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WCS Comments on Obama's Ivory Remarks from Kenya
New York - July 25, 2015  –The following statement was released today by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper, who also serves on the U.S. Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking. Samper’s statement concerns remarks by President Obama delivered in Kenya on ivory.
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African Elephants Get Support From Brooklyn 5th Graders In “One Special Elephant: The Story of Penelope Petunia”

NEW YORK (June 10, 2015)—A group of Brooklyn students are using their pens and imaginations to help ensure a future for African elephants with help from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the 96 Elephants campaign. With help from WCS scientist and elephant expert Andrea Turkalo, a group of 5th graders from Brooklyn’s Public School 107 John W. Kimball Learning Center have written and published a book titled “One Special Elephant: The Story of Penelope Petunia,” inspired by a real baby elephant living in the rainforests of Central Africa.

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The following testimony was submitted today by Sara Marinello, WCS Executive Director of Government and Community Affairs, before the Connecticut General Assembly Committee on Environment:

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The following testimony was submitted today by Dr. James Deutsch, WCS Vice President of Conservation Strategy, before the California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife committee:
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The following statement is from Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO and member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking.
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March 3 2015 marks World Wildlife Day, and this year’s theme is: “It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime.” The Wildlife Conservation Society Central Park Zoo will host the United Nations and key government and civil society partners for a high-level panel discussion on international wildlife crime.


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A copy of the testimony submitted today to the Hawaii House Committee on Water and Land in support of HB 837, which would help shut down the illegal trade in ivory currently decimating elephants across Africa. 
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At the Clinton Global Initiative, John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, looks back on the accomplishments that have been achieved in the last year to protect African elephants. Those include the successful 96 Elephants campaign in the United States, social media outreach efforts in China, and the newly passed New York and New Jersey State bans on ivory.
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96 Elephants campaign helps achieve ivory bans in New York and New Jersey and expand social media impact in China96 Elephants sparks 672,500 emails to officials in support of elephantsCGI launches The Elephant Action Network to increase conservation partners and monitor successes NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2014)—The Wildlife Conservation Society reported today at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting a number of encouraging gains achieved over the past year in the fight to save Africa’s eleph...
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WCS president and CEO Cristián Samper commends New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing a historic law banning the purchase and sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn.
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