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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 11, 2014
WCS Conservationist Lauds “Smart” Protection for Thailand’s Tigers & Elephants
Anak Pattanavibool speaks at International Wildlife Trafficking Symposium:February 11-12, 2014 at the Zoological Society of London, Regents Park NEW YORK (February 11, 2014)—A systematic patrol system called the “Smart” program has become a vital component in the protection of tigers, elephants, and other wildlife species in the forests of Thailand, according to scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society at a wildlife trafficking symposium in London this week. Implemented in 2005 in Tha...
February 04, 2014
United for Wildlife: Trafficking Symposium
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 ...
January 23, 2014
Baby Primates Rescued in Indonesia
An international trader with ties to global crime syndicates was arrested today for smuggling live animals, including baby siamangs and komodo dragons.
January 23, 2014
International Trader Who Smuggled Baby Primates and Komodo Dragons Arrested in Indonesia
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...
December 16, 2013
Endangered Chinese Big-Headed Turtles Hatch At the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo
Rare hatching is a first for a North American zooWCS has the largest collection of Chinese big-headed turtles Breeding program is part of WCS’s global effort to save critically endangered turtles from extinctionVideo of rare turtle hatching available here >>Brooklyn, N.Y. – December 16, 2013 -- Five Chinese big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) have hatched at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo. Hatched in November, this is the first time the species has success...
September 27, 2013
Wildlife in Forest Fragments More Vulnerable to Extinction Than Previously Thought
26 September 2013Wildlife in forest fragments more vulnerable to extinction than previously thought Species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously assumed, says an international team of scientists.In a study spanning two decades, the researchers witnessed the near-complete extinction of native small mammals on forest islands created by a large hydroelectric reservoir in Thailand.“It was like ecological Armageddon,” said Luke Gibson from the Na...
September 24, 2013
Fatal Poaching Incident in Thailand
After a gunfight with poachers on September 13th, two wildlife rangers were killed and two others seriously injured in their efforts to protect the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary.
September 23, 2013
Media Statement: Fatal Poaching Incident in Thailand
NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2013) — The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society: Two wildlife rangers have been killed and two others seriously injured in a gunfight with poachers in Thailand's Western Forest Complex. In the incident, which occurred in the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary on Sept. 13, the wildlife rangers were killed by a criminal gang, armed with an AK-47, who were attempting to poach tigers, elephants, gibbons and other wildlife. One poacher wa...
August 09, 2013
In Myanmar, Natural Resources Are Key to Conflict Resolution
As Myanmar transitions to peace after years of internal conflict, WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper, who visited the country earlier this year, writes on the importance of balancing development with natural resource conservation efforts.
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