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ELEPHANTS
APES
AFRICA
BIG CATS
SHARKS, SKATES, and RAYS
LATIN AMERICA and THE CARIBBEAN

WCS is committed to protecting the world’s wildlife and wild places. We have a bold vision for the future and a strategic plan to lead the way.

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ASIA
NORTH AMERICA
WHALES and COASTAL DOLPHINS
OCEANS
TORTOISES and FRESHWATER TURTLES

A Lost Century

With domestic ivory markets on the agenda at the soon-to-open IUCN World Conservation Congress, a new study has revealed startling findings about Africa's forest elephants.

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A Collar for Two Detector Dogs

In a village outside Tanzania's Ruaha National Park, WCS detector dogs Jenny and Dexter recently aided in their first ivory bust.

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Wildcards

Bits of the unexpected from the animal kingdom.

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Small World

The diminutive, nocturnal mouse lemur of Madagascar is pretty fascinating.

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Melville Hears a Whale

Soon after we launched a buoy off of New York, it detected sounds from a fin whale.

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Trunk Show

The truth about a trunk: it can be difficult for a baby elephant to maneuver.

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In the news

August 31, 2016 | National Geographic

African Elephant Numbers Plummet 30 Percent

An unprecedented census gives a sobering baseline for managing what’s left of Africa’s elephants.

August 16, 2016 | The New York Times

Searching for Sharks in the Waters Off Long Island

WCS scientists are teaming with OCEARCH to learn about blue, mako, and great white sharks in the area.

Stand for Wildlife

Join more than one million wildlife lovers working to save the Earth's most treasured and threatened species. (Oh, and get a free sticker.)

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Join a community of over one million people helping protect the wildlife and places we love.

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Join more than one million wildlife lovers working to save the Earth's most treasured and threatened species. (Oh, and get a free sticker.)

Get notified about crucial issues, WCS's work, and ways you can help!

Speak Up for the Closure of Domestic Ivory Markets

All ivory markets are a threat to elephants. Shutting them down is essential if we are to stop the killing.

The upcoming CITES Conference of the Parties is a big opportunity. It's a treaty meeting of 182 governments to decide regulations around wildlife trade.

Ask the U.S. delegation to be a strong voice for closing ivory markets around the world.

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