October 29, 2014:A booming international trade in turtles has put pressure on populations across the country and has led to concern about the long-term survival of our native turtles. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service today announced a proposed rule to bring four native freshwater turtle species – the common snapping turtle, the Florida softshell turtle, the smooth softshell turtle and the spiny softshell turtle – under the protection CITES. If finalized, this action will address the growing threat of illegal take and trade in native turtles. For more information, please refer to the press release and Q&As.
October 21, 2014: After almost a year, the public can again purchase the Save Vanishing Species Stamp at post offices and online. The stamp functions as a regular postal mail stamp that sells at a small premium. The additional money goes to the Service's Multinational Species Conservation Funds, directly funding conservation of elephants, rhinoceros, tigers, great apes and marine turtles. Click here for more information. Order Stamps Online
October 15, 2014: There’s still time! The submission deadline for the Crushed Ivory Design Challenge has been extended until 11:59 a.m. Dec. 31, 2014. The Service is extending the deadline in response to an overwhelming public request for more time to create thoughtful and informative designs. We urge you and your agency to be a part of this innovative public awareness effort to help save elephants and endangered wildlife. Click HERE to learn more.
September 29, 2014: For this meeting, the Council would like to focus on a broader range of wildlife trafficking issues beyond the elephant and rhino issues per the Executive Order's charge to the Council. To this effect, the Council seeks to solicit statements and testimony from experts regarding additional species impacted by wildlife trafficking that, in their view, deserve priority attention from the Task Force and Council. Details for submitting presentations on species impacted by wildlife trafficking to the Advisory Council can be found in the Federal Register notice below.
For more information please see the full Federal Register Notice of Meeting.
September 29, 2014: Dogs can be trained to be valuable partners in the fight against wildlife crime. They can help track down poachers and investigate crime - while providing safety to the rangers they accompany - or help detect wildlife products that have entered the supply chain. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has supported conservation dog projects since 1999. One of the program officers of the Service's Division of International Conservation recently participated in a review of conservation dog projects across Africa. Read more about his experiences here.
September 02, 2014: The Fish and Wildlife Service and National Geographic designed a public service campaign, now showing in New York City’s Times Square, to educate consumers about the devastating impact of the illegal ivory trade on elephants. Find out more information by reading the Director's Blog.