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WCS Applauds Senate Passage of END Wildlife Trafficking Act

WASHINGTON (September 16, 2016) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) applauded the Senate’s passage of the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act. The legislation is led by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and would bolster wildlife trafficking law enforcement and increase support for wildlife rangers, including the transfer of military equipment for ranger use. The bill will now return to the House for final passage.

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World Conservation Community Calls for Countries to Shut Down Their Domestic Ivory Markets
Honolulu, HI (Sept. 10, 2016) - WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper today celebrated the passage of IUCN Motion 007 at the World Conservation Congress. “Today’s vote calling for closure of domestic elephant ivory markets across the globe is vital--as the news about Africa’s elephants is as bad as bad news gets."

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Largest Gorilla Subspecies Declared Critically Endangered by IUCN Red List
Sept 4, 2016 -- Grauer's gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri), a subspecies of eastern gorilla, the world's largest ape, and confined to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has been listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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WCS Reports Organized Poaching is Decimating Madagascar’s Sea Turtles
September 1, 2016 – The illegal hunting of Madagascar’s sea turtles is reaching a crisis level as a result of organized trafficking networks says a team of WCS conservationists.

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STUDY: A Lost Century for Forest Elephants
August 30, 2016 – Because forest elephants are one the slowest reproducing mammals in the world, it will take almost a century for them to recover from the intense poaching they have suffered since 2002. 

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Keen-nosed Canines In Tanzania  Help Nab Poacher With Elephant Ivory

August 24, 2016 – Two dogs trained to detect ivory by scent recently made their first bust by helping government authorities seize four elephant tusks in a village outside Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).

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WILDLIFE CRIMEFIGHTING BREAKTHROUGH: New ranger patrol method shows major improvements in detection of illegal activities

August 17, 2016 – A team of scientists from WCS, University of York, and Uganda Wildlife Authority have developed a new method of detecting illegal activities in protected areas by as much as 250 percent. 

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 For World Elephant Day and Beyond, WCS’s Zoos Try to Break Jumbo-Sized Record
August 11, 2016 – Just in time for World Elephant Day, this Friday, August 12th, WCS’s 96 Elephants campaign announced an ambitious effort to break the Guinness World Records™ for the largest display of origami elephants to draw attention to the plight of Africa’s elephants, which continue to be wiped out by ivory poachers. 

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GUNS, NETS, AND BULLDOZERS: Three Quarters of the World’s Threatened Species are Imperiled from Agriculture, Land Conversion, Overharvesting

August 10, 2016 -- Less than a month away from the kick-off of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, a team of scientists report in the journal Nature that three quarters of the world’s threatened species are imperiled because people are converting their habitat into agricultural lands and overharvesting their populations.

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International Efforts Needed to Save World’s Largest Mammals, Scientists Say
July 27, 2016 – A team of conservation biologists is calling for a worldwide strategy to prevent the unthinkable: the extinction of the world’s largest mammal species.

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