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A member of a cooperative of small-scale farmers, many of whom are former poachers, played a key role in the recent arrests by the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) of two wildlife traffickers attempting to trade ivory as part of a major syndicate involved in the illegal wildlife trade.
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NOTE FOR EDITORS: In the U.S., WCS is urging continued federal support to fight wildlife trafficking including a U.S. Senate proposal to direct $55 million from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to the cause. This is a $10 million increase over a U.S. House proposal to maintain funding at $45 million. WCS also urges President Obama to include the congressionally directed funding, at $55 million, in his FY16 budget request. Take action: Tell your l...
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A Florida law would follow ivory and rhino horn bans recently passed in New York and New Jersey Resolution sends clear message that Miami-Dade County recognizes that criminals benefitting from sales of ivory must be stopped NEW YORK – Nov. 20, 2014 – The Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums (FAZA) and 96 Elephants praised the Miami-Dade County Commissioners for the passage of (R-944-14), a resolution urging the Florida State Legislature to pass a law banning the sales of i...
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WCS, NASA, And other conservation and remote sensing agencies, universities and NGOs focus on top 10 conservation questions for satellite technology Remote sensing has and can continue to play a critical role in conserving Earth’s biological diversity Protected area management is a key use of remote sensing data Newly formed Conservation Remote Sensing Network to apply remote sensing data to conservation challenges NEW YORK (November 17, 2014)&mdas...
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WCS: The Escape of Elephant Poaching Suspects from Niassa National Reserve Only Sparks More Determination to Stop the CriminalsNiassa National Reserve, Mozambique, Nov. 7, 2014 The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society concerning the escape of two suspected elephant poachers. The poachers escaped on Oct. 27th from a Mecula police station. The suspects, arrested with guns and ammunition in their possession, were to be prosecuted under a stricter law which wo...
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When they're well managed, protected areas, like Yellowstone National Park, are valuable tools for conservation, says Dr. James Watson, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Change Program. But, in a new paper in Nature, Watson and some colleagues argue that's not the case with many reserves around the world.
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When they're well managed, protected areas, like Yellowstone National Park, are valuable tools for conservation, says Dr. James Watson, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Change Program. But, in a new paper in Nature, Watson and some colleagues argue that's not the case with many reserves around the world.
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Congress Recently Renewed Stamp that Raised More Than $2.5 Million for Conservation Since 2011 at No Taxpayer Expense Purchase the Stamp Online at shop.usps.com WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 20, 2014) – The Save Vanishing Species postage stamp, also known as the Tiger Stamp, is back on sale at U.S. Post Offices and online after being reauthorized by Congress earlier this year. The stamp costs 60 cents, 11 cents more than a regular first-class stamp. The extra 11 cents from the sale of every stamp g...
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Arrests latest in enforcement crackdown in Niassa National Reserve Operation coincides with new conservation law to deter poachers Marrupa, Mozambique, Sept. 29, 2014–Two known ivory poachers were arrested and five illegal firearms seized on Monday, September 22nd near Niassa National Reserve by a joint force including Niassa Reserve scouts from WCS and the Ministry of Tourism, supported by the new branch of the Mozambican police in charge of environmental crimes, and other scouts from the Luwir...
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This photo of a month old baby elephant killed by poachers was taken in the Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique. The poachers killed the baby and its mother whose tusks they brutally hacked off for the ivory. The Great Elephant Census will provide the unavoidable statistics of the true scale of the poaching crisis in Mozambique. Horrors such as this image which was taken this summer, coupled with hard data, will drive the nation's elephant strategy.

Photo Credit: A. Jorge/ Niassa Carnivore Project.
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