Tigers are the largest of all the Asian big cats. They rely primarily on sight and sound rather than smell for hunting and can consume up to 88 pounds of meat at one time. Did you know that a key ingredient in pesto also plays a major role in the survival of this iconic big cat? Pine nuts are a key food for deer and wild boar, the Amur tiger’s main prey. If we consume pine nuts faster than the trees can replenish, we’re taking away food from tigers' prey and, ultimately, tigers. Learn more by following the link in our bio.
@OurPlanet is a new @Netflix original documentary series from Silverback Films, in collaboration with WWF. It will be released in Spring 2019 and we’re excited to announce that Sir David Attenborough will be the voice of the series. Follow the link in our bio to learn more.
Did you know shrimp cocktails can impact sea turtles? Sea turtles are some of the most majestic, long-living animals in the ocean, yet hundreds of thousands of them are accidentally caught and die in fishing nets and other gear each year. Fortunately, a growing number of shrimp and other seafood fisheries are using better equipment to reduce the incidental catch of sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, and other animals. As consumers we can look for the @mscecolabel on seafood at the grocery store, and on restaurant menus. Follow the link in our bio to learn more about this connection.
The saiga antelope is critically endangered. It has a distinctive bulbous nose that is flexible and inflatable and hangs over its mouth, which helps it breathe through dusty summers. Unfortunately, in their habitat in Southwestern Russia, changes in weather and climate are causing small lakes and streams to dry up during summer months, putting the species’ survival at risk. To increase the availability of water for the saiga antelope, WWF is constructing wells in the Stepnoi wildlife refuge. Follow the link in our bio to learn about this and other projects helping at-risk species adapt to climate change.
Can you guess what’s pictured above? It’s a black and white take on the wrinkly skin of an Asian elephant. In real life, their skin ranges from dark gray to brown, with occasional patches of pink on the forehead, ears, base of the trunk, and chest. There are fewer than 50,000 Asian elephants left in the wild; their populations are decreasing because of habitat loss, increasingly isolated populations, and a rising number of human-elephant conflicts. WWF works alongside local communities, governments, nonprofits, and researchers to ensure elephants can continue to survive in the wild. Our latest edition of World Wildlife magazine explores the status of these giants among us. Follow the link in our bio to read more.
Everything we eat has some impact on planet Earth—and the animals with whom we share it. While the Ivory Coast has many national parks to protect western chimpanzees, forests are still being cleared illegally for cocoa production. And some of that cocoa may be making its way into the chocolate we enjoy. Follow the link in our bio to learn more about how food impacts wildlife, and find out what you can do to help.
The Living Planet Report 2018 presents a sobering picture of the impact human activity has on the world’s wildlife, forests, oceans, rivers, and climate. We’re facing a rapidly closing window for action and the urgent need for everyone—everyone—to collectively rethink and redefine how we value, protect, and restore nature. Follow the link in our bio to learn more now.
This is really bad news for wildlife: China has announced that it will allow hospitals to use tiger bone and rhino horn from captive-bred animals for traditional medicine. We’re urgently calling on China to maintain the 1993 ban on tiger bone and rhino horn trade and to extend it to cover trade in all tiger parts and products. Follow the link in our bio to learn more.
Did you miss the news? The Save Our Seas Act passed! We’re so thankful to the nearly 124,000 WWF activists who took action and helped make this win possible. Follow the link in our bio to learn more.
Bats and spiders, black cats and owls—can you imagine a spooky Halloween without them? Though they may give you goosebumps on the year’s most frightful night, these animals actually help keep our planet—and all who live here—healthy and safe. Take spiders, for instance. These eight-legged creatures get a bad rap because of their multiple sets of eyes and signature fangs. But contrary to the narrative of some horror flicks, these web spinners are a huge plus to have around. Found all around the world except in the coldest places, spiders serve as major predators of insects—including those that pester humans, transmit disease, or eat food crops. We know of more than 40,000 different species of spider, and likely still have thousands more to discover. WWF works to protect landscapes where these animals live and help both wildlife and people thrive. Follow the link in our bio to learn about more animals that might give you goosebumps in the night, but are helpful to our planet.