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Blue-footed booby plush with Happy Father's Day gift bag
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Don't let Alaska look like this
© U.S. Coast Guard
Time Out on
New Oil Drilling

As thousands of barrels of oil continue to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, WWF is urging the Obama administration to put a hold on the exploratory drilling scheduled to begin in the Arctic on July 1. The proposed drill sites are located up to 140 miles offshore in an area notable for extreme storms, gale-force winds, moving sea ice, darkness and subzero temperatures. Such hostile conditions would make it difficult--if not impossible--to mount a robust response effort in the event of a major oil spill. A spill could devastate an ecosystem that is home to walruses, fur seals and polar bears, and supports the livelihoods of Native Alaskan communities. Learn more.

More About the Gulf Oil Disaster
  • A call for an independent commission on the disaster
  • Why do we need safer, cleaner energy sources?
  • How is WWF involved?

  • Colorful amphibian discovered in Borneo
    A color-changing flying frog
    © Stefan Hertwig
    Newly Discovered
    Species in the
    Heart of Borneo

    Once described by Charles Darwin as "one great luxuriant hothouse made by nature for herself," the Heart of Borneo is home to 10 primate species, more than 350 bird species, and 150 reptile and amphibian species. In addition, a staggering 10,000 plant species are sheltered by the region's rain forests. During the past three years, scientists have discovered more than 123 new species in this island within an island. These finds include the world’s longest known stick insect, a flame-colored snake and a color-changing frog. Take a closer look.

    May 3: Swedish Hunters Help Save Amur Tigers
    May 10: Dogs Join the Fight to Save Wild Tigers

    Baby bison
    A baby bison stands for the first time © Dennis Lingohr/APF
    Baby Bison Arrive
    on the Prairie

    American Prairie Reserve’s first bison calf of the season was recently born on the greening prairie of Northeastern Montana. Only hours after the newborn’s arrival, the mother, brought to American Prairie Reserve in 2006 as part of WWF’s bison reintroduction project, was using her hoof to help the calf stand up on all four legs. Since the first calf, nine others have been born, bringing the total number of bison on the reserve to 206. See the baby bison slideshow.

    Northern fur seals in Alaska
    Northern fur seals may be affected by drilling in the Arctic
    © Kevin Schafer/WWF-Canon
    Help Prevent the
    Next Oil Disaster

    As oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico, Shell Oil is dispatching a flotilla of ships to the Alaskan coast, proceeding with plans to begin drilling operations in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas as early as July 1. Tell President Obama that opening America’s Arctic waters to oil drilling is too dangerous. Ask the president to halt Shell’s drilling plans until proper safeguards are in place.

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    Close-up of a polar bear
    Hudson Bay polar bear
    © Canadian Tourism Commission
    The Polar Bears of Churchill
    November 6 - 12, 2010

    Join a world-class polar bear tour to see the king of the Arctic in the natural splendor of the great white north. This adventure runs from the outpost town of Churchill, Manitoba, where bears wait for the Hudson Bay to freeze over. Polar bears tend to be especially active in early November, allowing for stellar photography opportunities when they're sparring with one another or rolling on the ice.

    Do You Know?

    Sumatran rhino
    Sumatran rhino © WWF-Malaysia/Borneo Species Programme
    Why is this a remarkable photo?
    a. This Sumatran rhino appears to be pregnant, giving hope for this near-extinct species.
    b. Sumatran rhinos always have two horns; this animal has only one.
    c. This photo was taken at night, but Sumatran rhinos are diurnal.
    d. This Sumatran rhino was tagged six years ago; its existence illustrates the importance of antipoaching laws.

    Click on one of the answers above to see if you know.

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