Beluga whales are known as the canaries of the sea for the chirping, clicking, whistling and squealing sounds they use to communicate. These extremely sociable mammals have a bulbous forehead, called a “melon”, which can change shape to aid in echolocation. They live, hunt, and migrate together in pods, ranging from a few individuals to hundreds of whales. Ocean noise from shipping, industrial extraction, marine construction and military activities cause underwater noise pollution. Since whales depend on sound to communicate, any interference by noise pollution can negatively affect their ability to find food and mates, navigate, avoid predators and take care of their young. WWF is working to influence shipping guidelines that will protect marine animals, such as beluga whales. We are also advocating for better oil spill prevention and response measures. Follow the link in our bio to learn more.
Mangroves are one of the Earth’s most critical ecosystems. They buffer coasts from storm surges, serve as vital habitat for untold marine and terrestrial species, and provide food and livelihoods for local communities. While these ecosystems cover just 0.1% of Earth’s land surface, they’re a powerful tool against climate change, storing more carbon per hectare than any other type of forest. Fifty percent of the world’s mangroves have disappeared in the past half-century. WWF is collaborating in the Global Mangrove Alliance to support projects that reverse the ongoing loss of critically important mangroves. Follow the link in our bio to learn more about saving mangroves.
Camera traps are just like regular cameras, except they’re triggered by infrared sensors to take photos or videos whenever they sense movement. In recent years, researchers at WWF-Thailand have been using these specially adapted devices throughout Kui Buri National Park to capture images of various species on film, which helps them to determine which animals—and how many—are present in the region. They also allow scientists to track and monitor wildlife movement. Follow the link in our bio to learn more.
Throughout the Arctic, sea ice is forming later in the fall season and disappearing earlier in the spring. This limits the amount of ice available for walruses to congregate on and causes massive haulouts on land. These haulouts can be incredibly dangerous for walruses. The crowded animals are easily spooked; any sound or scent can cause a deadly stampede. “Some projections suggest that the Arctic could be ice-free in the summers by as early as 2040. That means sea ice-dependent species like walruses and polar bears will be spending more time on land, which could decrease access to their prey base and increase human-wildlife conflict.” – WWF’s Nikhil Advani. Learn more about climate and the Pacific walrus by following the link in our bio.
Snow leopards have a white-gray coat that is spotted with large black rosettes. Their coat helps them blend in perfectly with the steep and rocky mountains of Central Asia. Snow leopards play a key role in their ecosystem, as both a top predator and as an indicator species in their high-altitude habitat. If snow leopards thrive, so will countless other species. These mountain cats are in danger due to retaliatory killings and habitat fragmentation. WWF works with local communities to monitor snow leopards and reduce the retaliatory killing of them through innovative local insurance plans. Learn more by following the link in our bio.
We’re celebrating big news for Colombia's Serranía de Chiribiquete! Yesterday it was officially expanded to 4.3 million hectares, making it the world’s largest protected tropical rainforest national park. It was also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of its “outstanding universal value” for nature and people. Follow the link in our bio to learn more.
Regram @wwf_act • • • Thank you to the nearly 220,000 WWF Activists who submitted comments over the last two months and took a stand with us against the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska. This winter, we expect the Army Corps of Engineers to submit its assessment of the mine's environmental impact-so stay tuned to learn how you can continue to help WWF protect this special place. 🙌🏼🗣
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WWF activists were among over 450,000 who took action and helped influence a landmark moratorium on offshore oil activities in Belize’s waters announced last winter. And as of yesterday, the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site has officially been removed from the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger sites! #SaveOurHeritage
“Spanning parts of the Dakotas, Montana, Nebraska, and Wyoming in the US, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, to the untrained eye the Northern Great Plains may seem a place of nothingness, like an infinite expanse of lawn. Some might even see it as good for development and growing food but not much else. Yet the region is pulsing with life—from large, charismatic species like antelope, bison, and elk; to fascinating birds such as the Baird’s sparrow, which has adapted to crawl through grassy tussocks like a mouse; to spadefoot toads, which bury themselves in the earth for months at a time until the rains return to nourish the prairie.” – WWF’s Clay Bolt. To keep the remaining grasslands intact, we work with ranchers who are dedicated to sustainable ranching operations, farmers who are seeking more efficient ways of growing their products on lands that have already been converted to cropland, and we’re helping to restore the wildlife in the area. Follow the link in our bio to learn more from WWF’s Clay Bolt on the value of the Northern Great Plains.
The Hol Chan Marine Reserve in Belize was created in 1987 to help protect the area from rapid coastal development and overfishing. Now, local livelihoods and marine life are protected hand-in-hand. Conserving our oceans takes all of us and every action makes a difference. Find out how you can help protect oceans by following the link in our bio. Special thanks to the @beautifuldestinations team for joining us in Belize and capturing this incredible footage.
Our oceans face many challenges. They are threatened from the effects of climate change, pollution and overfishing. Covering more than 70% of the our planet’s surface, they contain the largest diversity of life on Earth and even effect global weather patterns and food systems. With our oceans at risk, it’s important to remember things can be done to help make a difference in the health of our oceans. Follow the link in our bio to learn more.