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Operation Pongo sentencing

"I commend all the agencies that played a role in this successful investigation and prosecution. Orangutans are one of the rarest great ape species on Earth, and the desire to possess a skull from one as tourist art or trophy in someone's collection will not be tolerated." - Edward Grace, USFWS Photo by USFWS

Two Men Sentenced To Prison For Smuggling Endangered Wildlife Into U.S.


Two Malaysian nationals have pled guilty to conspiring to smuggle wildlife after they used mail parcels to smuggle five orangutan skulls and nine other protected species of wildlife into the District of Oregon. The Service's Office of Law Enforcement led the undercover investigation of Operation Pongo, for the orangutan genus Pongo


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How you can help fight wildlife trafficking


Two distressed sea turtles rescued on the coast after winter storms have taken an important next step in their journey to return to the ocean. Today, they caught a flight in Seattle aboard a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 transport plane to finish their rehabilitation at Sea World San Diego before eventual release to their home waters in the Pacific Ocean.

Two distressed sea turtles rescued on the coast after winter storms have taken an important next step in their journey to return to the ocean. Seattle Aquarium

Two Sick Sea Turtles Take Huge Step in Quest to Return to Wild


It takes a team to move two distressed sea turtles. The two turtles -- Comber and Tucker -- got a lift from Seattle to San Diego thanks to a tremendous team effort from the U.S. Coast GuardVancouver AquariumSeattle AquariumSeaWorld and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After a few more months of rehabilitation, their next stop will be their home waters off southern California.


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Beach erosion is just one effect of Climate Change
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A Strong Message on Climate Change for Earth Day


Earth Day has, for 46 years, been an event to call the world to action on major environmental issues and there is no greater issue today than our changing climate. On this Earth Day, Friday, the United States will become one of the first signatories to the Paris Agreement, a historic pact to address climate change and cut greenhouse gases.


Learn all about Earth Day

Read the Earth Day Message from Director Ashe


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