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February 27, 2014
WCS Statement on Congressional Hearing on Wildlife Trafficking
U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on Wildlife Trafficking Administration’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking Spurs Debate in Congress Washington, DC – February 26, 2014 –The following statement was released today by WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of the 96 Elephants Campaign John Calvelli: “The Wildlife Conservation Society would like to applaud U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce for his leadership in calling today...
February 12, 2014
More Devastating News for Forest Elephants
The authors of a landmark 2013 study, coordinated by WCS, show that forest elephant poaching continues apace, with 65 percent of the animals lost between 2002 and 2013. The information was released at the United for Wildlife International Wildlife Trafficking Symposium at the Zoological Society of London.
February 12, 2014
New Data Shows Continued Decline of African Forest Elephants
Authors of landmark 2013 study, coordinated by WCS, show that forest elephant poaching continues apace 65 percent of forest elephants lost between 2002 and 2013New information released at United for Wildlife International Wildlife Trafficking Symposium: February 11-12, 2014 at the Zoological Society of London London (February 12, 2014)—New data from the field in Central Africa shows that between 2002 and 2013, 65 percent of forest elephants were killed. They are being...
February 05, 2014
Whales and Human-Related Activities Overlap in African Waters
WCS-led satellite tracking study charts humpback whale movements and identifies overlap with offshore ocean industries Half of monitored animals unexpectedly travel north of coastal Gabon, perhaps toward an unknown breeding ground for humpbacks NEW YORK (February 5, 2014)—Scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Oregon State University, Stanford University, Columbia University, and the American Museum of Natural History have found that humpback whales swimming off the coast of western...
January 28, 2014
Hong Kong to Destroy 30 Metric Tons Of Ivory
WCS congratulates Hong Kong’s Government for sending strong anti-poaching message NEW YORK (January 28, 2014) – The Wildlife Conservation Society congratulates Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department’s Endangered Species Advisory Committee for announcing last week they will destroy their stockpile of approximately 30 metric tons of confiscated ivory. The announcement is seen as a major step in the effort to protect elephants from the ravages of ivory poaching. Hong Kong ...
January 16, 2014
Testimony of Elizabeth L. Bennett, Ph.D., Vice President, Species Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society submitted to New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation
January 16, 2014 Good afternoon. My name is Elizabeth Bennett. I am the Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Thank you for the opportunity to speak before you today regarding the plight of African elephants due to demand for ivory, and the actions that New York State can take to improve their conservation status in the wild. My background is that I have spent 30 years working in wildlife conservation, from long-term field research on wildlife and h...
January 03, 2014
China to Destroy Ivory
NEW YORK – Jan. 3, 2013 – The Government of China is set to destroy ivory and other wildlife products confiscated from illegal trade at a public ceremony on Jan. 6 in the city of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. The Wildlife Conservation Society is among the invitees to attend the event. Follow @theWCS, @wcschina and @joewalston_wcs to learn more about the event and the reaction from the Chinese public. The destruction of ivory by China follows the U.S. government’s destruction of six tons o...
December 20, 2013
Front Page Story on Ivory Trade Makes Waves in China
Story by Influential Chinese Newspaper, Southern Weekly, widely shared on Chinese social mediaNEW YORK (December 20, 2013) – One month after the publication of a front-page story in an influential Chinese newspaper about the ivory trade, the story has exploded on digital and social media within China.The story, titled “The Blood Ivory: Behind the Largest Ivory Smuggling Cases in China” appeared in the November 15th edition of Southern Weekly one of China’s most influential newspapers with a long...
December 04, 2013
On Wildlife Conservation Day: Saving Our Last Wild Places
According to recent reports, human consumption of natural resources is officially moving at an unsustainable pace. Dr. David Wilkie, WCS Director of Conservation Support, and Dr. Joshua Ginsberg, WCS SVP of the Global Conservation Program, discuss the necessary steps to protect the earth's biodiversity.
November 26, 2013
AZA Partners With Wildlife Conservation Society On 96 Elephants Campaign
96 elephants are killed every day in AfricaCampaign supports and amplifies Clinton Global Initiative to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand Millions of zoo visitors can take action to stop the demand for ivory in the United States and around the worldCampaign calls for U.S. moratorium on ivory sales, bolsters elephant protection, educates public about ivory trade consumptionU.S. is a major importer of ivory Campaign URL: 96 elephantsNew York – Nov. 26, 2013 – The Associat...
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