Living Planet Magazine issue 24 | WWF New Zealand

LIVING PLANET MAGAZINE ISSUE 24

Welcome to the latest Living Planet Magazine, featuring a roaring success for tigers, a new deal for nature, and New Zealand’s biggest fishing whopper.

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Roaring success for Nepal’s tigers

Earlier this year Nepal announced that there are now an estimated 235 wild tigers in the country. If these trends continue, Nepal could become the first country to double its national tiger population since tiger range countries made a pledge to double the world’s wild tiger population by 2022. 

The Nepali government is working hard with locals and charities to protect big cats – and our supporters are giving generously to help make this work possible. Together, it’s possible to achieve this success in other countries where tigers roam. Find out more about the project to double tigers

A new deal for nature

Every two years we bring out our Living Planet Report, a study of biodiversity and the health of the planet. The twelfth edition came out this year - and tells a stark tale of nature loss.

Did you know humans have wiped out over 60% of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in just over 40 years? However, scientists tell us it’s not too late to save our remaining plants and animals. 

With the support of people like you, we’re campaigning to reduce our country’s emissions, helping businesses become greener, and investing in science and innovation to protect nature. But we know we can do more. Check out the 2018 Living Planet Report. 

New Zealand’s biggest fishing whopper

We’re calling on the new government to be honest about how much of our incredible ocean is protected. Previous governments have been telling whoppers, saying that over 30% of our waters are protected - but in reality, the figure is more like 1%.

It’s time to do the right thing – and protect what matters. We’re calling on the government to report honestly on ocean protection to the UN this year, and we’d love it if you added your voice to our open letter.

If you’re one of the people standing with us – thank you. If not, find out more, sign and share with friends and whānau. Call for honest ocean reporting now!

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Doing it for the dolphins

As a lover of nature and supporter of our work, we know how much you love New Zealand’s endangered Māui dolphins. But there aren’t many people that love them as much as Danny Pick!

For the last three years, this inspirational boy has raised money for our work to save these animals. Each year he’s taken on a different challenge, from baking cupcakes to shooting basketball hoops. This year he’s focusing on another of his passions – drumming!

People like you have helped keep up the pressure to save these dolphins – and this year is such a crucial time, as the government are deciding whether to take more steps to protect them. “The more people help, the more we can do to help the dolphins. They live in our waters, so it’s our responsibility to keep them safe,” said Danny. 

Fighting the ivory trade

Mighty and graceful, elephants might not seem vulnerable. But unfortunately, the ivory trade is booming. Around 20,000 African elephants are killed every year by poachers for their ivory. 

When you think of countries that trade in ivory, New Zealand probably isn’t the first country that springs to mind. But in fact, there are loopholes in our country’s laws that allow some import and trade of ivory – and with elephant lives at stake, we think it’s time to close them.

We won’t let elephants go. Together with our supporters, we are working internationally to fight the ivory trade and help protect elephants at every step

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