John Robinson

A Tribute to Jana Robeyst: Remembering Her Dedication to Wildlife

By John Robinson Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo, April 15, 2016 – A week ago, the Wildlife Conservation Society suffered the tragic loss of one of our field researchers, Jana Robeyst, in the Republic of Congo. She died after she was charged by an elephant while she was working with a team of fellow conservationists…

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Congo Ivory Burn Could Be Turning Point in Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

By John Robinson Today the Republic of Congo burned its confiscated hardwood timber and the country’s entire stockpile of illegal ivory. With the destruction of 4.7 metric tons of ivory, the Congo joins a growing list of countries opting to burn or crush ivory stockpiles as a means of sending a global message on the…

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Livelihoods, Jobs, and the Illegal Wildlife Trade

By John G. Robinson The illegal wildlife trade is big business. Not including the illegal trade in timber, it exceeds $19 billion annually. The trade is heavily capitalized and is part of the same criminal networks that are involved in drugs, weapons, and human trafficking. The impacts on wildlife populations – including elephants, tigers, and…

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A Massive New Marine Protected Area Network in Gabon

By John Robinson Sydney, Australia The first day of the IUCN 2014 World Parks Congress marked a significant win for the oceans. The President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon announced the decision to create a new marine protected area network of ten marine parks covering more than 18,000 square miles (over 46,000 square kilometres). The…

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