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100,000 people sign record-breaking petition against whale meat consumption in I
31 August 2016
A petition signed by tourists and locals pledging not to eat whale meat in Iceland and calling on the country’s government to end the cruel practice of whaling has beaten all previous records and now passed 100,000 signatures. It was started by Read more »
Motion to Protect Pangolins Passess IUCN World Conservation Congress
31 August 2016
The world’s most heavily trafficked mammal finds wave of support among world conservation leaders at IUCN World Conservation Congress, the world’s largest gathering of conservation leaders. IUCN has passed a motion outlining a path to bro Read more »
IFAW Statement on the Killing of a Giraffe & Zebra  by 12-Year Old Trophy Hunter
17 August 2016
Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement in response to the killing of a giraffe and zebra in South Africa by a 12-year old American trophy hunter: “It Read more »
Rhino Horn and Ivory Trade Ban: France is almost exemplary
17 August 2016
Although her speech in Nairobi heralded a total  ivory trade ban in France, a more toned down version has just been published in the decree issued jointly by Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy, and Marine Affairs, Read more »
Tech Industry Leaders Join Forces against Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Online
12 August 2016
On World Elephant Day, leading e-commerce and social media companies are implementing critical steps to stop the sale of illegal wildlife products online across the globe.     Today, seven companies, including eBay, Etsy, Gumtree, Micr Read more »
Calls for suspension of industrial activity which threatens critically endangere
19 July 2016
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and other groups have called for a temporary suspension of activities by an oil and gas company which they fear are causing disturbance to critically endangered whales in Russia’s Far East. Accor Read more »
Combating Wildlife Crime in Ethiopia
11 July 2016
A training workshop to increase the expertise of law enforcement officers from customs, federal police, airport police and, Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) as CITES management authorities based at Bole International Airport, to comba Read more »
The European Union adopted an Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking
20 June 2016
Earlier today, EU Ministers of the Environment unanimously endorsed the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking published by the European Commission last February. The European Union now has the much-needed frame to coordinate a strategic approac Read more »
IFAW together with more than 36,700 citizens urge the EU Environment Ministers t
16 June 2016
On Monday 20th June 2016, EU Ministers of the Environment will be given the opportunity to create momentum for wildlife as they will be asked to endorse the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking published by the European Commission last Februar Read more »
Shot in face by poachers, new cub joins three orphans recovering at Russia centr
21 March 2017 Ekaterina Blidchenko
Two months ago, a tiger cub was admitted to the International Fund for Animal Welfare-supported PRNCO Tiger Centre with a Read more »
Raptors, like this falcon rehabilitated at the IFAW raptor rescue center in Beij
17 March 2017 Aurore Morin
 A criminal network trafficking thousands of endangered birds has been dismantled in France and Belgium. Following a Read more »
Nine things you may not know about dolphin strandings
15 March 2017 Kerry Branon
On the occasion of dolphin awareness month, we would like to share a few facts about these charismatic cetaceans. Dolphins Read more »
Testing of elephant collars involves moving the collars around.
14 March 2017 Lisa Olivier
To ensure the proper operation of the satellite collars that will be fitted on a couple of the rehabilitated elephants of Read more »
A fin whale spouting at the surface.
9 March 2017 Sharon Livermore
Encouraging news has reached us overnight from Iceland that the country’s lone fin whaler and fisheries magnate, Read more »
Switzerland bans seal products
9 March 2017 Sheryl Fink
IFAW is celebrating  another victory for seals this week,  as Switzerland became the 35th country to ban seal Read more »
Shocking: A rhino falls victim to poaching in the very heart of France
7 March 2017 Aurore Morin
The Thiory Zoo, 60km from Paris, made a gruesome discovery this morning upon finding one of its three white rhinos killed by Read more »
Satao 2 was a tusker with extremely long tusks like this elephant in Tsavo Natio
7 March 2017 Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Our tenBoma counter-poaching initiative partner, Tsavo Trust, which operates the Big Tusker Project, confirmed for us the Read more »
2 March 2017 Azzedine Downes
This World Wildlife Day, which this year has the theme of #ListentoYoungVoices, I want to encourage everyone to # Read more »
13 November 2013
After speaking with ministerial level representatives from around the world at the INTERPOL - UNEP International Watch Video »
8 October 2013
More than 500 South African school children attended Jungle Theatre Company performances. In the video above, the author Watch Video »
17 September 2013
In the video above, IFAW CEO Azzedine Downes discusses why the opening of the Chikolongo Community Fish Farm is Watch Video »
5 September 2013
In this three part series, we follow the International Fund for Animal Welfare's purpose built research vessel, the Watch Video »
29 July 2013
Watch "Night of the Whale - part II" above, documenting research conducted in 2012 near Stellwagen Bank off Watch Video »
This companion film is an excellent introduction to the content, concepts and issues presented in the "Cats, Dogs, and Watch Video »
29 July 2013
Animals do not own passports. They do not know which nation they belong to, and for them country borders are meaningless. A Watch Video »
23 July 2013
Earlier this year, the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) team deployed to the Republic of Congo as part Watch Video »
19 July 2013
On Wednesday, July 17th, we held a ceremony in one of the most spectacular places on earth, watched over by Mount Watch Video »
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 »
Bidding against survival: The Elephant Poaching Crisis and the Role of Auctions
by jjones
The Elephant Poaching Crisis and the Role of Auctions in the U.S. Ivory Market African elephants are facing the biggest crisi Read more »
UNEA Illegal trade in wildlife draft resolution 2014
by rbartlett
A draft resolution by the UNEA concerning the crisis of illegal trade in wildlife. Read more »
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling against Japan’s whaling: implica
by rbartlett
As the global intergovernmental body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling, the IWC adopted a Read more »
The Commercial Seal Hunt in Canada: Frequently Asked Questions
by rbartlett
IFAW's collection of FAQs about the commercial seal hunt in Canada. Read more »
Southern Right Whale Fact Sheet
by rbartlett
Southern right whales are one of the most commonly seen whales in Australian waters. Their name arises from the unfortunate f Read more »
Sperm Whale Fact Sheet
by rbartlett
These sociable and deep-diving whales get their name from a peculiar organ inside their giant heads, the spermaceti organ, wh Read more »
Blue Whale Fact Sheet
by rbartlett
The largest animal in the world was once brought shockingly close to extinction by relentless whaling. There used to be over Read more »
New campaign by IFAW partner Seas at Risk
12 October 2017 by Eleonora Panella
#EmojiOcean: Share your ocean emotion in support of healthy seas In June this year, IFAW became a member of the Brussels- Read more »
IFAW supporters visit BRRC
11 October 2017 by Laurie Wilson
IFAW supporters Adrien & Gary Amadeo were traveling to China for humanitarian reasons – their own project to help Read more »
Rescued elephant calf recovering at CWRC
10 October 2017 by Rupa Gandhi Chaudhary
Wildlife Week, celebrated the first week of October in India, marked the milestone of 5,000 animals handled by the IFAW-WTI Read more »
uk moves forward on a total ivory ban
6 October 2017 by David Cowdrey
Hearing today that the UK government is launching a consultation to ban ivory is brilliant news. IFAW and our peers Read more »
ifaw and celebrities joely fisher dereck beverly joubert attend jackson hole
5 October 2017 by Kelvin Alie
We're coming off an inspiring week among peers and experts who are putting their skills to work in telling the story of Read more »
wild bull mated with orphan elephant matriarch in zambia
3 October 2017 by Lisa Olivier
The matriarch, Chamilandu, of a release herd in Kafue National Park, reached an important stage of her rehabilitation on Read more »
IFAW's Youth Forum delegates in South Africa
29 September 2017 by Imogen Scott
The following blog was submitted by Youth Forum for People and Wildlife delegate Josephine Crouch - IS “You know, Read more »
The author with orphaned elephants in Zambia
28 September 2017 by Lisa Olivier
The following blog was submitted by Kafue Release Facility research volunteer Lina Schaefer. - LO When I first arrived at Read more »
rhinos in Solio Game Reserve
22 September 2017 by Christina Pretorius
Dr. Joseph Okori, originator of World Rhino Day, joined IFAW earlier this year to lead our landscape conservation programme Read more »

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