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African Elephants


MEDIA STATEMENT: WCS Commends Congolese Justice System on 30-Year Sentence of Notorious Elephant Poacher and Ivory Trafficker in Republic of Congo

“This unprecedented conviction in the criminal court is a major milestone in the protection of wildlife in the Republic of Congo and in upholding the rule of law. It sends an extremely strong message that wildlife crime will not be tolerated.” – Dr. Emma Stokes, WCS Regional Director for Central Africa 

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STUDY: New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
A study by WCS and partners produced new analyses to pinpoint the most important forests for biodiversity conservation remaining in Central Africa.
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WCS Statement on Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira Winning the Tusk Conservation Award – The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

The Wildlife Conservation Society congratulates Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira, who was honored with a lifetime achievement Tusk Conservation Award in Africa – the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa – for his four decades of work to protect Mozambique’s natural heritage.

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Massive Wildlife Survey in Tanzania Points to Elephant Recovery  In Key Landscape

Tanzania’s Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and WCS released the results of a massive wildlife survey showing that elephant numbers have stabilized in a key landscape known for rampant poaching just a few years ago.

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New hope for the Okapi Wildlife Reserve – a wildlife haven under threat in in the heart of the Congo rainforest

Conservation is bringing new hope for the security and stability of a remote forest outpost in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with the signing of a new partnership agreement to manage the Okapi Wildlife Reserve between Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Government’s Nature Conservation Agency, ICCN.

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Six Elephants Fitted with GPS/Satellite Collars in August/September to Further Reinforce Ongoing Protection Efforts in Yankari Game Reserve
WCS has fitted six elephants with GPS/satellite collars over the past two months in Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve.
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The elephant news at CITES CoP18 in Geneva breaks on 8/22/19.

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THE RUN-UP TO CITES: GREAT NEWS FOR ELEPHANTS IN NIGERIA African Protected Area Reports Zero Poaching for Last Four Years and Counting
Yankari Game Reserve, which supports Nigeria’s largest remaining elephant population, has experienced zero poaching in the last four years, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), reported today.
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Gearing Up for Reporting on CITES – A Cheat Sheet

All You Need to Know about the Aug. 17-28 Wildlife Trade Conference in Geneva, Switzerland

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Study Documents Impacts of Selective Logging and Associated Disturbance on Intact Forest Landscapes and Wildlife of Northern Congo

A new study says that the tropical forests of Western Equatorial Africa (WEA) – which include significant stands of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) – are increasingly coming under pressure from logging, poaching, and associated disturbances.

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