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July 02, 2012
UNESCO Creates World's First Three-Nation World Heritage Site to Protect Heart of Congo Basin Rainforest
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (July 2, 2012) – A Central African protected area that straddles three countries and teems with gorillas, elephants, and chimpanzees has been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. Called the Sangha Tri-National Protected Area complex (known by its French acronym TNS) the site consists of a 25,000 km2 (10,000 square-mile) contiguous area across the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Cameroon, and the Centra...
June 29, 2012
Park Headquarters Destroyed by Bandits in Epulu, Democratic Republic of Congo
Park Headquarters Destroyed by Bandits in Epulu, Democratic Republic of Congo Attack on Okapi Faunal Reserve leaves guards and villagers dead and wildlife slaughtered WCS staff working in the park safe and accounted for Funds desperately needed to rebuild park facilities and resume conservation of wildlife New York (June 29, 2012)—The Wildlife Conservation Society reports that all WCS staff members working in the Okapi Faunal Reserve ...
June 29, 2012
Senseless Killings in a Congolese Wildlife Reserve
Bandits murdered 7 people and 14 okapis when they attacked the village of Epulu and Okapi Wildlife Reserve. Although okapis share physical similarities to zebras, they are more closely related to giraffes.
June 28, 2012
WCS Applauds Government for Rejection of International Trade in Ivory from Threatened Elephant Populations
A Statement Issued by Dr. James Deutsch, Executive Director for the Africa Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society NEW YORK (June 28, 2012)—“Gabon becomes the second African country, after Kenya, to completely reject the ivory trade by burning their valuable stockpiles of confiscated and recovered elephant ivory. When Kenya first did this in 1989, it helped lead to an international ban on trade in ivory, and that led to a collapse in the price of ivory and a remarkable rec...
June 21, 2012
Major Cuts Proposed by House Committee Will Severely Impact Endangered Species, said WCS and WWF
WASHINGTON (June 20, 2012) — Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Programs approved an FY13 appropriations bill that would slash critical funding for some of the world’s most threatened species, including rhinos, tigers, elephants, great apes, and marine turtles. The subcommittee mark up of the bill recommends a cut of 21 percent below the FY12 enacted level for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) programs. Among the conservation programs that wo...
June 11, 2012
New Fears for Congo’s Elephant Haven
No elephants are immune from increased poaching in the Republic of Congo. WCS advocates doubling the number of guards monitoring the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park and surrounding areas, one of the few safe havens where elephant numbers have remained stable.
June 07, 2012
Elephants Safe in Congo Park Amidst Slaughter in Surrounding Forests
NEW YORK (June 7, 2012)—The loss of 5,000 forest elephants to poachers in northern Republic of Congo over the past five years makes protected areas for Africa’s dwindling wildlife more important than ever, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Conservationists recommend that guard strength in northern Congo’s Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, where elephant numbers have remained stable, should be doubled immediately to protect the park’s estimated 2,300 individuals. In addition, protecti...
June 05, 2012
2012 Marks the Start of the International Year of the Rhino
Gland, Switzerland, 5 June, 2012 (IUCN) — Increasing alarm for the fate of the two rarest rhinoceros species, and growing concern over the increased illegal hunting of rhinos and demand for rhino horn affecting all five species, has prompted President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia to declare 5 June 2012 as the start of the International Year of the Rhino. President Yudhoyono took this step at the request of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and other conservation orga...
May 22, 2012
WCS Applauds Senate Effort to Renew Tiger Stamp for Four More Years
More Than 10 Million Sold Since September Debut Stamps May Be Purchased at Post Offices Nationwide and USPS.com Fiscally Responsible Bill Supported by Senate International Conservation Caucus Co-Chairs WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society applauded today’s Senate introduction of a bill to reauthorize the Save Vanishing Species postage stamp.The stamp features an illustration of a tiger cub and supports efforts to save species like elephants, tigers, and great ape...
May 03, 2012
Africa’s Rift Valley Saved by Parks
New book underscores importance of protected areas and long-term conservation monitoring Book documents changes in climate, habitat, wildlife, and conservation in globally important region spanning five countries The Ecological Impact of Long-Term Changes in Africa’s Rift Valley is published by Nova Publishers (https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=19950) NEW YORK (May 3, 2012) – A new book produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Albertine Rift Conservat...
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