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Illegal Wildlife Trade


Pangolins at ‘Huge Risk’ as Study Reveals Dramatic Increases in Hunting Across Central Africa
July 19, 2017--Hunting of pangolins, the world’s most illegally traded mammal, increased by a staggering 150 percent in Central African forests from 1970s up to 2014, according to a new study by the University of Sussex, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and other groups.
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Video Captures Gorillas Hugging it Out
July 19, 2017 – Researchers from WCS’s Congo Program released touching footage of two sibling western lowland gorillas in a tender embrace.
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CRUSH IT: WCS Sweepstakes Will Give a Member of Public Chance to Personally Help Crush Illegal Ivory

July 17, 2017) – WCS is giving a member of the public a chance to help crush one ton of illegal ivory at the historic August 3rd ivory crush at Central Park through a one-of-a kind sweepstakes opportunity.

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New York State to Destroy More Than One Ton of Illegal Ivory In Central Park
July 12, 2017 – New York State will destroy more than one ton of illegal elephant ivory in Central Park at a high-profile, public event on Thursday, August 3rd at 10:30 a.m.
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Wildlife of Northern Central African Republic in Danger,  Urgent Actions Required to Secure Remaining Wildlife Populations and Contribute to Stabilization of the Region
BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (June 29, 2017)—The first aerial assessment of the impact of Central African Republic’s recent conflict on wildlife and other natural resources in the northern part of the country shows that wildlife populations have been depleted in large areas of their former range, yet there is hope as some populations of Kordofan giraffe, giant eland, buffalo, roan, and other key species that still survive in low numbers.
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Talking Turtles II: WCS Discovers More Turtles that Talk
June 26, 2017 – Scientists from WCS and other groups have found that the pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) has joined a select group of chatty chelonians that can vocalize. 
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Cambodia’s Ministries Come Together to Address Wildlife Trafficking

June 23, 2017 –A first-ever milestone event brought together Cambodian officials and others today to discuss law enforcement options and responses to wildlife trafficking –an increasing threat to the world’s wildlife species.

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Over 150 Asian Giant Softshell Turtles Return to the Wild
June 21, 2017 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), in collaboration with Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration (FiA) and the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), released 150 Endangered Asian giant softshell turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) hatchlings  into their natural habitat along the Mekong River.
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MAJOR IVORY TRAFFICKER JAILED IN REPUBLIC OF CONGO
June 2, 2017 – Northern Congo’s notorious elephant poacher and ivory trafficker Daring Dissaka, 39, has been convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment. 
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WCS: New EU Ivory and Wildlife Trafficking Measures Are a Step in the Right Direction

BRUSSELS, Belgium (18 May, 2017) – WCS released a statement in response to the European Commission’s announcement of new measures related to ivory and wildlife trafficking.

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