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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...
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Opening Remarks by Dr. John G. Robinson, WCS Chief Conservation Officer and Executive Vice President of Conservation and Science“This symposium is less about political consensus and more about prioritizing the strategies and approaches." London, Feb. 11, 2014 – The following remarks were delivered today by Dr. John G. Robinson, WCS Chief Conservation Officer and Executive Vice President of Conservation and Science, at the opening of the International Wildlife Trafficking Symposium at the Zoologi...
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A team of conservationists from WCS will be in London for the United for Wildlife symposium – “International Wildlife Trafficking: Solutions to a Global Crisis” on Feb 11-12 at the Zoological Society of London. The WCS team will be addressing wildlife trafficking issues with an emphasis on stopping the killing, stopping the trafficking, and stopping the demand. WCS experts will present case-studies from projects around the world. This gathering of leading conservationists and governments is ...
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An international trader with ties to global crime syndicates was arrested today for smuggling live animals, including baby siamangs and komodo dragons.
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Trader connected to crime syndicates in Russia, Singapore, Thailand, and Cyprus Operation was completed by Ministry of Forestry and Jakarta National Police Criminal Investigation Division, with technical assistance from WCS’s Wildlife Crimes UnitNEW YORK (January 23, 2014) — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today the arrest of a wildlife trader in Indonesia who specialized in smuggling live animals including baby primates and komodo dragons. The arrest was made in Bali by forest rang...
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Endangered cats, including stuffed tigers, along with bear fangs and other wildlife parts, taken in raid in Aceh Province WCS congratulates Aceh Police for protecting nation’s natural heritage  NEW YORK (January 7, 2014) — The Wildlife Conservation Society congratulates the Aceh Police for smashing a major network of wildlife traffickers. The traffickers allegedly ran five tiger poaching gangs in the Blangkenjeran, Gayo Lues, Takengon, and Ulu Masen forest areas. The two suspects, who w...
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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.
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Scientists Urge Focus on New Branch of Environmental Health NEW YORK (November 19, 2013) — A new paper from members of the HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) consortium delineates a new branch of environmental health that focuses on the public health risks of human-caused changes to Earth’s natural systems. Looking comprehensively at available research to date, the paper’s authors highlight repeated correlations between changes in natural systems and existing...
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WCS helps release juvenile whale shark from net in Indonesian marine parkNEW YORK (November 13, 2013)—It’s not every day that fishermen catch the world’s largest fish species in their nets, but this is what recently happened in Indonesia’s Karimunjawa National Park, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. While catching anchovies and small bait fish in a stationary net off the coast of Java on October 8th, a group of fishers discovered a much larger animal in their lift net—a juvenile w...
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Two soldiers receive jail time and fines for possessing Sumatran tiger trophies in Aceh Province WCS congratulates Indonesian military police for protecting nation’s natural heritage NEW YORK (November 6, 2013) — The Wildlife Conservation Society congratulates a military court in the Indonesian town of Takengon in Aceh Province for recently handing down fines and jail time to two wildlife traffickers convicted of possessing a pair of stuffed Sumatran tigers and one stuffed sun bear. The suspec...
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