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The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a transnational conservation organization supported by 5 million members worldwide, dedicated to protecting and conserving endangered species and natural environments, and increasing awareness of threatening global issues such as climate change and overharvesting. The WWF directs conservation projects in more than 100 countries, and partners with numerous environmental and nonenvironmental groups to cosponsor initiatives in more than 30 countries, focusing on policy development, education, and advocacy.

The WWF was founded on September 11, 1961, by biologist Sir Julian Huxley, ornithologist Sir Peter Scott, director general of the British Nature Conservancy Max Nicholson, and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Originally known as The World Wildlife Fund, an International Foundation for Saving the World's Wildlife and Wild Places, the fund emerged from ...

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