elements and risking their survival. WWF is calling for the permanent protection of the Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain, and we need your help. Follow the link in our bio to take action now.
Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, with more bird, amphibian, butterfly, and frog species than anywhere else. Corals, like the ones found in Tayrona National Park in Colombia, are kept healthy and colorful by algae. But rising ocean temperatures threaten these coral reefs by driving out their symbiotic algae, causing the corals to bleach and starve. Through the Heritage Colombia initiative, led by the Government of Colombia and supported by WWF, the habitat for these types of corals (as well as other species) will be permanently protected.
Sumatran rhinos are the smallest of the living rhino species and the only Asian rhino with two horns. They are covered with long hair and are more closely related to extinct woolly rhinos than any of the other rhino species alive today. Today, there are fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos in the wild. The Government of Indonesia and an alliance of conservation organizations and on-the-ground experts have launched an international effort to bring the Sumatran rhino back from the brink of extinction. Learn more by following the link in our bio.
Sharks are in all the world’s oceans. There are more than 400 different species of sharks and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. But did you know that shark attacks are extremely rare? In fact, there were only six shark-related human deaths in 2018 compared to tens of millions of sharks killed annually by people.
How cool is this? MERMAID is an innovative web-based tool that marine scientists everywhere can use, free of charge, to record coral reef data both online in the office and offline on the boat. It speeds up the collection of valuable data and allows scientists to share new information sooner. There is still hope for the future of coral reefs, and technologies like @datamermaid can help us keep pace with a changing world. Follow the link in our bio to learn more.
So far, @JaredLeto's Facebook Fundraiser has raised $16,270 to help support our critical conservation work! Thank you to all who have joined in and donated! Let's keep the momentum going! Follow the link in our bio to donate today!
The Amazon contains millions of species, most of them still undescribed, and some of the world's most unusual wildlife. It is one of Earth's last refuges for jaguars, harpy eagles and pink dolphins, and home to thousands of birds and butterflies.