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Calling All Artists: Elephants Need Your Skills

September 15, 2014:   In November 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Service crushed six tons of seized elephant ivory. Now we are asking you to design a way to display the crushed ivory so that it raises awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and reduces demand for illegal ivory. Visit fws.gov/ivorychallenge for all the challenge details.

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.

Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico, WWF TRAFFIC, and PROFEPA Join Forces for the "Train the Trainer" Workshop

August 19, 2014: Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico in partnership with WWF-TRAFFIC and the Attorney General for the Protection of the Environment of Mexico (PROFEPA) implemented a national capacity building "Train the Trainer" workshop for 37 government officials from the most relevant regions in Mexico linked to the regulation, monitoring, control and conservation of natural resources in the country. The ​workshop ​agenda covered a wide spectrum of relevant topics, from recent analyses on the status of wildlife management and trade trends in Mexico, to hands-on specimen identification techniques on ​CITES ​species​.  As a result, an additional 132 officers have received instruction from 18 trainees in 10 different states, with 6 more local workshops planned for the near future. Click here for more information about Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico.

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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