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February 11, 2015
WCS Praises Administration Plan to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
“Our world’s wildlife has a new reason for hope.” NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2015 – The following statement was released today by WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristian Samper concerning the newly released Implementation Plan for President Obama’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. Dr. Samper, along with Dr. Susan Lieberman, WCS Vice President of International Policy, serves on the Advisory Council to the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking ...
February 10, 2015
Testimony at Hawaii House Committee on Water and Land
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.
February 06, 2015
WCS Applauds Support for Conservation in the President’s FY16 Budget Request, Urges Continued Investment to Stop Wildlife Trafficking
WCS applauded President Obama’s FY16 budget request for its conservation highlights, but cautioned that recent gains for wildlife trafficking could disappear unless Congress acts.
February 03, 2015
WCS Praises San Francisco Board of Supervisors for Supporting Ivory Ban
WCS and the 96 Elephants campaign praise San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors for unanimously passing a resolution in support of A96, state legislation that would ban the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state of California.
January 14, 2015
WCS Launches New Partnership with the Governments of Tanzania and the US to Save East Africa’s Largest Elephant Population in 2015
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Governments of Tanzania and the United States, including USAID, announced the launch of a new joint program to save East Africa’s largest elephant population in the Ruaha-Katavi Landscape.
January 08, 2015
WCS Applauds Senate Bill to Strengthen Wildlife Trafficking Penalties
Today, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) applauded the introduction of a Senate bill that would strengthen the law enforcement tools and penalties against wildlife trafficking. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the bill.
January 05, 2015
Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Gets Assist from Markets for Conservation (COMACO) Farmers in Helping Close Down a Wildlife Poaching Racket
A member of a cooperative of small-scale farmers, many of whom are former poachers, played a key role in the recent arrests by the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) of two wildlife traffickers attempting to trade ivory as part of a major syndicate involved in the illegal wildlife trade.
December 04, 2014
Ongoing War Threatens Existence of Elephants and Other Key Wildlife Species in South Sudan
NOTE FOR EDITORS: In the U.S., WCS is urging continued federal support to fight wildlife trafficking including a U.S. Senate proposal to direct $55 million from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to the cause. This is a $10 million increase over a U.S. House proposal to maintain funding at $45 million. WCS also urges President Obama to include the congressionally directed funding, at $55 million, in his FY16 budget request. Take action: Tell your l...
November 20, 2014
Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums and 96 Elephants Commend Miami-Dade County Commissioners on Passage of Resolution Urging Florida Legislature to Ban Ivory Sales in State
A Florida law would follow ivory and rhino horn bans recently passed in New York and New Jersey Resolution sends clear message that Miami-Dade County recognizes that criminals benefitting from sales of ivory must be stopped NEW YORK – Nov. 20, 2014 – The Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums (FAZA) and 96 Elephants praised the Miami-Dade County Commissioners for the passage of (R-944-14), a resolution urging the Florida State Legislature to pass a law banning the sales of i...
November 17, 2014
Scientists Spotlight Top Conservation Themes for Satellite Technology
WCS, NASA, And other conservation and remote sensing agencies, universities and NGOs focus on top 10 conservation questions for satellite technology Remote sensing has and can continue to play a critical role in conserving Earth’s biological diversity Protected area management is a key use of remote sensing data Newly formed Conservation Remote Sensing Network to apply remote sensing data to conservation challenges NEW YORK (November 17, 2014)&mdas...
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