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Gabon's Conservation Leadership Earns Applause

November 17, 2014:  Director Dan Ashe and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service applaud Gabon's decision to protect more than 18,000 square miles of its territorial waters, home to one of the world's most productive marine ecosystems. Gabon also has 13 national parks that protect 10 percent of its land, and the Service is proud to support this conservation leader. Read the full statement here

One Year Since the U.S. Ivory Crush: Building Hope for Africa's Elephants

November 14, 2014:  Exactly one year ago, the United States sparked the imagination and conscience of the world when the Service crushed more than six tons of seized illegal elephant ivory. With the Ivory Crush, the United States assumed a leadership role in efforts to fight poaching and wildlife trafficking. Read more in the Director's blog.

International Affairs Chief Honored for Lifelong Commitment to Protection of African Parks

November 14, 2014: At its Protectors of African Parks benefit, the African Parks Foundation of America presented the Service’s Richard Ruggiero a bronze elephant sculpture to honor his lifetime commitment to Africa's wildlife and his support of African Parks on behalf of the Service. Ruggiero, the Chief of the Division of International Conservation, has been with the Service for 16 years. He spent 17 years gaining on-the-ground experience in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Republic of Congo, Gabon and the Central African Republic. Richard completed his Ph.D in 1989 with a dissertation on the Behavioral Ecology of the African Elephant in north-central Africa.

The Convention on Migratory Species adopted The Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative's Flyways Plan

November 10, 2014: The Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative's Flyways Plan for the America's was adopted by the Convention on Migratory Species Conference of Parties as their plan for the Americas! You can find more information at

Service Proposes Trade Protections for Four Native Freshwater Turtles

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, Q&As, and Federal Register Notice.

Buy a Stamp; Save a Tiger, an Elephant and Other Imperiled Species

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

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