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A Q&A on the Adoption of Ban on Domestic Elephant Ivory at CITES Cop17

Oct. 2 2016 – A Q&A from Susan Lieberman, VP of International Policy at the Wildlife Conservation Societyon today's decision by countries at CITES CoP17 for adopting a resolution recommending the closure of domestic elephant ivory markets globally.

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CITES CoP17 Delegates: Adopt Resolution Recommending Closure of Domestic Elephant Ivory Markets Globally
Oct. 2 2016 – The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society in celebration of the decision taken today by countries at CITES CoP17 for adopting a resolution recommending the closure of domestic elephant ivory markets globally.

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CITES CoP17: WCS Congratulates CITES Parties for Extending Protections to the African Grey Parrot
Johannesburg, SA (Oct. 2, 2016) – WCS congratulates the Parties to CITES for agreeing to transfer the African grey parrot from Appendix II to Appendix I, thereby prohibiting all international commercial trade. 

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Sept. 28 2016 -- The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society with the adoption by the CITES Parties of the resolution:  PROHIBITING, PREVENTING AND COUNTERING CORRUPTION FACILITATING ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED IN VIOLATION OF THE CONVENTION

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Boo at the Zoo: Thirteen Days of Halloween
Bronx, NY – September 28, 2016 – One of New York City’s most cherished traditions returns this weekend with Boo at the Zoo: Thirteen Days of Halloween at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo. Each weekend in October – including the Rosh Hashanah and Columbus Day holidays – will feature family-friendly, not-so-scary seasonal programming that combines traditional Halloween activities with the Bronx Zoo’s resident wildlife.

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Three Men Selling a Tiger Skin Arrested in West Lampung, Indonesia
Lampung, Indonesia (September 28, 2016) Lampung Barat Police in collaboration with Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park rangers (BBSNP), WCS-Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) and Rhino Protection Unit (RPU) arrested three suspects and confiscated a Sumatran Tiger  skin found on sale in the West Lampung area on September 20, 2016.

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CITES CoP17: Victory Today for Pangolins

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – (September 28, 2016) – WCS applauds the vote today to list all 8 species of pangolins in CITES Appendix I—the highest level of protection afforded by the treaty and a recognition that unfortunately, the species is indeed now threatened with extinction. 

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 American Bison Society Releases Report Card

Banff (September 27, 2016). Celebrating its tenth year since re-establishing in 2006, the American Bison Society (ABS) issued a “report card” highlighting major milestones reached during the renewed tenure of ABS. The report card was released at the ABS Meeting and Workshop – taking place for the first time in Canada, on September 26-29 in Banff National Park.

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CITES CoP17: A Wildlife Crisis: Flying Ivory
Sept. 26, 2016 -- The Indonesian Government is scheduled to propose a resolution at CITES Cop17 on Tuesday, Sept 27, to ask for stricter enforcement from all nations to prevent the helmeted hornbill from going extinct.

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CITES CoP17: Conservationists Urge Immediate Action to End Poaching of Ploughshare Tortoise
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - September 26, 2016 - Unless the government of Madagascar takes swift action to enforce international anti-poaching and anti-trafficking laws, the country’s largest tortoise—the ploughshare tortoise (or angonoka tortoise)—will likely go extinct in the wild within the next two years. 

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