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04/27/2020
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As another way to celebrate #WorldTapirDay, check out this short video featuring Marina Rivero, one of the "Avengers" in the Bairds Tapir Survival Alliance. Read more here about her work: https://medium.com/@USFWS/introducing-the-avengers-for-bairds-tapir-conservation-f68135aad370

What’s a tapir? This shy species is the largest indigenous mammal in Central America (its closest relative is the rhino!). In an effort to protect the tapir’s dwindling population, National Geographic Photo Ark ZSL EDGE of Existence Fellow Marina Rivero is working to develop an effective conservation strategy. By gathering information on local threats within the Protected Area La Frailesca in Chiapas, Mexico, she hopes to protect the future of this unique species. #EarthDay

Happy #WorldTapirDay! Before he was a member of our CITES Wildlife Trade and Conservation Branch, our teammate Frank Koh...
04/27/2020

Happy #WorldTapirDay! Before he was a member of our CITES Wildlife Trade and Conservation Branch, our teammate Frank Kohn was a zookeeper. We always enjoy hearing his stories about taking care of tapirs...

Here's one about Squeak (pictured): "It wasn't even my first day as a zookeeper at the Audubon Zoo way back in 1980. I was being introduced to my new work area to meet the animals I would be officially caring for the next day and I was told by the keeper that I would help him medicate Squeak's foot.

"Who's Squeak?" I asked. "Our adult male South American tapir," the keeper replied. Up to that point the only thing I knew about tapirs was that a keeper I knew had been attacked by one, so I was a little on edge as we entered the exhibit and Squeak approached us.

The keeper told me to scratch him behind the ear and as soon as I started, Squeak sat down on his rear legs and eventually rolled onto his side like a content dog. Fear gone, Squeak and I were instant friends."

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a lot of diversity in career opportunities. Here's an interesting article abou...
04/23/2020
Interview with Omar Monsegur-Rivera USFWS, Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a lot of diversity in career opportunities. Here's an interesting article about one of our colleagues who works in Puerto Rico and with partners to study and protect endangered species of plants, including rare ferns.

The Isle of Enchantment has many treasures. Among them is our Conservation Champion for April 2020, Omar Monsegur-Rivera, a man who watches out for the diverse and numerous endangered flowering and non-flowering plants of Puerto Rico. Deeply respected and admired by his colleagues, Omar brings his p...

Happy #EarthDay! It is our mission to to protect, restore, and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats w...
04/22/2020

Happy #EarthDay! It is our mission to to protect, restore, and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats with a focus on species of international concern. We envision a world where all people value nature and conserve living resources for the well-being of life on Earth.

Photo by Tatiana Hendrix / USFWS

We recently received some terrific news from one of our partners, Fauna & Flora International (FFI). They have been work...
04/16/2020

We recently received some terrific news from one of our partners, Fauna & Flora International (FFI). They have been working with us through several grant-funded projects to protect sturgeon in the country of Georgia from poaching and illegal trade.

As part of their efforts, FFI staff have been building relationships with people who fish for sturgeon, with the goal of serving their needs and also protecting threatened sturgeon populations from poaching. People can eat these fish for their meat, or choose to eat or sell their eggs as caviar.

A tribute to some of the trust FFI staff have earned came when a person recently caught a critically endangered young ship sturgeon on the Rioni River and reported it to their staff. This was the first confirmed sighting of this species in quite some time! It was feared to be locally extinct. After taking some videos, photos, and a genetic sample, the ship sturgeon was safely released unharmed back into the river.

We are excited that the latest episode of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Talk on the Wild Side podcast features ou...
04/02/2020

We are excited that the latest episode of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Talk on the Wild Side podcast features our very own Earl Possardt, Program Officer for the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund. He talks about his work with communities to protect sea turtles around the world. Get ready to be inspired!

https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/media/TOTWS-ep0004-Communities.mp3

Photo credit: Dawn Childs / U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

We are thrilled to see USFWS International Affairs MENTOR-Manatee Fellow Aristide Takoukam and Program Coordinator Lucy ...
03/27/2020
‘A manatee is worth more alive’: the mission to save Africa’s sea mammals

We are thrilled to see USFWS International Affairs MENTOR-Manatee Fellow Aristide Takoukam and Program Coordinator Lucy Keith-Diagne recognized for their continued work to protect the increasingly vulnerable African manatee. After completing the MENTOR-Manatee program, Aristide earned a PhD from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and started his own non-governmental organization ammco_siren to conserve and protect marine wildlife in his home country of Cameroon. He and Keith-Diagne continue to be expert advocates for manatees and other threatened aquatic species across West and Central Africa.

Since 2008, the USFWS MENTOR programs have brought together teams of emerging conservation leaders for intensive field-based training, long term mentoring, experiential learning, and skill-building in project design and implementation. The 42 graduates have gone on to be some of Africa’s top conservation leaders and mentors in their fields.

Once branded ‘rogue animals’, the elusive creatures were on the brink of extinction, but hope is rising for their survival

03/25/2020
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Alaska

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Alaska

Two coastal brown bear mothers take a break from fishing to establish an acceptable distance from one another in Alaska's Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. They have regular conversations about personal space, using both verbal and nonverbal communication to get their point across. 🎥 USFWS/Lisa Hupp #WildlifeRefuge

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region
03/25/2020
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

Are you looking for new ways to keep your children engaged? We'll be sharing some fun stay-at-home science ideas to help you keep learning alive.

The most important skill for a scientist is observation. So grab a pad and pencil and head to http://ow.ly/NCZS50yUJeX to see what comes next!

As the coronavirus infects more people around the world, conservationists are warning of the risk to another vulnerable ...
03/23/2020
Africa's Mountain Gorillas Also at Risk From Coronavirus

As the coronavirus infects more people around the world, conservationists are warning of the risk to another vulnerable species: Africa's mountain gorilla.

As the coronavirus infects more people around the world, conservationists are warning of the risk to another vulnerable species: Africa's mountain gorilla.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  Mountain-Prairie Region
03/20/2020

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region

Take a virtual tour at the National Wildlife Property Repository! You can see some of the 1.3 million wildlife parts and products seized from ports of entry to the United States by Wildlife Inspectors with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Sessions will be held over the next few weeks on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30-11:30am MST. To register and for more information please contact [email protected] or visit: http://ow.ly/lZgw50yQsGc. Happy virtual touring!

Photo: Warehouse tour with Sarah Metzer by USFWS

On this International Women’s Day and every day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes the many women working ar...
03/08/2020

On this International Women’s Day and every day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes the many women working around the world to conserve wildlife and habitats for future generations. Since 2008, our MENTOR Programs in Africa have been training interdisciplinary teams of emerging conservation leaders, combining field-based training, academic and experiential learning, and skill-building in project design and implementation. Graduates include thirteen women who continue to work across Africa and Asia to address priority conservation needs. We believe that long-term mentoring and support to women in conservation is critical – recently, some of our graduates met with other leaders and USFWS representatives in Sierra Leone to exchange information, address challenges, share conservation success stories, and support and inspire each other to continue this important work.

To find out more about our MENTOR Programs, please visit:https://www.fws.gov/international/pdf/factsheet-mentor.pdf

Photo credit: Emma Gorenberg/USFWS

Caught and traded mostly for human consumption, adult eels are targeted for their meat while young glass eels are collec...
03/05/2020
Ensuring the End of the “Eel-Iicit” Trade: Operation Showcases FWS’ International Coordination

Caught and traded mostly for human consumption, adult eels are targeted for their meat while young glass eels are collected to be grown to marketable size in aquaculture farms.

In April of 2019, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and 14 member states of the European Union participated in a second iteration of the Wildlife Crime Working Group Intersessional Activity to combat illegal trade in the European eel, named Operation 'Eel-Licit' Trade.

Learn more about the high impact results of this effort in our new story ! #WorldWildifeDay #CITES #WWD2020

The theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day, celebrated March 3, was “Sustaining all Life on Earth.” With nearly a quarter of the Earth’s species facing the risk of going extinct in the coming decades, international coordination is increasingly important to ensure the survival of species –...

Happy #WorldWildlifeDay! Check out this new story we helped produce to talk about some of the important, but unsung hero...
03/03/2020
Don't Forget to Celebrate Plants on World Wildlife Day

Happy #WorldWildlifeDay! Check out this new story we helped produce to talk about some of the important, but unsung heroes of World Wildlife Day: Plants!

Each year, World Wildlife Day is celebrated on March 3rd. The date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. While many people use the opportunity to rightly celebrate the awesomeness of animals like elephants, jagua...

This photo shows village participants in the Terai landcape of Nepal harvesting chamomile which is unpalatable to wild A...
03/02/2020

This photo shows village participants in the Terai landcape of Nepal harvesting chamomile which is unpalatable to wild Asian elephants who routinely raid agricultural fields in this region. By cultivating unpalatable alternative crops, wild elephants are less attracted to the agricultural fields, reducing human-elephant conflict in this landscape.

This alternative crop project was supported by the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund we administer and implemented by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Nepal and Bardia National Park officials.

The forest seen on the left is Khata Forest Corridor that connects Bardia National Park of Nepal and Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary of India. The corridor is home to Asian elephants, rhinoceros, and tigers. Villages and agriculture are in close proximity to the protected area and the resulting human-wildlife conflict leads to many human and wildlife fatalities and injuries each year.

Tomorrow is #WorldWildlifeDay, and we will have several stories celebrating wildlife and CITES, which the holiday was cr...
03/02/2020
A CITES Sustainable Trade Success Story: American Alligator Recovery and Trade

Tomorrow is #WorldWildlifeDay, and we will have several stories celebrating wildlife and CITES, which the holiday was created to commemorate. One of the biggest success stories for CITES in the U.S. is for the American alligator. Learn more in this story.

In 2005, a story published in the Endangered Species Bulletin of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told the story of the conservation and comeback of American alligators. While some aspects of the story might have changed in the fifteen years since then, the underlying foundation of the story is th...

We are excited that Mauro Zavala Varela, a partner and beneficiary of our Central America Grant Program, has received a ...
02/10/2020

We are excited that Mauro Zavala Varela, a partner and beneficiary of our Central America Grant Program, has received a Disney Conservation Hero Award.

“Not being able to do it all is not an excuse to do nothing,” said Mauro, who is the last ranger in Jeannette Kawas National Park, a critical conservation site for jaguars, sea turtles, parrots, dolphins and manatees. Mauro has patrolled 7,000 kilometers while protecting the park against deforestation, poaching and illegal fishing. Mauro passionately and determinedly undertakes his work, keeping the park alive through law enforcement efforts and by serving as a hero to local villagers who depend on the park’s sustainable use. His work provides a better future for people and wildlife in Honduras.

Congratulations to Mauro!

Read more: https://www.panthera.org/mauro-zavala-varela-receives-disney-conservation-hero-award?fbclid=IwAR07RHLSszw7PVZtDj4PzyZZQEp6339bVnY6XzsWDobPbYLzCsB7M_53RZk

Did you know that more than 400 orchid species are native to the United States and its territories? Learn more about new...
02/07/2020
New Stamps Showcase Orchids Native to United States

Did you know that more than 400 orchid species are native to the United States and its territories? Learn more about new postal stamps that will feature some of our native species that we help protect through CITES.

On February 21, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the exotic beauty of orchids with the release of 10 new Forever stamps, each featuring a photograph of a native U.S. species, including: California lady's slipper (Cypripedium californicum), crested coralroot orchid (Hexalectris spicata), showy la...

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, formerly of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after a federal jury...
01/23/2020
"Joe Exotic" Sentenced to 22 Years for Murder-For-Hire and for Violating the Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, formerly of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after a federal jury convicted him of crimes including personally shooting and killing five tigers without a veterinarian present violating the Endangered Species Act, falsifying records of wildlife transactions in interstate commerce violating the Lacey Act, and repeatedly seeking to have a woman in Florida murdered in exchange for money.

"Wildlife crime is often connected with other criminal activity such as fraud, narcotics, money-laundering and smuggling. Mr. Maldonado-Passage added murder-for-hire," said Edward Grace, Assistant Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement. "The Service along with our partners will continue to bring to justice those involved in wildlife trafficking and other assorted crimes. The successful outcome of this investigation is the result of working jointly with the U. S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Oklahoma, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to ensure the protection of a federally protected species."

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Oklahoma FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, January 22, 2020 "Joe Exotic" Sentenced to 22 Years for Murder-For-Hire and for Violating the Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act OKLAHOMA CITY – JOSEPH MALDONADO-PASSAGE, also known as Jo...

THEY ARE BACK! After a hiatus, the Save Vanishing Species Stamp is now available again. Your purchases of the stamp help...
01/21/2020
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THEY ARE BACK!

After a hiatus, the Save Vanishing Species Stamp is now available again. Your purchases of the stamp help support conservation projects for endangered elephants, rhinos, tigers, great apes, and sea turtles. Please consider using them!

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Did you know that elephants sleep little on average compared to other mammals? One study on wild African elephants found...
01/16/2020

Did you know that elephants sleep little on average compared to other mammals? One study on wild African elephants found it could be as little as 2 hours per night. Check out this gorgeous camera trap photo of an Asian elephant.

Photo Credit: Thung Yai West Wildlife Sanctuary

"At this time of year, Gebhardt told me after he arrived, he hunts ginseng full-time. “It’s the only thing I do,” he sai...
01/13/2020
Demand for ginseng is creating a ‘wild west’ in Appalachia

"At this time of year, Gebhardt told me after he arrived, he hunts ginseng full-time. “It’s the only thing I do,” he said. “It’s my chance to make more money than I do as a carpenter. I’m out every day of the week.” He said his girlfriend drops him off at the forest at 7 a.m., and he doesn’t quit until six in the evening. “Very seldom do I strike out.”"

With poachers cashing in on the Chinese appetite for American ginseng, growers are arming up.

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I cannot fathom how USFWS would vote with China??!!!! to allow export of wild elephants and their calves. Get a clue goddamn it!!!
I can't get your new post dec is the last
My name is Laurian Lenjo working with Wildlife Works as Community Relations Officer, The Climate Investment Funds together with the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco have invited me to attend "the power of 10: Shaping the Future of Climate Change" where we are meeting with different stakeholders to engage in dialogue and learn from each other and help shape the future of climate action. I would really like to attend to this event as i deal directly with indigenous communities where i am incharge of climate change and conservation education to change the lifestyle of communities and improve their livelihoods. I will appreciate if you link me with organizations that have funding opportunities where i can send my request. Any assistance will be highly appreciated Kind regards Lenjo
I'm trying to get an update on a cites permit for my trophy scimitar oryx from Mexico. The SASABE hunting & trophy logistics sent in for the permit in to USFws in my and he stated he is still waiting for the permit. Is there a way to get an update and why it is taking so long?
Really? I am ashamed to say I did not know about this misuse of my tax dollars. This is exactly why Trump won. Drain this swamp now!
Help us please. The authorities of Cyprus must make their decision. They know this petition. Getting the most signatures is our only chance to save Congo, hostage in Cyprus. Thank you !!!! https://www.mesopinions.com/petition/animaux/sauvons-lion-congo/40895
Just saw this on the today show (had to stop working and listen). We can support by buying our postage stamps from tiger stamp.com. They saved a 10 day old elephant from drowning and brought to the elephant sanctuary.
Are you allowing animal trophy parts into the U.S. again?????
HOW CAN YOU LET THE IMPORT OF WILD ANIMAL PARTS, ESPECIALLY ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS WHO ARE ENDANGERED AND HELPLESS BE IMPORTED TO THE u.s. ???????????? HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE YOU PLEASING AND HOW MANY ARE YOU UPSETTING AND DISGUSTING????????? FOLLOW THE MONEY FOLKS FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!!! YOU SELL AN ENDANGERED SPECIES STAMP? YOU SHOULD ALL JUST GO AWAY YOU ARE TRAITORS TO YOUR SITE
I don't think the exploitation of wildlife populations abroad for the sake of wealthy American hunters is something you're meant to do. Please respect and protect wildlife, here and in other countries. I am appalled at your allowing hunting of lions and elephants (I understand the elephant hunting is suspended but it should be absolutely banned).