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Crush the Demand: Help Raise Awareness about Poaching’s Devastating Effect on Elephants

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.

Announcement-Next Advisory Council Meeting 10/17/14

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.

In Dogged Pursuit of Poachers: Canines Combat Wildlife Crime in Africa

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.

Add Your Voice to Fight Illegal Ivory Trade

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.

International Affairs Program Announces Key Leadership Positions

August 20, 2014: Gloria Bell has been selected as the Deputy Assistant Director for the International Affairs Program,providing critical support and guidance to further the Program's mission and effectiveness of its conservation work. Dr. Richard Ruggiero will serve as the Chief of the Division of International Conservation, overseeing the Wildlife Without Borders Regional, Species, and Global Programs. Click here  for more information.

New International Trade Requirements for Several Species of Sharks and Rays

Effective September 14, 2014: If you plan to engage in international trade (e.g., fishing on the high seas and landing in the United States or in a foreign country, importing, exporting, or re-exporting) of scalloped, great, or smooth hammerhead sharks; oceanic whitetip sharks; porbeagle sharks; or manta rays; you need to apply for and obtain appropriate CITES documents. These commercially harvested shark and ray species were listed in Appendix II of CITES in March 2013 to protect them from over-exploitation for international trade. Click here for  more information on how to comply with these new requirements.

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