Conservation efforts are needed for endangered species whose survival cannot be guaranteed by conserving their habitat alone.
WWF is focusing efforts on 10 clusters of priority species, from big cats to great apes to vultures. Species covered by these clusters are especially important, either for their ecosystem...
- Species forming a key element of the food chain
- Species which help the stability or regeneration of habitats
- Species demonstrating broader conservation needs
...or for people
- Species important for the health and livelihoods of local communities
- Species exploited commercially
- Species that are important cultural icons.
The 10 clusters are:
- Bears (including giant panda)
- Big cats
- Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises)
- Great apes
- Marine turtles
- Sharks and rays
Strategically focusing efforts on these species will also help conserve the many other species that share their habitats and are vulnerable to the same threats.
In addition to these 10 priority clusters, WWF naturally works to protect many other species through its work across the globle.