Saving nature is at the very heart of what we do as WWF.
For nearly 60 years, we have made it our mission to find solutions that save the marvelous array of life on our planet by applying the best science available and working closely with local communities. Humans are behind the current rate of species extinction, which is at least 100–1,000 times higher than nature intended.
As a large predator, tigers play an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
Every time we protect a tiger, we protect around 25,000 acres of forest—forests that sustain wildlife and local communities and supply people around the world with clean air, water, food, and products.
We’ve seen an astonishing 60% decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in just over 40 years, according to WWF's Living Planet Report 2018.
And the impacts will reach far beyond the potential cultural loss of iconic species like tigers, rhinos and whales. WWF has been part of successful wildlife recovery stories ranging from southern Africa’s black rhino to black bucks in the Himalayas.Then, the formation of the Wildlife Board at the national level and enactment of Wildlife Act in 1972 laid the foundation of present day “wildlife conservation” era in post-independent India.Henceforth, the Act has been amended several times and the National Wildlife Advisory Board has undergone various changes.Take for instance, the restrictions by Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Development Projects, covering more than 30 sectors as far back in 1994, surprisingly omitting all railway projects from its ambit.The history of last 20 years bears testimony to the sad fact, in attempts of the so called “development lobby” to establish practices like “green blockade”.At home, we ensure the US enacts tight ivory commerce restrictions.Partnerships with technology companies help us develop innovative ways to combat wildlife crime using everything from drones to infrared cameras that can detect poachers in the dead of night.And this, in turn, is helping to protect rich and varied ecosystems while ensuring people continue to benefit from nature.This much is clear: we cannot afford to fail in our mission to save a living planet. We focus on protecting populations of some of the world’s most ecologically, economically, and culturally important species—the survival of which are threatened by poaching, illegal trade and habitat loss.We work across a variety of communities and customize our work based on the specific needs and interests of a given place, taking into consideration each region’s particular set of conservation assets and challenges.Illegal killing of elephants for ivory decimates global populations.