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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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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the USA between 7th and 9th December 2014. Their Royal Highnesses will travel to New York for a programme of engagements which will also see The Duke visit Washington DC for a day, while The Duchess remains in New York. The Duke and Duchess will attend events on behalf of the Royal Foundation and other charities with which Their Royal Highnesses are closely associated, and also on behalf of HM Government. The charitable themes will include ...
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WCS at IUCN World Parks CongressNovember 12-19, 2014Sydney, Australia SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, NOV. 11, 2014 – The following events will be taking place during the IUCN World Parks Congress with experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society. On-site, please contact John Delaney (jdelaney@wcs.org; text 1-347-675-2294) or Mary Dixon (mdixon@wcs.org; text 1-347-840-1242) to discuss any of these presentations or to schedule an interview. To learn more go to wpc.wcs.org or follow @TheWCS Breaking Topics to...
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With the help of WCS's Wildlife Crimes Unit, the Indonesian authorities arrested two traders allegedly involved in the shipment of one whole tiger skin, two stuffed tiger paws, one stuffed tiger head, and a tiger claw. The arrests took place near Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, one of the most important sites globally for Sumatran tiger.
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WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit assists Ministry in bustArrest marks first-ever enforcement action of Indonesia’s recent national protection of manta raysIndonesia operates largest known shark and ray fisheries on earthNEW YORK (SEPTEMBER 30, 2014) – The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Government of Indonesia, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s Wildlife Crimes Unit announced today the first-ever series of enforcement actions against a trader of sharks and rays in Indonesia...
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New York (August 19, 2014) – The following statement was issued by John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of the 96 Elephants Campaign: “Today’s landmark study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, authored by 96 Elephants partner Save the Elephants and other groups, confirms the widespread slaughter of elephants throughout Africa driven by ivory poaching. These tragic numbers underscore the urgency of banning the ivory trade. Recent WCS res...
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New Law Elevates Penalties on Criminals Profiting From Killing of Elephants and Rhinos NEW YORK (August 12, 2014) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Humane Society of the United States, and The Nature Conservancy applaud New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for signing a state ban on the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horn today on World Elephant Day. Governor Cuomo signed into law a two-house bill formulated to address New York State’s statu...
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Authors say wildlife loss leads to exploitative labor practices, violence, and organized crime Study’s recommendations call for multi-disciplinary approach to understand underlying causes and far-ranging effects of wildlife loss (NEW YORK-JULY 24, 2014) – Citing many sobering examples of how wildlife loss leads to conflict among people around the world, a new article co-authored by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL) Program Director Dr. Chri...
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New campaign for United for Wildlife harnesses the power of sport and social media to raise awareness of wildlife crime. Andy Murray will support the campaign as he defends his Wimbledon title. Campaign asks this generation to decide #WhoseSideAreYouOn - the side of critically endangered species or the criminals who kill them for money? United for Wildlife is also supported by David Beckham, Lewis Hamilton, Rahul Dravid, Francois Pienaar and Yao Ming. These ambassadors have pledged to raise awar...
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"By passing this legislation our New York State lawmakers will show global leadership to stop the serious crime killing off Africa's elephants and rhinos and sparking security issues across the world‎.” New York, June 17, 2014 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds New York State lawmakers for their agreement on a bill to stop the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade and encourages Albany to take the final legislative steps to pass the ban. WCS President and CEO Cristiàn Samper, wh...
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