A Week for Sharks | Ivory Trafficker Convicted | Count Branickii's Terrible Mouse | Elephant ChampClick here if you're having problems viewing this email. Send to a Friend August 2013
A Week for SharksSaving Wildlife: Ivory Trafficker ConvictedPhoto of the Month: Count Branickii's Terrible MouseAugust Recess: Underwater Photo-OpSpotted on Facebook: Elephant ChampJoin Us: Sip for the SeaAugust Recess
So who's the man behind the mask? That's U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), of course! The Senator and his wife, Marcelle Leahy, seize every rare opportunity they can to SCUBA dive, a favorite hobby. Here in the Caribbean and around the world, Senator Leahy champions biodiversity conservation, our oceans, and the sea life that inhabits them.
We wish members of Congress a happy and productive August recess – and the chance for all to commune with nature!
Spotted on Facebook
©Barbara Kinney/The Clinton Foundation"I spent yesterday in Tarangire National Park with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Tanzanian National Park Rangers and lots of elephants. Great meetings and day!" – Chelsea Clinton
We want to thank Chelsea Clinton for visiting with us in Tanzania. Tell her thanks and check out photos on Facebook.
Sip for the Sea
Join us on Thursday, September 12 at the Central Park Zoo for an evening to benefit the New York Aquarium as it recovers from Hurricane Sandy. Sip for the Sea features pairings of sustainable wines from The Hess Collection with sustainable seafood and other special offerings from some of New York's top restaurants. This signature event will be a festive evening and an opportunity to learn about the importance of marine conservation in the waters around New York.
©Dray van Beeck
A Week for Sharks
Shark Week is in full swing, and it's got us thinking about what a typical week really looks like from a shark's-eye-view. We do know that life for these ancient predators is a lot tougher than it appears on TV – 38 million sharks are killed each year to feed an appetite for shark fin soup.
But some populations are hanging on. Researchers from WCS and University of Western Australia recently found that in Fiji's largest marine reserve, where fishing is banned, sharks are thriving. The numbers buoy us up: Surveys showed two to four times more sharks living in Namena Reserve compared to adjacent areas where fishing is permitted.
This kind of success story is replicable – but we need the resources to help more countries adopt and expand these management practices.
Donate today to make it a banner week for sharks, and support our programs saving these ocean giants in Fiji and throughout the globe.
Ivory Trafficker Convicted
© Naftali Honig, PALF – Project for
the Application of Law for FaunaLast month, a notorious kingpin in elephant poaching and ivory trafficking in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Ghislain "Pepito" Ngondjo, was sentenced to five years in jail by the Congolese Supreme Court. The conviction represents an extraordinary victory in the fight to save Africa's forest elephants.
Ngondjo was convicted for the killing of scores of elephants and illegally selling their ivory, while recruiting new poachers and supplying them with illegal assault rifles. In addition, he made death threats against ecoguards and staff of Odzala Park, where he operated for more than a decade.
Photo of the Month
Count Branickii's Terrible Mouse
©Rene Wuest/WCSWeighing up to 30 pounds, this nocturnal, striped rodent is named after a Polish count who first described the species in the 1870s. It also goes by "pacarana" in its native Bolivia, where it's part of a new database chronicling the country's mammals. The database, produced by staff of WCS's Greater Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Program, details the range of 116 species of medium and large-sized mammals, including the mysterious Chacoan fairy armadillo and a small, spotted cat known as the "oncilla." By describing where the various species occur, the database will help the country to better plan for and succeed in their conservation.
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