September 11th 1961
The first World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) office opens.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organisation working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment.
The group says its mission is "to halt and reverse the destruction of our environment", focusing on conservation of the world's oceans and coasts, forests and freshwater ecosystems, along with their concern with endangered species, pollution and climate change.
Their latest mission is the Virunga campaign. Virunga is Africa's oldest national park and a treasured World Heritage Site which features rainforests, volcanoes and rare and beautiful wildlife.
But Virunga is at risk of becoming Africa's newest oil field, with oil company Soco looking to explore for oil. WWF have drawn the line, they believe some places are to precious to exploit.
You can too support the Virunga campaign by adding your name to the online petition - every name helps to show governments and businesses how strongly people feel about protecting precious places like Virunga.
You can also support the WWF by purchasing their range of WWF 2014 calendars and diaries from us.