Five decades of conservation

Our 50th anniversary has given us an excuse to rummage in our archives. We're really proud of what we've achieved since we started back in 1961 - though we know there's still lots to do. Here's just a brief selection of highlights from our work so far...

Newspaper reports

1961

Newspaper reports of the destruction of Africa's rhino and elephant populations leads directly to our creation.

Wildlife Management

1963

We set up the Mweka Wildlife Management College in Tanzania, to train park rangers and wildlife managers of protected areas in Africa

Coto Donana National Park

1969

We help establish Coto Donana National Park, one of the last refuges for Iberian lynx.

1960s

1970s

tiger

1972

Operation Tiger: we help set up nine national parks in India.

rainforest campaign

1975

Our first rainforest campaign results in dozens of national parks worldwide.

TRAFFIC

1975

We help establish CITES which leads to launch of TRAFFIC, to monitor global wildlife trade.

sanctuaries

1976

Our first marine programme establishes sanctuaries for whales, dolphins and seals.

Wolong nature reserve

1979

Our funding establishes China's Wolong nature reserve, to preserve giant pandas.

1970s

1980s

sustainable development

1980

WWF and others promote the concept of sustainable development – living within the limits of the natural environment – for the first time

Conservation Stamp Collection

1983

We launch the Conservation Stamp Collection. It's raised over US$13m in 200 countries.

whaling

1985

We help bring about an international moratorium on whaling.

ivory trade

1989

We help achieve a ban on the international ivory trade.

1980s

1990s

WWF-UK Forest & Trade Network

1991

We launch the 1995 Group (later relaunched as the WWF-UK Forest & Trade Network): companies dedicated to responsible management of the world's forests.

the saola

1992

We discover a new large mammal species – the saola – in Vietnam.

Biological Diversity

1992

The Convention on Biological Diversity launches. We play a key role in its development, with 193 countries committing to protect their wildlife and habitats.

forests

1998

With World Bank, we aim to ensure 2m sq km of well-managed forests by 2005.

National Curriculum

1999

We help ensure sustainable development is included in England's National Curriculum.

1990s

2000s

Brazil

2001

We help increase Brazil's golden lion tamarin numbers fivefold, to 1,000.

freshwater habitats

2002

We partner with HSBC to protect freshwater habitats in five countries.

endangered wildlife

2003

Our campaigning makes illegal trade in endangered wildlife arrestable in the UK.

Borneo's

2006

We convince Borneo's governments to preserve 220,000 sq km of forests.

sustainable designr

2007

Our campaign leads to a code of sustainable design for all new UK homes.

Climate Change Act

2008

Our lobbying helps achieve the UK Climate Change Act, setting binding carbon emissions targets.

UK seas

2009

Our 10-year campaign achieves legal protection for UK seas.

tiger

2010

We help bring together world leaders to back a plan to double tiger numbers by 2022.

50th anniversary

2011

We celebrate WWF's 50th anniversary.

2000s

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