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Celebrating a New Generation of Conservation Practitioners for the Western Hemisphere

December 12, 2014: Assistant Director for International Affairs, Bryan Arroyo, was in Costa Rica last week to celebrate the graduation of the first group of students with a Master’s in Conservation Practice from Costa Rica’s Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). Read more about the CATIE Program and the Service's involvement in this web story. Get inspired by these interviews with some of the Program's recent graduates, who are ready to implement their new knowledge and skills and become conservation leaders in their regions and around the world.

Teaching People To Live More Safely Among Big Cats

November 21, 2014: Thanks to conservation efforts supported by the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund, the 40+ tigers in India's Tadoba - Andhari Tiger Reserve are doing well. Unfortunately, people living in the Reserve’s buffer zone are experiencing an increase in conflict with tigers and leopards. Tiger Research And Conservation Trust (TRACT), is working with the Forest Department and affected villagers to reduce human-big cat conflict. Read more about this project, the resilience of the affected villagers, and their determination to coexist with tigers in our latest blog.

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 http://bit.ly/10QPv6D

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