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WWF representatives hand over the half-million signature petition calling for a complete ban on the Thai ivory trade to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (center) in Bangkok. 27 February 2013.
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Thai prime minister must seize spotlight to end ivory trade

Bangkok, Thailand - As host of a critical wildlife trade meeting opening, WWF and TRAFFIC urge the Thai prime minister to ban ivory trade in the country when she addresses world governments Sunday.



Thai prime minister announces end to ivory trade

Bangkok, Thailand – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today pledged to end ivory trade in Thailand, seizing a key opportunity to stem global wildlife trafficking. Her statement came after the call of nearly 1.5 million WWF and Avaaz supporters. 



Miss Universe to lend super support for strong action on wildlife trade

“You don’t need superpowers to be a hero. Stop Wildlife Crime!” is the message that Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005 and WWF supporter, delivered to delegates from over 170 countries attending the opening day of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) taking place in Bangkok on Sunday, March 3, 2013.
 
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Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties 3 - 14 March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand
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Help ban Thailand’s ivory trade. Your voice counts to save elephants.


WWF-Thailand invites you to a special event to see Thailand’s biggest origami elephant and to add your own origami elephant to help ban the ivory trade and save Africa’s elephants! Thursday 21 February 2013 Eden Zone,1st Floor, Central World, 3-5pm
 
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Elephant origami event draws support for ban on ivory trade in Thailand
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Elephant origami event draws support for ban on ivory trade in Thailand


Bangkok, Thailand - WWF and TRAFFIC today hosted a special event in Bangkok to help raise awareness about the plight of Africa’s elephants and to urge Thais to add their names in support of a ban on the ivory trade in Thailand.

Leonardo DiCaprio Joins WWF to Launch “Hands Off My Parts” Initiative to Stop Wildlife Crime

 
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© HOMP Launch Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 18, 2013  Today, actor and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Board Member Leonardo DiCaprio helped launch WWFs Hands Off My Parts initiative. The initiative represents a week-long effort tied to WWFs Stop Wildlife Crime campaign to raise awareness and mobilize support to end the illegal trade of wildlife.
 
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‘Revenge’ Stars Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman Launch PSA for WWF’s ‘Hands Off My Parts’ Wildlife Crime Initiative
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‘Revenge’ Stars Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman Launch PSA for WWF’s ‘Hands Off My Parts’ Wildlife Crime Initiative

 

Poachers kill at least 89 elephants in Chad

 
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© Bouba N’Djida Safari Lodge
Yaoundé, Cameroon - At least 89 elephants were killed by poachers last week in Chad, according to local officials, in one of the region’s worst poaching incidents since the massacre of over 300 elephants in Cameroon’s Bouba N’Djida National park in February 2012.
 
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Thai Buddhist leaders pray for poached elephants, call for end to ivory use
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Governments start to rein in ivory and rhino horn trade, give sharks and timbers better protection at wildlife trade meeting

A white tip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) 
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© Brent Stirton / Getty Images
Bangkok, Thailand - A critical wildlife trade meeting closed Thursday with decisions from world governments to regulate the international trade in several species of sharks and timber, and to start taking action against countries doing little or nothing to stop the illegal ivory and rhino horn trades.
 
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Statement from Phra Bhramapundit
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Polar bears, WWF and CITES trade bans

 
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© WWF / Mireille de la Lez/www.vanishingworld.se
12 March 2013 -- CITES listings control only international trade in wildlife and wildlife products. At WWF we often support complete international trade bans, for example when it comes to tigers and rhinos. But right now polar bears are a different case.
 
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STATEMENT FROM PHRA PAISAL VISALO Wat Pa Sukato Forest Monastery, Chaiyapum, Thailand
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	© © Brent Stirton / Getty Images / WWF-UK
© © Brent Stirton / Getty Images / WWF-UK

Statement: Carlos Drews responses to decisions from world governments to offer better protection for rhinos

Carlos Drews, head of WWF’s delegation at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) issued the following statement today in response to decisions from world governments to offer better protection for rhinos:
 
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STATEMENT FROM AJAHN JAYASARO
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Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) mother with youngster, captive, Chimfunshi Orphanage, Zambia 
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© naturepl.com/Andy Rouse / WWF

Apes swing into CITES

Governments at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, today agreed to develop a comprehensive reporting mechanism on the illegal killing and trade of great apes.
 
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Event Advisory: Thai Buddhist leaders to pray for poached African elephants and call for end to ivory use
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Governments fall short on immediate efforts to curb illegal ivory trade at wildlife trade meeting

 
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© naturepl.com / Karl Ammann / WWF
Bangkok, Thailand - World governments at the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) on Tuesday opted against immediate trade sanctions against several countries that have repeatedly failed to tackle the trade in ivory.
 
	© WWF / James Morgan
Ivory stockpile goes up in flames in bold move by Gabon government.
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Large numbers of threatened reef fish still traded

 
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© WWF
The humphead wrasse, a tropical reef fish, is still suffering from illegal and unreported international trade despite being listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
 
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Rhino poaching toll reaches new high
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New study reveals scale of persistent illegal Tiger trade

Tiger bones, skull & skin recovered by staff of the Royal Chitwan National Park, Terai Arc ... 
	© Soh Koon Chng / WWF
© Soh Koon Chng / WWF
Bangkok, Thailand, 7th March 2013—Parts of more than 1400 Tigers have been seized across Asia in the past 13 years, according to TRAFFIC’s latest analysis of confiscations, which includes new data for 2010-2012.
 
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© Martin Harvey / WWF

Central African elephants heading toward extinction

 
	© WWF / James Morgan
© WWF / James Morgan
Populations of forest elephants in the epicentre of the ivory poaching crisis have declined by 62 percent in the past decade, according to a report released today by conservationists. The study, which examines the largest ever amount of Central African elephant survey data, comes as 178 countries gather in Bangkok to discuss wildlife trade issues, including poaching and ivory smuggling.

Cameroon shows initiative as poaching gangs approach: WWF Director General

Statement by Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International, regarding Cameroon’s decision to send 600 soldiers to deter incursions from large and organized poaching groups recently detected moving across the Central African Republic from the direction of Sudan.

Poachers kill over 11,000 elephants in Gabon

Forest Elephant killed by poachers for tusks. Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Central African Replublic ... 
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© Martin Harvey / WWF
A new study confirms what has been long suspected: elephant populations are being decimated to the point that the survival of the species in Central Africa is now in question.
 
	© WWF / James Morgan
All eyes on countries fuelling illegal ivory trade
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New agreement between South Africa and Vietnam - A turning point in tackling rhino poaching crisis, say WWF, TRAFFIC

 
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© WWF/Sujoy Banerjee
Ha Noi, Vietnam, 10th December — A pivotal moment in efforts to tackle the current rhino poaching crisis took place today as the governments of South Africa and Vietnam signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve co-operation between the two states on biodiversity conservation and protection including tackling illegal wildlife trafficking.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by H.E. Edna Molewa, Minister for the South African Department of Water and Environmental Affairs and H.E. Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam during a visit by Minister Molewa to Vietnam.
 
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Illegal wildlife trade threatens national security, says WWF report
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WWF launches efforts to counter wildlife trade on Wildlife Conservation Day

 
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© wwf thailand
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) calls on individuals around the globe to join the fight to help save endangered wild animals. As December 4 marks Wildlife Conservation Day in the United States, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for an end to wildlife smuggling, which she emphasized as a major foreign policy and security issue. She added that wildlife trafficking is a global issue that requires a concerted global response.
 
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© WWF Thailand/Siramet Nithiphatsophon
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