Temminck's ground pangolin. Credit:  Maria Diekmann/Rare and Endangered Species Trust

Temminck's ground pangolin. Credit: Maria Diekmann/Rare and Endangered Species Trust

Pangolins Benefit as United States, Range States Gather to Plan Critical Conservation

July 02, 2015
Delegates came away from the first Pangolin Range States Meeting with growing hope that their efforts will conserve imperiled pangolins, thought to be among the most trafficked mammals in the world. The meeting was co-hosted by Vietnam and the United States and organized by Humane Society International.
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Elephant meat seized in June crackdown on wildlife traffickers. Credit: ©U.S. ICE
Elephant meat seized in June crackdown on wildlife traffickers. Credit: ©U.S. ICE

Service Joins International Action Against Wildlife Traffickers

July 01, 2015
A 10-day international crackdown on wildlife trafficking recently netted about 30 seizures of illegal wildlife at airports and international mail facilities in Miami and Los Angeles. Service Law Enforcement teamed with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to conduct inspections during the World Customs Organization led Operation FLYAWAY. Items seized during the operation included queen conch shell meat, sea turtle shells and skulls, elephant meat, tiger teeth and ivory pendants. Many of the confiscated goods are regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and some items are prohibited under the Endangered Species Act.
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2015-16 Federal Duck Stamp. Artist: Jennifer Miller. Credit: USFWS
2015-16 Federal Duck Stamp. Artist: Jennifer Miller. Credit: USFWS

New Federal Duck Stamps Go On Sale

June 26, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe bought the first 2015-16 federal Duck Stamp today in Memphis, as the new issue of the conservation stamp went on sale for the first time. The 82nd Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, chosen from among 186 entries, depicts a pair of ruddy ducks painted by Jennifer Miller of Olean, N.Y. Proceeds from Duck Stamp sales fund wetland acquisition and conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System. The $25 stamps can be purchased online, at many sporting goods and retail stores, and at some post offices and national wildlife refuges.
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