Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2016 | Stories


For the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers are growing
After a century of constant decline, the number of wild tigers is on the rise. Around 3,890 tigers now exist in the wild, according to data released in April. That’s up from an estimated 3,200 reported in 2010. WWF works with governments, law enforcement, and local communities to advocate zero tolerance for tiger poaching across Asia, and uses the latest technology to protect and connect fragile tiger habitat.

A massive win for the world’s most trafficked mammal
All legal trade of pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammals, ended thanks to an international agreement to further protect the critically endangered species from extinction. Countries decided to strengthen existing protections at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a global agreement between governments to follow rules to monitor, regulate, or ban international trade in species under threat.

New US ivory regulations mark a victory in the fight to save elephants
Setting an example for the world in the fight to save elephants, the United States finalized new regulations that will help shut down commercial elephant ivory trade within its borders and stop wildlife crime overseas. The change in US elephant ivory policy shifts the burden to the seller to prove that a piece of ivory is legal—a significant advancement in enforcement efforts. It also ensures US consumers are not unknowingly complicit in the slaughter of elephants. China and the US are two of the world’s biggest consumer markets for wildlife products. The historic decision by both nations to phase out commercial elephant ivory trade is a monumental win for elephants.

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