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Who is WWF-UK's President?

As of 8th September 2011, WWF-UK's president is HRH The Prince of Wales.

Our former president was HRH Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvy KG, GCVO

Our vice president, until his death in September 2009, was Lord Aubrey Leland Oakes Buxton of Alsa, KCVO MC DL.

The international president of WWF is Pavan Sukhdev who will replace Yolanda Kakabadse at the end of 2017. You can find out more about WWF international presidents, past and present, here.


What is WWF-UK's registered charity number?

WWF-UK is a charity registered in England (charity number: 1081247) and in Scotland (charity number SCO39593) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England (number 4016725).


I have seen some wildlife items for sale that I think are illegal. What should I do?

You can fill in our Eyes & Ears form to report an suspected illegal wildlife trade.


How do I organise a talk about WWF for my organisation or event?

WWF don't have employees and guest speakers available to attend events. We receive lots of requests from all over the UK and this presents challenges in travelling, thinking of our carbon footprint and the costs incurred.

So as not to disappoint those living further afield, we chose not to offer this service but look for other ways we can try to help you.

You can find lots of information about our work available throughout our website.

We also now have our amazing new headquarters, the Living Planet Centre, based in Woking, Surrey.  We are easily accessible by public transport and are just a short train journey from the capital.


What do the initials WWF stand for?

When WWF was first set up in 1961, WWF stood for World Wildlife Fund.

In 1986 we changed this to World Wide Fund for Nature to emphasise the broad nature of WWF’s conservation work, which includes not only species, but also habitats and the reversal of environmental degradation.

However, since July 2000, WWF has been known simply by its initials.


When was WWF-UK founded and by whom?

WWF-UK was founded on 23 November 1961 by a group of distinguished scientists, conservationists and businessmen that included Sir Peter Scott and Sir Julian Huxley.


What can I do to help the environment?

You can find out more about how you can help the environment by visiting our Get Involved section to discover what you can do to make your everyday life more sustainable and make the world a healthier place for future generations.


Can I get involved with WWF if I am under 18?

Absolutely, we want you to be involved with WWF no matter your age and there are lots of ways you can help. We have activities specifically for younger people such as our Go Wild page, and others which you can find on our Get Involved section.


Does WWF work on animal welfare issues?

WWF works to conserve endangered species, protect endangered spaces, and address global threats to the planet such as climate change. Much of our work is for the protection of endangered animals in the wild – including the tiger, the rhino and great apes - but we do not have the experience or expertise to deal with issues relating to animals in captivity.

Whilst animal welfare is outside of our expertise and our legally-binding constitution, we are constantly striving to build a world in which humans live in harmony with nature.

You may also wish to contact these other organisations, whose work and expertise we value greatly, for information and advice on animal welfare issues:

RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Wilberforce Way
West Sussex
RH12 1HG

SSPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Kingseat Road
KY11 8RY

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
87-90 Albert Embankment

WAP (World Animal Protection)
5th Floor
22 Grays Inn Road

If you've seen a captive animal, while on holiday, that appears to be in distress, we suggest you contact Traveller's Animal Alert, part of the Born Free Foundation, who will be able to help you further:

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus
Langhurstwood Road
West Sussex
RH12 4QP


What is WWF’s position on dolphin hunts?

Many of these hunts occur outside international regulation and control. While we work on a wide range of threats facing dolphins (and other species), we don’t work on this particular issue. However, organisations like Whale & Dolphin Conservation (WDC) are working to raise awareness of this and need your support. At WWF, we are lobbying for the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to expand its remit to conserve whales and dolphins. You can find out more about our work at the IWC.


How does WWF-UK work with the corporate sector?

We believe passionately that in order to address the huge challenge of moving towards a global, sustainable future, we must work with companies to help them lessen their impact and embed sustainability at the heart of their business.

It is simply not enough to only work with companies that are already doing everything right. We must be willing to form challenging and constructive relationships with the companies that are able to drive real change in global markets and our priority eco-regions.


What is WWF-UK's investment policy?

WWF-UK’s investment policy is to maintain the real value of our investments and to maximise income by way of a diversified portfolio consistent with the trustees’ legal powers and duties. The policy promotes the principles of sustainability and socially responsible investment and excludes investments in organisations engaged in activities that conflict with or detract from our mission and objectives. The portfolio is screened to ensure that it complies with the investment policy.