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4th September 2015
There are warnings tomorrow’s International Vulture Awareness Day [Saturday 5 September] could be one of the last the birds see in Europe. A number of conservation organisations (BirdLife International, Vulture Conservation Foundation, Wildlif Read more »
Research into blue whale ship strikes off Sri Lanka offers solution to deadly th
12th August 2015
Research into blue whale distribution around one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and fatal collisions with ships has led scientists to offer a simple solution to the deadly threat. Heavy ship traffic crossing the Indian Ocean passes close Read more »
Celebrating Elephants 12th August – World Elephant Day 2015
6th August 2015
On the occasion of World Elephant Day, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is celebrating the elephant; a fascinating, intelligent animal and keystone species critical for maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. At the same time IFAW puts the Read more »
Cecil the lion killed in Zimbabwe
31st July 2015
Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement in response to the introduction of the CECIL Animal Trophies Act: “IFAW applauds the swift actions taken today by U Read more »
28th July 2015
Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement in response to the death of Cecil the Lion, who was illegally killed for sport in Zimbabwe: “We are extremely sa Read more »
22nd July 2015
South African Airways has back pedaled on its three month old ban on the transportation of rhino, elephant, lion and tiger hunting trophies, quietly announcing on a “need to know” basis that they were back in business to handle the gory c Read more »
6th July 2015
Months after they were captured from the wild for sale to zoos in China, a group of elephant calves were exported from Zimbabwe on Saturday.  The elephants were airlifted from Harare and have been sent to the Chimelong Wildlife Safari Park in Gu Read more »
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales meeting the CEO and President of IFAW, Az
1st July 2015
A new alliance of conservation organisations has been launched to stem the crisis facing the world’s remaining Asian elephants – thought to number only 35,000 – 45,000. Habitat loss, along with ivory poaching, has devastated the pop Read more »
29th June 2015
Iceland’s fin whaling season has begun with the first whaling boats heading out to sea overnight to train their harpoons on the second largest species of whale. Iceland’s lone whaling crusader, Kristjan Loftsson, usually begins fin whalin Read more »
3rd March 2016 Azzedine Downes
On World Wildlife Day, I am proud to announce an extraordinary group of 34 young people, ages 18-25, from around the world Read more »
This decision is a great victory in the fight against wildlife crime
26th February 2016 Satyen Sinha
The European Commission and Dutch Presidency of the European Union today launched an intergovernmental European Action Plan Read more »
Badgers face threats across all of Europe. Eurobadger, the federation of badger
26th January 2016 Jordi Casamitjana
Are we in the UK alone in this? Is the unnecessary killing of badgers and their unjustifiable persecution something only Read more »
The author and Staci McLennan, IFAW’s EU Political Officer, Wildlife Programmes,
21st January 2016 Jeffrey Flocken
Last week, IFAW participated in the 66th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Read more »
Climate change is destroying the coral reefs and forests that harbor so much of
15th December 2015 Satyen Sinha
IFAW’s delegation has just returned from Paris where ecosystem integrity and climate resilience was successfully Read more »
The author on stage with IFAW honorary board member Jane Goodall at the Cite de
10th December 2015 Azzedine Downes
When we talk about climate change, we use terms like “mitigation”, “differentiation”, and “ Read more »
IFAW has long believed that ecological sustainability is vital for the wellbeing
4th December 2015 Satyen Sinha
The European Commission commitment to raise 5 billion Euros to fund a Study on Sub-Saharan African Wildlife Conservation is Read more »
29th October 2015 Kate Nattrass Atema
This blog is the second in a series chronicling the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s transport of dogs from a Read more »
European countries should forge ahead and take whatever steps necessary to insti
19th October 2015 Satyen Sinha
China has announced a one-year ban on the import of African elephant ivory acquired as hunting trophies. The embargo begins Read more »
25th February 2014
A month ago in Western Africa we began our jumbo mission to take four elephants which were in conflict with the rural Watch Video »
14th February 2014
Watch the BBC interview with IFAW’s Tania McCrea-Steele talking about illegal wildlife trade and our work to reduce Watch Video »
10th January 2014
The video above outlines just a few of the enormous challenges the IFAW team will face moving this population of elephants Watch Video »
21st November 2013
In this short video above, International Fund for Animal Welfare CEO Azzedine Downes speaks to gathered press, VIPs and Watch Video »
22nd November 2013
In case you missed it, be sure to WATCH: EU voices united in support of the seal ban – "Taking action Watch Video »
21st November 2013
In case you missed it, be sure to WATCH: EU voices united in support of the seal product ban – "An inhumane Watch Video »
20th November 2013
Thanks to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) supporters, year after year we have been able to take media and Watch Video »
19th November 2013
Together with the United Nations Development Program a small IFAW team embarked on an exciting new journey in Bosnia helping Watch Video »
18th November 2013
True Blood actress Kristin Bauer van Straten joined IFAW to witness the destruction of US Fish and Wildlife’s ivory Watch Video »
2014 IFAW The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling against Japan’s whalin
by rbartlett
The implications of The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling against Japan’s whaling continue to be felt around Read more »
2014 IFAW Reducing risk of collisions with whales
by rbartlett
This leaflet, created in cooperation with the Belgian federal government, contains 5 steps to help maritime vessels avoid col Read more »
IFAW Submission: European Commission Communication on the EU Approach against Wi
by rbartlett
IFAW regularly contributes to the EU consultative process. Using our extensive experience and the knowledge of our offices fr Read more »
Amboseli Project - IFAW picture book 2014
by rbartlett
T he Amboseli National Park’s small size of 392 kilometres squared cannot support the ecological needs of its 1,400 ele Read more »
Wanted: Dead or Alive - Exposing the Online Wildlife Trade
by rbartlett
Wanted – Dead or Alive, Exposing Online Wildlife Trade reveals that, in early 2014, an intense six-week investigation f Read more »
Wanted: Dead or Alive - Exposing the Online Wildlife Trade
by rbartlett
Wanted – Dead or Alive, Exposing Online Wildlife Trade reveals that, in early 2014, an intense six-week investigation f Read more »
Protecting Whales
by adintino
From pollution to climate change to whaling, these magnificent creatures face more threats than ever. Read more »
IWC-65 Main Outcomes
by rbartlett
The 65th International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting has come to a close. While there were some very big decisions taken f Read more »
Combating Elephant Poaching and the Ivory Trade
by adintino
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is working with governments, customs officers and security personnel to prot Read more »
CITES Pangolin Fact Sheet
24th August 2016 by sgjohnson
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) seeks to ensure that Read more »
The trade of African grey parrots for pets, and the fragmentation of their habit
23rd August 2016 by Kelvin Alie
While some may think of the Africa grey parrot as nothing more than a common house pet—very talkative in nature and Read more »
Silky shark declines are primarily due to overexploitation by fisheries supplyin
18th August 2016 by Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed
For centuries, 1,150 species of Elasmobranchs (510 sharks and 650 rays) have been utilized for their flesh, oil, and skin. Read more »
Cindy Milburn, IFAW Director of Outreach and Policy Development, and University
17th August 2016 by Philip Mansbridge
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) signed a brand new Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Read more »
Huntwatch follows our founding campaign to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt.
17th August 2016 by Erica Martin
This year the Discovery Channel began airing a series of trailblazing documentaries on humanity’s impact on the Read more »
Almost four months following the ivory ban declaration, a decree has come.
17th August 2016 by Mia Crnojevic
In Kenya, on April 30, 2016, while President Uhuru Kenyatta was having 105 metric tons of illegal ivory burnt, the French Read more »
IFAW Statement on the Killing of a Giraffe & Zebra  by 12-Year Old Trophy Hunter
17th August 2016 by adintino
Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following Read more »
Rhino Horn and Ivory Trade Ban: France is almost exemplary
17th August 2016 by svandereyd
Although her speech in Nairobi heralded a total  ivory trade ban in France, a more toned down version has just been Read more »
This small primate was listed in CITES Appendix II in 1975, but needs more prote
16th August 2016 by Rikkert Reijnen
The Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) is the only macaque species found outside of Asia and the only primate species found Read more »

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In the news

Azzedine Downes and Mark Hofberg discuss wildlife protection measures at CITES in The Guardian: Wildlife trade summit is a 'do or die' moment for endangered animals  read more.

Bloomberg picks up tenBoma with Faye Cuevas: Sniffer Dogs, U.S. Army Software Help Kenya Curb Poaching  –  read more.

IFAW’s documentary Huntwatch earns an LA Times review: Seal hunting is the target of the unflinching documentary Huntwatch –  read more.

Jeffrey Flocken in Washington Post on CITES elephant decisions: The world just agreed to the strongest protections ever for endangered  –  read more.

Boston Globe talks with Katie Moore about our exciting rescue: The Cape Cod manatee is pregnant  –  read more.


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