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Ivory Crush in Times Square Makes Powerful Statement

June 19, 2015

At the U.S. Ivory Crush in Times Square, WCS Executive Vice President John Calvelli places a piece of confiscated ivory on the conveyor belt to be crushed.

Hope for This Endangered Turtle

June 9, 2015

This is one of four Yangtze giant softshell turtles left in the world, and possibly the only female. Scientists recently artificially inseminated it as part of an effort to save the species.

China Moves to Close Ivory Market

June 1, 2015

African elephants may have just received a huge, much-needed boost from Asia. The Chinese government has announced plans to cease the processing and domestic sale of ivory.

Madagascar Inaugurates Natural Park

June 1, 2015

The Government of Madagascar has officially inaugurated Makira Natural Park, home to 20 species of lemur (like this indri) and over 50 percent of Madagascar’s plant biodiversity.

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Empire State Building Going Green for WCS

May 28, 2015

On Thursday night, the iconic lights of New York's Empire State Building will go green to commemorate our organization's 120th anniversary.

Mozambique Releases Elephant Numbers

May 26, 2015

A recent survey showed a dramatic drop in elephant populations, the Mozambique government said today. At the hands of criminal gangs, the total number of animals is estimated to have fallen 48 percent, from just over 20,000 to around 10,300.

A Glimmer of Hope from Borneo

May 19, 2015

While traveling in Borneo, Dr. Cristián Samper, President and CEO of WCS, came across a young mother orangutan and her infant. The species is endangered due to habitat destruction, but thanks to the government's efforts to expand protected areas there is hope for this iconic animal. 

WCS at 120

May 11, 2015

At 120, writes Executive Vice President John Calvelli, WCS continues a tradition of building effecting conservation movements. That tradition began a century ago with bison.

The Forest Elephants

May 6, 2015

Andrea Turkalo has been studying forest elephants at Central African Republic’s Dzanga bai for more than 20 years. In this video co-produced by WCS and the New Yorker, she speaks passionately about their dwindling numbers and recent poaching attacks. “A mammal that has a brain that big, and is so conscious of family ties – they miss family members that have been killed.” Watch the full video now.

The Grey Market

April 28, 2015

A new report from IFAW and WCS reveals a thriving ivory trade on Craigslist. Despite the website's policy against animal trade stronger action is needed because, "ivory trade anywhere is a threat to elephants everywhere".

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