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September 26, 2014
Great Elephant Survey To Commence in Mozambique
This photo of a month old baby elephant killed by poachers was taken in the Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique. The poachers killed the baby and its mother whose tusks they brutally hacked off for the ivory. The Great Elephant Census will provide the unavoidable statistics of the true scale of the poaching crisis in Mozambique. Horrors such as this image which was taken this summer, coupled with hard data, will drive the nation's elephant strategy.
Photo Credit: A. Jorge/ Niassa Carnivore Project.
September 09, 2014
It's the Wild West in East Africa
On a recent trip to Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve, WCS Presdient and CEO Cristián Samper and Alastair Nelson, WCS Mozambique Country Director, traveled by helicopter to bear witness to an elephant that had been killed just hours earlier. Unfortunately this is not unusual for the area, but the Mozambique government and WCS are integrating resources and staff to protect Niassa's elephants.
September 08, 2014
Six Elephant Poachers Arrested in Niassa National Reserve
Group Suspected of Killing 39 Elephants This Year Alone Early Morning Raid Results in Capture of Poaching Ring and Confiscation of Ivory and Guns Wildlife Conservation Society Praises Joint Operation Marrupa, Mozambique, Sept. 8, 2014 – A significant arrest of six suspected poachers took place here on Sept. 7 in a joint operation conducted by the Mecula District police, Luwire scouts and Niassa National Reserve WCS scouts. The arrests resulted after a 10-month investigation informed by vi...
August 12, 2014
96 Elephants and Partners Commemorate World Elephant Day, Today, August 12
Nationwide activities send message to stop ivory trade and raise awareness of elephant crisis 96,000 messages sent to officials from national 96 Elephants coalition96 elephants are gunned down every day for their ivoryCampaign URL: www.96elephants.org [New York – World Elephant Day – August 12, 2014] The 96 Elephants campaign and its coalition of partners throughout the U.S. is commemorating World Elephant Day today.As part of the World Elephant Day celebration, more than 100 partnering AZA acc...
August 05, 2014
96 Elephants Launches Elephant-Sized Effort for World Elephant Day on August 12th
Variety of World Elephant Day activities will raise awareness of elephant crisis and help stop poaching for ivory 96,000 messages will be sent to public officials from more than 118 zoos around the U.S. Public is urged to “GO GREY” for elephants Hard Rock Cafe, DoSomething.org will launch campaigns in support 96 Elephants World Elephant Day URL: http://96elephants.org/wed/ NEW YORK (August 5, 2014) The 96 Elephants campaign has launched an elephant-sized effort to commemorate World Elephant Day ...
March 24, 2014
Vietnam Takes Steps to Minimize Transnational Wildlife Crime
Aligning Efforts to Address the Crime; and Considering Destruction of Stockpile of Rhino Horn, Elephant Ivory and Tiger Bone Hanoi, 24th March 2014 - The Vietnam CITES Management Authority of the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development today hosted a roundtable meeting that marks the nation’s first step toward synergy to minimize the transnational wildlife crime affecting this nation; and further, a Vietnam official indicated they are considering destroying stockpiles of rhino horn, elep...
February 19, 2014
In Indonesia, a New Law Protects Manta Rays
Ray populations in Indonesia face serious threats from overfishing, but recently the government has taken action to ensure their future.
February 19, 2014
Indonesia Protects Manta Rays
WCS commends Indonesian Government for adopting new law prohibiting fishing and trade of manta rays NEW YORK (February 19, 2014)—The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the Government of Indonesia for its recent decision to protect the world’s largest ray species, the giant and reef manta rays, from fishing and trade throughout the country. On 28 January 2014, Indonesia’s Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Minister declared both the giant manta ray and reef manta ray as protected species under I...
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 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...
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