About Us

WWF came into existence on 29 April 1961, when a small group of passionate and committed individuals signed a declaration that came to be known as the Morges Manifesto.
Its first office was opened on 11 September that same year in Morges, Switzerland. In 1986, the organization changed its name to World Wide Fund for Nature, to better reflect the scope of its activities, retaining the WWF initials. However, it continued at that time to operate under the original name in the United States and Canada.


The inspiration came from Chi-Chi: a giant panda that had arrived at the London Zoo in the year 1961, when WWF was being created.

Aware of the need for a strong, recognisable symbol that would overcome all language barriers, WWF's founders agreed that the big, furry animal with her appealing, black-patched eyes would make an excellent logo. The black-and-white panda has since come to stand as a symbol for the conservation movement as a whole.

Expanding WWF-Greater Mekong to Myanmar

WWF-Greater Mekong has built an extraordinary network of partners – local communities, the private sector, and governments – all working together to find solutions to conserve the region’s biodiversity and build a secure and sustainable future for its people, ecosystems and wildlife. WWF-Greater Mekong consists of a regional team and country offices in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Its newest office is in Myanmar and was inaugurated on 1st November 2014.

Contact us

#15 (C), Than Taman Street
Yangon, Myanmar
Office Phone: +95 1 229 331

Christy Williams
Country Director

May Moe Wah
Operation Manager
Mobile: +95 (9) 50 031 14

For Media and Other Inquiries, contact:

Alison Harley
Senior Communications Manager
Mobile: +60 (1) 22 807 402

Ye Min Thwin
Communications Officer
Mobile: +95 (9) 79 582 4038