Ivory to be crushed in Bangkok, Thailand. Credit: U.S. State Department
Ivory to be crushed in Bangkok, Thailand. Credit: U.S. State Department

Service Commends Thailand’s Destruction of Illegal Ivory

August 26, 2015
The Service today commended the Royal Thai Government for its destruction of 2.1 tons of illegal ivory in Bangkok. The ivory crush builds on Thailand’s recent efforts to stem the illegal trade in ivory by listing African elephants as a protected species under Thai law and strengthening regulations governing the possession and trade of ivory and ivory products.
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Four-month-old California condor chick in wild, cliffside nest in southern California. Credit: USFWS
Four-month-old California condor chick in wild, cliffside nest in southern California. Credit: USFWS

Live-streaming Cameras Connect People to Rare California Condors Nesting in the Wild

August 26, 2015
People around the world have the unprecedented opportunity to observe nesting California condors and their young chicks in real time via two live-streaming webcams. Conservation partners are launching the cameras near the Service’s Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in southern California and at the Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Sanctuary in Big Sur along the central California coast.
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Young angler at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson / USFWS
Young angler at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Joanna Gilkeson / USFWS

Service Expands Hunting, Fishing Opportunities in National Wildlife Refuge System

August 25, 2015
Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the agency will expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. The final rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 100 additional refuges and wetland management districts. The Service manages its hunting and fishing programs on refuges to ensure sustainable wildlife populations, while offering traditional wildlife-dependent recreation on public lands.
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Black rhino. Credit: Karl Stromayer / USFWS
Black rhino. Credit: Karl Stromayer / USFWS

California Man Pleads Guilty in Sale of Rhino Horns

August 24, 2015
The Service’s Operation Crash, an ongoing criminal investigation to end the illegal trafficking in rhino horns, has scored another victory. A man admitted in court he sold rhino horn to an undercover Service agent. Poaching of rhinos for their horn has soared and threatens the animal with extinction.
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