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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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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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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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South Sudan Wildlife Surviving Civil War, but Poaching and Trafficking Threats Increase
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (May 24, 2017)—The first aerial assessment of the impact of South Sudan’s current civil war on the country’s wildlife and other natural resources shows that significant wildlife populations have so far survived, but poaching and commercial wildlife trafficking are increasing, as well as illegal mining, timber harvesting and charcoal production, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said in a report issued today.

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