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African Elephants

The following tribute was issued today by Dr. John Robinson, Executive Vice President of Conservation and Science for the Wildlife Conservation Society.
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Wildlife Conservation Society Hopeful for Elephants In 2018
Bronx, NY, Dec. 31, 2017 — WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper released the following statement today as China honors its 2017 New Year's resolution to make the sale and processing of ivory illegal.
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WCS: Elusive Congolese Poacher Sentenced to Five Years in Jail
December 15, 2017 – A local court sentenced a notorious elephant poacher and ivory trafficker to five years in prison and a fine of 1,200,000 XAF (~2100 US$). 
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STUDY: Despite Forest Loss, An African Protected Area Still has Potential To Support Tens of Thousands of Elephants, 1K Lions

November 30, 2017 – Despite some forest loss, Mozambique’s sprawling Niassa National Reserve has the potential to support tens of thousands of elephants and 1,000 lions according to a new land-use study published in the journal Parks.

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WCS Statement on CITES Report on the Increase in Ivory Seizures and Decline in Elephant Poaching in East Africa

October 27, 2017 – The following statement is from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s Dr. Elizabeth Bennett, Vice President for Species Conservation.  WCS works on elephant conservation in 12 countries in Africa.

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October 6, 2017 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) released a statement in response to the launch of the UK’s consultation on domestic ivory markets.
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Sept. 11, 2017 – The following statement was issued today by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) upon the United Nation’s General Assembly adoption of its third resolution on illegal wildlife trade. Building on two earlier General Assembly resolutions adopted in 2015 and 2016, the 2017 resolution is the most comprehensive on the issue so far. 

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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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