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Illegal Wildlife Trade


As organized crime steps up its game in wildlife trade, a WCS conservationist suggests fighting back through increased law enforcement and better use of resources.

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Wildlife Conservation Society recommends international monitoring, protection needed for Marco Polo sheep NEW YORK (July 22, 2011)—A genetic study of the world’s largest sheep species has revealed that the big-horned animals travel extensively across the moutainous borders of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and China according to Wildlife Conservation Society researchers with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Using a non-invasive...
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Arrest is a victory for government of Thailand Confiscated cell phone contains evidence of poaching Organized crime continues to threaten tigers and other wildlife A statement issued by Joe Walston, Director for the Asia Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society NEW YORK (July 14, 2011)—“The Wildlife Conservation Society commends the actions of the government of Thailand in the recent arrest of tiger poachers operating in the Western ...
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A team of conservationists has released three adult cheetahs, rescued from the hands of an illegal wildlife trader, into Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.
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One of three rescued adult cheetahs released last week in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. The release was conducted by a team of conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) working with the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and the Tanzania Wildlife Division.  The cheetahs were confiscated from an illegal wildlife trader in the Tanzanian city of Arusha. Each cheetah was fitted with a satellit...
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Awestruck researchers add Afghan natural wonder to list of behemoths NEW YORK (March 30, 2011)—Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society have stumbled upon a geological colossus in a remote corner of Afghanistan: a natural stone arch spanning more than 200 feet across its base.  Located at the central highlands of Afghanistan, the recently discovered Hazarchishma Natural Bridge is more than 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet) above sea level, making it one of the highest large nat...
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A growing online black market is creating new demand for items like elephant ivory chopsticks, tiger claws and whiskers, and wallets made from clouded leopard skin. WCS’s Wildlife Crime Unit is working with Indonesian authorities to investigate the illegal Internet trade.
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Suspect arrested in Jakarta after investigation of internet advertisements of protected wildlife for sale WCS worked in conjunction with Indonesian Police, Indonesian Department of Forestry, Directorate-General for Forest Protection and Nature Conservation JAKARTA, INDONESIA (February 17, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today a successful raid in Jakarta by Indonesian authorities that resulted in the arrest of a susp...
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“Making Tracks for Tigers” Benefit held at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square NEW YORK (October 20, 2010)—Legendary recording artist Paul Simon joined the Wildlife Conservation Society in the fight to save tigers from extinction at a private performance tonight at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square. Funds raised at the concert will support WCS efforts to save tigers in their last remaining strongholds in Asia. Conservationists estimate that approximately 3,200 tigers remain in the wi...
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In a huge wildlife trade bust in Da Lat City, Vietnamese authorities make arrests and confiscate more than 850 pounds of illegal wildlife meat from restaurant kitchens.
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