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Illegal Wildlife Trade

WCS: Private Sector Must Be a Part of the Wildlife Trafficking Solution
WCS took part in a Public Forum of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, which brings private sector companies together to fight wildlife trafficking. 
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New Report Documents Shocking Collapse of Gorilla Subspecies During 20 Years of Civil Unrest
April 4, 2016 – A shocking new report by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Fauna & Flora International documents a catastrophic collapse of the world’s largest great ape– the Grauer’s gorilla – due to a combination of illegal hunting around mining sites and settlements, prior civil unrest, and habitat loss.
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WCS Forest Elephant Expert Identifies Two Elephant Matriarchs Poached from Field Site
March 23, 2016 – WCS’s Andrea Turkalo, one of the world’s foremost experts on forest elephants, recently released information about two animals from her study site killed in 2013 when poachers from the Seleka rebel group infiltrated the Dzanga Bai forest clearing and slaughtered some 26 animals.
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WCS Signs Buckingham Palace Declaration to Shut Down Wildlife Trafficking Routes
15 March, 2016 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) was a signatory of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration today, which brings private sector transportation companies and international organizations together to fight wildlife trafficking.
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March 3, 2016 – The online trade in ivory and related wildlife products is rampant in Hawaii, which remains one of the United States’ major markets for ivory, according to a new report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society International (HSI), The Humane Society of the United States(HSUS), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  
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Deep Concern for South Sudan’s Natural Resources – an Emerging Illegal Exploitation and Trafficking Crisis
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (March 2, 2016) –South Sudan’s wildlife and other natural resources are under immediate threat from an alarming expansion of illegal exploitation and trafficking, say conservationists working for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other partners.
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The EU took a giant step today toward eliminating wildlife trafficking which is threatening species worldwide.

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WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo Debuts Bolivian Titi Monkeys
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Feb. 18, 2016 – Two Bolivian titi monkeys (Callicebus donacophilus) are making their public debut at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Prospect Park Zoo.
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Feb. 18, 2016 – WCS submitted the following testimony before the General Assembly of Maryland Committee on Environment and Transportation:
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WCS to Collaborate with World Customs Organization on Illegal Wildlife Trade
BRUSSELS (7 January, 2016) – WCS and the World Customs Organization (WCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at reducing the amount of illegal wildlife products moving across international borders. The MoU was signed by Dr. Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, and Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the WCO.
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