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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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New Wildlife Defenders Graduate in Tanzania
MAY 10, 2017 – A new elite team of WCS-trained wildlife rangers in Tanzania graduated on May 6th and will be deployed in the Ruaha-Katavi Landscape, which harbors East Africa's largest elephant population. Ruaha-Katavi now has three such elite units to fight poachers. 
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WASHINGTON (March 17, 2017) – Dramatic reductions in funding for the State Department, USAID, the GEF, the Department of the Interior and others will harm people, wildlife, the environment and our national security. 

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Can’t we all Just Get Along – Like India’s Cats and Dogs?
February 16, 2017 – A new WCS study in India shows that three carnivores – tigers, leopards, and dholes (Asian wild dog) – seemingly in direct competition with one other, are living side by side with surprisingly little conflict. 
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Little Tortoise, Big Range
January 24, 2017 – WCS scientists have discovered the impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa) in the Hukaung Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in northern Myanmar, some 528 miles from its known range in that country.  The researchers reported their finding in the latest issue of the journal Asian Herpetological Research
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China Announces It Will Shut Down Its Domestic Commercial Elephant Ivory Trade in 2017
December 30, 2016 -- China has announced today that it will close its domestic commercial elephant ivory trade in 2017.
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Spring Toward Extinction? Cheetah Numbers Crash Globally

December 26, 2016 - The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), is sprinting towards the edge of extinction and could soon be lost forever unless urgent, landscape-wide conservation action is taken, according to a study published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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New Strategy Dismantles Ivory Trafficking Networks in Northern Republic of Congo
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo-December 20, 2016-An integrated approach with on-the-ground patrols coupled with intelligence-driven operations are effectively taking down the patrons of elephant poaching and dismantling the criminal syndicates.
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California Court Upholds Ban on State Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade
November 29, 2016 —The Los Angeles Superior Court has upheld California’s ban on trade in ivory and rhino horn, rejecting claims that the ban was unconstitutional.
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