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Everyone at WCS is shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of conservationist Wayne Lotter in Tanzania.  He devoted his life to conservation, especially of elephants, and his tragic death is a reminder of the challengers faced by so many.  His steadfast committment to reducing the poaching threat were known by many, and had great impact.  His support for local communities was a hallmark of his conservation career. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are wi...

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Scenes from Today’s Ivory Crush in Central Park
NEW YORK (August 3, 2017) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released photos and video from today’s ivory crush held in Central Park, where two tons of illegal ivory were destroyed in a rock crusher.  The event was organized by WCS and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), with support from Tiffany & Co., a longstanding leader in sustainability and a member of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance.

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Wildlife Conservation Society Joins New York State, Tiffany & Co., and Partners to Crush Nearly 2 Tons of Elephant Ivory in Central Park
Central Park, New York City, Aug. 3, 2017 – The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society from an event where nearly 2 tons of elephant ivory was about to be crushed here at 10:30am EDT. The ivory has a net worth of $8 million, representing more than 100 elephants. All were seized by law enforcement in the heart of New York City.

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MEDIA ALERT: NEARLY 2 TONS OF IVORY TO BE CRUSHED IN NYC'S CENTRAL PARK ON AUG 3RD
August 1, 2017 – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will destroy nearly two tons of illegal ivory confiscated through state enforcement efforts.

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Ivory Kingpin Arrested in Mozambique
MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE (July 27, 2017)—The notorious leader of an East African ivory poaching network— Mateso Albana Kasian—has been arrested in Mozambique. Mateso was wanted by both Tanzanian and Mozambican authorities for orchestrating the slaughter of hundreds, possibly thousands, of elephants across southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique since 2012-2013.

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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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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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Cool Effect Partners with WCS to Save Madagascar’s Makira Natural Park
June 15, 2017 -- Cool EffectTM, a non-profit organization curating the world’s premier carbon reduction projects, announced the addition of Madagascar’s Makira Natural Park Project to its platform in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Individual contributions to the project will reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and conserve the rainforest’s endangered plants and species.

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