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Elephants, rhinos, deer, and many other iconic species are inevitably affected b
1st July 2015 Subhamoy Bhattacharjee
With the threat of floods looming large, the IFAW-WTI team based out of  the Wildlife Rescue Center in the outskirts of Read more »
Humans poach more pangolins than rhinos, elephants, and tigers combined, and, li
30th June 2015 Peter LaFontaine
Take your average hedgehog, expand it to the size of a beach ball, then plate it in armored scales, give it a long, sticky Read more »
Saiga run the risk of getting trapped in a raging and deadly burn.
A dry, unbearable heat has arrived on the steppe, making the ground hard and turning green grass a lifeless yellow. What Read more »
Ganga defied the laws of nature and gave birth in a span of 26 months.
29th June 2015 Rupa Gandhi Chaudhary
    It’s a boy! IFAW-WTI’s effort to repopulate Manas National Park in Assam is paying rich Read more »
Peter Pueschel, Czech Republic rhino horn burn, September 2014.
29th June 2015 Azzedine Downes
Thoughtful. Kind. Generous. Positive. Tough. Fearless. These are but a few descriptions of Peter Pueschel that poured in Read more »
In total, 16 bears are calling IFAW’s Orphan Bear Rescue Center in Russia home until their release in the fall. Meet Read more »
25th June 2015 Christina Pretorius
Nothing beats seeing an African penguin take to the waves after weeks of care following an oiling incident. All the work to Read more »
IFAW strongly believes that whales should be celebrated, not slaughtered.
25th June 2015 Matt Collis
Today is National Whale Day, a day normally reserved to celebrate the arrival of the many whales that migrate to our Read more »
Watch Regional director Grace Ge Gabriel on CNN’s  On China.
24th June 2015 Azzedine Downes
When it comes to spreading awareness about global wildlife trade trends and successful demand reduction campaigns on ivory Read more »
  A video update from Geneva, Switzerland on Canada's WTO challenge to the EU seal import ban by IFAW's EU Watch Video »
15th March 2013
In order to support the Congolese authorities in their efforts to reinforce the protection of the forest elephants that Watch Video »
19th March 2013
Take a moment to watch this video on the recent elephant collaring in Amboseli and learn more of IFAW’s partnership Watch Video »
14th March 2013
In the video above, IFAW CEO Azzedine Downes offers some thoughts from the floor of the CITES CoP 16 meeting in Bangkok, Watch Video »
8th March 2013
Last week I shared a video overview from the first seal ban hearing at World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Watch Video »
6th March 2013
In this video International Fund for Animal Welfare Director for International Agreements, Peter Pueschel Watch Video »
5th March 2013
Warning: video contains graphic images of sealing activity. The first set of hearings on the WTO challenge concerning the Watch Video »
5th March 2013
In this brief video, the International Fund for Animal Welfare's North America Regional Director, Jeff Flocken, takes Watch Video »
4th March 2013
The International Fund for Animal Welfare's Peter Pueschel gives us an update from the floor of CITES CoP 16. Watch Video »
Hong Kong Burns First Tranche of Ivory Stockpiles
15th May 2014
Today (15 May 2014) Hong Kong will destroy the first tranche of its 30 tonne stockpile of illegal ivory, with the rest to go up in smoke within the next two years. The ivory will be incinerated at the Chemical Waste Treatment Center in Tsing Yi. Read more »
9th May 2014
Nicknamed Richardson Jane, a local koala bushfire victim has been released back into the bush having been successfully rehabilitated by local carers and animal welfare charity,  International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).   Richardson Jan Read more »
1st May 2014
(Sydney – 1 May 2014) - IFAW is disappointed by today’s ruling by a Parramatta court not to hand down a jail sentence to John Kolettas a Sydney teacher who was found with Australia’s largest ever haul of endangered wildlife parts. T Read more »
Jane Goodall, Leonardo DiCaprio and Dave Matthews Join Businesses and Conservati
29th April 2014
An open letter to President Obama published today in the Washington Post expresses support for the Administration’s proposed new rules to halt domestic ivory sales.  Signatories on the letter include high-profile individuals, including Leo Read more »
IFAW Condemns Demand to Reopen Whitecoat Hunt
25th April 2014
Seal hunters from the Magdalen Islands, Quebec, are asking that the nearly 30-year old ban on the commercial hunting of whitecoat harp seals (nursing pups) be lifted. According to a report published April 20th in the Montréal newspaper Le Sole Read more »
Securing corridors for elephants and mitigating human elephant conflict
23rd April 2014
Scientists today fitted satellite tracking collars on two male elephants in the Amboseli ecosystem, Kenya. Information transmitted from the collars will make it possible to map out their wanderings in search of food and water, assisting wildlife mana Read more »
IFAW: Commercial Seal Hunt Opens, Continues to Require Government Support
14th April 2014
After over 30 years of trying to revive the commercial seal hunt, and over $50 million in government support, the hunt will proceed again in 2014 despite the lack of markets. 
 “This hunt has been on life support for 20 years. It will never com Read more »
Arrival of hand-reared elephant calves to contribute to national park’s resurgen
11th April 2014
Four orphaned Asian elephant calves were moved to Manas National Park this week by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in association with the Assam Forest Department. The elephants will be gradually rei Read more »
Belgium Crushes 1.5 Tonnes of Ivory in Dramatic Bid to Save Elephants
9th April 2014
This morning the Belgian government, in conjunction with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (, destroyed its stockpile of seized ivory weighing more than 1.5 tonnes. “The Belgian government is putting wildlife traffickers on Read more »
Fighting to Protect Dogs and Cats in China
by adintino
Owning a pet has only become popular in China in the past decade or so. But there is little understanding of how to look afte Read more »
Delivering Essential Veterinary Care to Dogs and Cats in Need
by adintino
IFAW helps dogs and cats in very poor communities around the world. Working in towns and villages, by invitation of community Read more »
Creating an Urgently Needed Humane Animal Shelter in Moscow
by adintino
Since 2000 IFAW has been working with the Tess mobile veterinary clinic to provide surgery and medical help for thousands of Read more »
Protecting Elephants and Their Habitats
by adintino
IFAW believes elephants should live in safe and secure habitats. We are working to eliminate the ivory trade, to secure prote Read more »
Rescuing Animals in Crisis
by adintino
At IFAW we believe that when tragedy strikes, we have a duty to step in and alleviate animal suffering. We rescue individual Read more »
Ending Canada’s Commercial Seal Hunt
by adintino
Our first campaign, in 1969, was in protest of the Canadian seal hunt. By the 1980s, our work, and the outrage of millions of Read more »
Saving Lions from Trophy Hunting
by adintino
Lions are in peril as never before due to growing human populations and corresponding habitat loss, loss of prey species, hum Read more »
Helping Dogs and Cats in North American Native Communities
by adintino
In the Navajo Nation, a vast Native American homeland in the south-western United States, poverty and hardship mean that owne Read more »
Working for a Better World for Pets and Owners
by adintino
For people on the breadline in Germany, it can be hard looking after a beloved pet. Owners struggle to afford food for themse Read more »
The keeping of wild animals in captivity for the primary purpose of entertainmen
31st July 2015 by Jordi Casamitjana
Recently the Parliament of Catalonia (Spain) voted to ban the use of all wild animals in circuses by a massive majority of Read more »
Nearly three years after surgery we knew Suni the elephant would never be able t
31st July 2015 by Sarah Davies
It is with a heavy heart that Game Rangers International has to report that Suni, the orphaned elephant who was brutally Read more »
Cecil’s demise has been the topic of hundreds of news stories globally
31st July 2015 by Jeffrey Flocken
The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has sparked worldwide outrage. Celebrities, public figures, and throngs of Read more »
Cecil the lion killed in Zimbabwe
31st July 2015 by smoos
Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following Read more »
The domestic violence project finds animals a loving home and the peaceful envir
30th July 2015 by Rianne Haaijema
Blijf van mijn Dier is a new domestic violence and animal abuse project that has been offering animal abuse Read more »
For the last two and a half decades, Peter Pueschel has led IFAW’s efforts to st
29th July 2015 by Vivek Menon
International Tiger Day is upon us once again. In the normal course of affairs, International Fund for Animal Welfare Read more »
Today is International Tiger Day
International Tiger Day, also known as the Global Tiger Day, was established five years ago at the Tiger Summit in St. Read more »
28th July 2015 by Jeffrey Flocken
Jeff Flocken comments on CNN on the trophy hunt that led to the killing of Cecil the lion.   Earlier this month, Read more »
28th July 2015 by smoos
Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following Read more »

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Michael Booth and Brant Backlund on How to Move a Two-Ton Elephant to Safety –  read more.

Philip Mansbridge, UK director  in The Guardian: “Trail hunting is being used as a ruse to allow illegal hunts to continue.”  –  read more.

Tania McCrea-Steele, Campaigns and Enforcement Manager for IFAW UK on  “The ivory ban is working well on eBay sites”- read more.

Peter LaFontaine, Campaigns Officer, Washington, DC office on PBS NewsHour Rundown: “The International Fund for Animal Welfare released a study last month that surveyed Craigslist sites for 28 cities.”- read more.


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