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South Sudan Wildlife Surviving Civil War, but Poaching and Trafficking Threats Increase
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (May 24, 2017)—The first aerial assessment of the impact of South Sudan’s current civil war on the country’s wildlife and other natural resources shows that significant wildlife populations have so far survived, but poaching and commercial wildlife trafficking are increasing, as well as illegal mining, timber harvesting and charcoal production, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said in a report issued today.
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New Wildlife Defenders Graduate in Tanzania
MAY 10, 2017 – A new elite team of WCS-trained wildlife rangers in Tanzania graduated on May 6th and will be deployed in the Ruaha-Katavi Landscape, which harbors East Africa's largest elephant population. Ruaha-Katavi now has three such elite units to fight poachers. 
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WCS Statement on Chinese Government Phasing In Closing of Domestic Commercial Elephant Ivory Trade
"We believe that the ban has played a significant role in de-valuing ivory. We also believe that the ban has increased motivation for enforcement agencies to enhance actions on illegal ivory trade."

 

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China Announcement of Domestic Ivory Ban in 2017 - English Translation
New York  (Jan. 3, 2016)    Today WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) is releasing an English language version of China’s historic announcement on ivory made on Dec. 30, 2016. The text was translated by WCS.
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China Announces It Will Shut Down Its Domestic Commercial Elephant Ivory Trade in 2017
December 30, 2016 -- China has announced today that it will close its domestic commercial elephant ivory trade in 2017.
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CHRISTMAS IN THE CONGO: New Protected Area to Conserve Unique Species Created in the Democratic Republic of Congo
December 21, 2016 – The Kabobo Natural Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of Africa’s most biodiverse sites, had its boundaries formally approved today by the Provincial Governor of Tanganyika Province – a critical step in establishing and ensuring the effective protection of this important site. 
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New Strategy Dismantles Ivory Trafficking Networks in Northern Republic of Congo
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo-December 20, 2016-An integrated approach with on-the-ground patrols coupled with intelligence-driven operations are effectively taking down the patrons of elephant poaching and dismantling the criminal syndicates.
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WCS Campaign To Stop Nigeria’s Superhighway Delivers More Than 100,000 Petition Signatures To Nigerian Ambassador

WASHINGTON (December 13, 2016) — A global campaign recently launched by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) to stop or reroute a proposed superhighway in Nigeria’s Cross River State has succeeded in securing 100,081 petition signatures in support of the effort. 

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A Q&A on the Adoption of Ban on Domestic Elephant Ivory at CITES Cop17

Oct. 2 2016 – A Q&A from Susan Lieberman, VP of International Policy at the Wildlife Conservation Societyon today's decision by countries at CITES CoP17 for adopting a resolution recommending the closure of domestic elephant ivory markets globally.

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WCS Applauds Passage of END Wildlife Trafficking Act by U.S. Congress
WASHINGTON (September 21, 2016) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) applauded the U.S. Congress's passage of the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act today. The bill now moves on to the White House for the president’s signature.
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