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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...
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WCS conservationists, together with officials from South Sudan’s Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, have ramped up efforts to protect the country’s last elephants by fitting individual animals with GPS collars for remote tracking.
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South Sudan’s Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism and WCS collar elephants with GPS/Satellite units to monitor & protect their populations NEW YORK (July 1, 2013)—With expert assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society and funding from USAID, South Sudan’s Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism (MWCT) has ramped up efforts to protect its last elephants by fitting individual animals with GPS collars for remote tracking, a critical practice in the fight against ivory poa...
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WCS tracks oryx in South Sudan, a country celebrating its first year of independence. Although uncertainty looms for this young nation, locals and conservationists hope to preserve South Sudan's natural resources while improving conservation efforts and ecotourism opportunities. 

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Plans are first steps to manage and conserve Ethiopia’s large carnivores Action plans released at press conference in Ethiopia NEW YORK (April 19, 2012) – Three of Ethiopia’s large carnivores – the cheetah, wild dog, and lion – received much-needed action plans today to address future conservation of these imperiled predators, which are increasingly threatened by development and human-related activities.The plans, endorsed by Dr. Kifle, Director General of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation A...
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Giraffe calf to join herd in Bronx Zoo’s African Plains Bronx, NY – March 22, 2012 – A female Baringo giraffe calf born this month at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo stays close to her mother in the Carter Giraffe Building. The calf will be making its debut in the zoo’s African Plains in about one week. The calf was approximately 6 feet tall and over 100 pounds at birth. As an adult, she could eventually grow to 16 feet and weigh 2,600 pounds. Giraffes are native to grasslands,...
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State-of-the-art park headquarters inaugurated in wildlife-rich Boma National Park Conservation and wildlife tourism seen as a cornerstone to stabilize once war-torn region Some of the world’s largest wildlife migrations take place in South Sudan NEW YORK (March 13, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) joined officials from the Republic of South Sudan and U.S. Government on March 8th to inaugurate Boma National Park Headquarters in Jonglei State in South Sudan, home to some of the wor...
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New nation’s independence on July 9th represents hope for the world’s second largest terrestrial migration With USAID support, WCS is working with South Sudan’s government on protected area management and land-use planning NEW YORK (July 8, 2011) – As South Sudan officially breaks away to form a new nation on July 9, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) emphasizes that the vast wildlife and habitat resources of...
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NPR reporter Frank Langfitt visits WCS’s Paul Elkan and Mike Kock on a mission to locate and radio-collar a group of elephants on the savannahs of South Sudan. The expedition is part of WCS’s work to protect the emerging nation’s remarkable wildlife from poachers and development.

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