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WWF: The Arctic

Round Island - Considered a sanctuary for Pacific walruses. Walruses depend on sea ice as a platform for resting while they dive for food in the nearby shallow coastal waters. With plenty of space and lack of land-based predators, sea ice is also a safe place for calves to sit while mothers feed. © Kevin Schafer / WWF-Canon

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The Arctic – from the tundra, to the mountains, and to the sea itself – covers eight countries. It supports magnificent wildlife, the economy, and many cultures. Within the United States, the remarkable waters of the Arctic are home to whales, polar bears, walruses, and other wildlife found in few other places on Earth. The region is under threat from such factors as climate change, shipping, and oil and gas development. One of World Wildlife Fund’s top priorities in the region is protecting sensitive habitats and the people and wildlife that depend on them from these impacts. We bring together local communities, industries, governments, scientific institutions, and other conservation organizations to conserve this vibrant region. Go to to learn more about the Arctic and what you can do to help protect this beautiful place.

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