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MEDIA ALERT: NEARLY 2 TONS OF IVORY TO BE CRUSHED IN NYC'S CENTRAL PARK ON AUG 3RD

New York State to Destroy Nearly Two Tons of Elephant Ivory In Central Park

The Ivory Crush Is Thursday, August 3, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

“By crushing a ton of ivory in the middle of the world’s most famous public park, New Yorkers are sending a message to poachers, traffickers and dealers who try to set up shop right here on our streets: we won’t stand for the slaughter of elephants. Nobody needs an ivory brooch that badly.” -- John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Director of 96 Elephants campaign


 

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: newsroom.wcs.org Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242.

 

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MEDIA ALERT: NEARLY 2 TONS OF IVORY TO BE CRUSHED IN NYC'S CENTRAL PARK ON AUG 3RD

NEW YORK, (August 1, 2017) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will destroy nearly two tons of illegal ivory confiscated through state enforcement efforts. The ivory has a net worth of more than $8 million, representing more than 100 elephants. The ivory tusks, trinkets, statues, jewelry, and other decorative items will be crushed in Central Park, New York City while supporters gather to watch, sending a clear message that the state will not tolerate wildlife crime that threatens to wipe out Africa’s elephants.

The event is being organized by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), with support from Tiffany & Co.

Partnering organizations include some of the world’s most prominent wildlife conservation NGOs:

1.      African Wildlife Foundation

2.      Association of Zoos and Aquariums

3.      The Humane Society of the United States

4.      International Fund for Animal Welfare

5.      National Geographic

6.      Natural Resources Defense Council

7.      Save Animals Facing Extinction

8.      United States Wildlife Trafficking Alliance

9.      WildAid

Special thanks to Emerald Equipment Systems for donating the crusher.

What:    Ivory Crush in Central Park, New York City

Who:     WCS, NYDEC, Tiffany & Co, and conservation partners

When:   Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Media check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Where:   Central Park, between Sheep Meadow and Naumburg Bandshell: https://goo.gl/maps/HNnDmDhsTEn  WE ENCOURAGE MEDIA TO PARK IN GARAGES NEAR 72ND STREET ON EITHER THE EAST OR WEST SIDE OF THE PARK. ONCE YOU ENTER THE PARK WALKING – IT TAKES ABOUT 10 MINUTES TO WALK ACROSS THE TRANSVERSE TO ARRIVE TO THE SITE. 

IMPORTANT MEDIA NOTE:  Media requesting vehicular access and parking must RSVP to Stephen Sautner, WCS Communications: 718-220-3682; cell 908-247-2585; ssautner@wcs.org

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WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: newsroom.wcs.org Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242.