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Countdown to CITES
MAY 3, 2016 -- The world will gather for the first time since March 2013 for the CITES Conference of the Parties. The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) will take place Sept. 24-Oct. 5, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The agenda was released on May 2nd.
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WCS Praises Kenya for Massive Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn Burn Scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 30
The following statement was issued by Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) on April 29, 2016:
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Strike a Pose for Elephants: WCS Launches #ElephantYogaChallenge
APRIL 28, 2016 – Want to use your yoga practice to save elephants? WCS’s 96 Elephants campaign – so named for the number of African elephants killed every day by poachers – is launching the #ElephantYogaChallenge, a social media campaign to raise awareness and funds through yoga.
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WCS Forest Elephant Expert Identifies Two Elephant Matriarchs Poached from Field Site
March 23, 2016 – WCS’s Andrea Turkalo, one of the world’s foremost experts on forest elephants, recently released information about two animals from her study site killed in 2013 when poachers from the Seleka rebel group infiltrated the Dzanga Bai forest clearing and slaughtered some 26 animals.
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March 3, 2016 – The online trade in ivory and related wildlife products is rampant in Hawaii, which remains one of the United States’ major markets for ivory, according to a new report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society International (HSI), The Humane Society of the United States(HSUS), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  
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Deep Concern for South Sudan’s Natural Resources – an Emerging Illegal Exploitation and Trafficking Crisis
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (March 2, 2016) –South Sudan’s wildlife and other natural resources are under immediate threat from an alarming expansion of illegal exploitation and trafficking, say conservationists working for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other partners.
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Feb. 18, 2016 – WCS submitted the following testimony before the General Assembly of Maryland Committee on Environment and Transportation:
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WCS Statement on Pope Francis Speaking out Against Ivory Trade
November 30, 2015 – The following statement is from WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper on Pope Francis speaking out against the ivory trade on his visit to Kenya:
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TERMINATOR TERMINATES TUSK ON VIDEO

November 13, 2015 – Watch out ivory poachers – now you got The Terminator mad. WCS’s 96 Elephants campaign has received a powerful new ally: Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently blew up an ivory tusk on camera in support of efforts to protect elephants from the ravages of poaching.

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WCS’s Praises Passage of Ivory Ban in Washington
November 4, 2014 - Washington voters have spoken out for elephants by overwhelmingly passing I-1401, which bans the trade in parts of elephants and other wildlife.
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