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September 26, 2013
At CGI, a Commitment to Stop the Bloody Slaughter of African Elephants
An unprecedented collaboration will move beyond extinction stats to finding solutions for elephants under siege in Africa.
September 26, 2013
WCS Supports Clinton Global Initiative With “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 demandCampaign calls for U.S. moratorium on ivory sales, bolsters elephant protection, educates public about ivory trade consumptionU.S. is a major importer of ivoryCampaign URL: www.96elephants.orgNEW YORK (September, 26, 2013) — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today a campaign to amplify and support the Clinton Global Initiativ...
September 26, 2013
Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action: Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants
Commitment’s Goal: Stop the Killing, Stop the Trafficking, Stop the Demand An unprecedented collaboration – moving beyond extinction stats to solutions for elephants Elephant numbers have plummeted by 76 percent since 1980 due to ivory poaching; 35,000 slaughtered by poachers in 2012 alone Commitment Makers include: Wildlife Conservation Society, African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and World Wildlife Fund Commitment Partners: African P...
June 26, 2013
Not Exactly Monkey Business as Usual as WCS Debuts Three Primate Babies
Brown Collared Lemur, Sliver Leaf Langur, and Mandrill babies on exhibit as the summer season gets underway at the Bronx Zoo All three primate births are part of the Species Survival Plan Attached photo (#3610): The baby silver leaf langur stands is easy to spot among the adults until its coat changes from a striking orange color to silver between three to five months of age. Bronx, NY – June 26, 2013 – Three primate species have produced offspring at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Z...
May 30, 2013
Gabon and Central African Republic To Protect Critical Elephant Population
WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper recognizes the outstanding leadership of Gabon president Ali Bongo Ondimba and Michel Djotodia, acting president of the CAR transitional government, in confronting the urgent wildlife emergency in Dzanga Bai and restoring security to the area.
May 23, 2013
Slow and Steady, Turtles Gain Ground
WCS builds assurance colonies in its zoos and in the field to help restore endangered turtles May 23, Thursday: World Turtle Day NEW YORK (May 23, 2013) — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today progress in its effort to restore some of the world’s most endangered turtles , an effort that combines the creation of assurance colonies at its zoos with in-country field conservation work. The announcement comes on World Turtle Day – a global celebration to bring...
May 18, 2013
WCS Praises Agreement Between Gabon and Central African Republic Aimed at Improved Management of CAR’s Protected Areas
NEW YORK (May 18, 2013) —The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristián Samper in response to the news that Gabon has agreed to help improve the management of the Central African Republic’s protected areas, which are currently threatened by large-scale elephant poaching for ivory, and that security has returned to Dzanga-Sangha National Park. At least two dozen elephants were killed in Dzanga-Sangha National Park in the Central African...
March 14, 2013
WCS to Congress: Investment in International Conservation Benefits U.S. Interests Abroad
WCS testimony at FY14 budget hearing emphasizes how conservation helps achieve U.S. national security and economic objectives in foreign policy Burma, Afghanistan, South Sudan among the places where conservation investments pay off Washington, D.C. – March 14, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) pressed for modest but consistent funding for international conservation in the next federal budget in testimony given to Congress today. WCS was invited to testify before the ...
March 04, 2013
Extinction Looms for Forest Elephants
PLOS ONE study with largest dataset on forest elephants ever compiled reveals a loss of more than 60 percent in the past decade Decline documented throughout forest elephant’s range in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Republic of Congo Conservation scientists urge immediate measures to save the species Elephants are being discussed at CITES meeting in Bangk...
February 28, 2013
WCS Documents Major Decline in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Last Large Forest Elephant Population
Forest elephants could be extinct in DRC within a decade if current slaughter continues NEW YORK ( Feb. 28, 2013 ) — The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) largest remaining forest elephant population, located in the Okapi Faunal Reserve (OFR), has declined by 37 percent in the last five years, with only 1,700 elephants now remaining, according to wildlife surveys by WCS and DRC officials. WCS scientists warn that if poaching of forest elephan...
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