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Jeffrey Flocken is the DC Office Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare where he leads the organization’s team of legislative professionals advocating for U.S. policy initiatives on behalf of wildlife conservation and animal welfare. Before this appointment in 2007, Mr. Flocken worked for five years as an International Affairs Specialist in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Division of International Conservation, where he focused on international species conservation policy, outreach, and global conservation grant programs.

Prior to joining the Service, he worked as an Education, Policy and Outreach Director for Conservation International. He has a law degree from Wayne State University, and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan. Before working at Conservation International, Mr. Flocken created and managed the leading national endangered species conservation campaign for the United States' largest conservation organization, National Wildlife Federation. In this capacity he worked on national and regional endangered species policy, orchestrated species conservation initiatives across North America, and developed-award winning educational and outreach materials on the need for endangered species conservation.

Additionally, Mr. Flocken has worked with the general counsel at Greenpeace, USA; edited for the scholarly publication, The Yearbook of International Environmental Law; and served as a toxics policy specialist negotiating for higher water-quality standards in the Great Lakes watershed region.

Mr. Flocken has served as a consultant on numerous movies, books and television shows addressing wildlife conservation topics. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Jaguar Conservation Fund, and the Steering Committee for the IUCN Tapir Specialist Group. Mr. Flocken is also the founder and Board co-Chair of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders initiative which mentors and provides campaign training for up-and-coming leaders in the wildlife field.

Entries by Jeffrey Flocken

IFAW Q&A with The Jungle Book Director Jon Favreau

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 4:17 PM


Walt Disney's live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book continues to break box-office records, and has been greeted with adoration by both fans and critics. The movie --which showcases an array of incredible animals--features the unique and highly endangered pangolin as one...

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Why States Need to Battle the Ivory Wars

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 5:26 PM

The global illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth 10 to 20 billion dollars. Every month there are seizures of elephant ivory, rhino horn, frozen pangolin carcasses, and both whole live animals and dead animals confiscated while being smuggled across borders. Interpol estimates that what is apprehended is likely...

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Tragedy of Cecil: Leader of Pride, Victim of Trophy Hunt

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 1:10 PM

Earlier this month, Cecil the Lion -- a local celebrity who had reached iconic status amongst visiting tourists and researchers -- was lured with food out of the safe confines of a national park in Zimbabwe.

He was then shot with a cross-bow, allegedly by a...

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Pangolins in Peril: The Most Illegally Trafficked Mammal (You've Never Heard of) Needs Protection

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 12:15 PM

If you're like most Americans, you've probably never heard of pangolins. Yet around the world, they are facing an unprecedented crisis. These small-to-medium sized African and Asian mammals are defined by their horny overlapping scales, a small head with an elongated snout, a long sticky tongue, and a...

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Stop Senseless Trophy Hunting

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 2:18 PM

Late last week, the Dallas Safari Club announced that they would be auctioning off an elephant hunt in Africa as part of their annual fundraising gala. This sadly echoes the club's auction last year for the opportunity to kill a critically endangered black rhino in Namibia...

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Welcome "Threatened" Listing Would Help Protect African Lions From Trophy Hunting

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Responding to a petition submitted by IFAW and a coalition of animal welfare groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced its proposed rule to list African lions as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

This decision is a victory for lions--until now,...

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No Cheers for Trophy Hunting

(8) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:09 PM

This week, a 19-year-old Texas college cheerleader caused a stir when she posted photos online of her posing with imperiled African wildlife that she had hunted. An elephant, a lion, a leopard and a tranquilized white rhino -- which she claimed was conveniently in need of being knocked-out...

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Melissa Bachman's Sport Killing of a Lion Sends the Wrong Message

(18) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 5:35 PM

Here is a short test -- which of the following items are illegal to import into the United States?

a). Drugs

b). Lion Carcass

c). Firearms

d). Live Birds

Actually, they are all illegal, with the exception of the lion carcass -- which is incentive enough for those like television...

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Banding Together to Ban Trophy Hunting and Protect African Lion Livelihood

(5) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 8:24 PM

Countries worldwide are noticing the detrimental effects trophy hunting has on already decimated wildlife populations.

Last month, Zambia's Minister of Tourism and Arts, Sylvia T. Masebo, announced that specific hunting licenses would be suspended as they had "been abused to the extent they threatened animal populations."

Now, the response of...

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Slowly But Surely, African Lions Roaming Closer to ESA Protection

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 5:30 PM

Recently, embattled African lions took one step closer to receiving much-needed protections from American trophy hunters still eager to kill them despite their dwindling numbers in the wild. By declaring that the species may warrant a U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing, the Department of the...

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Another Chance for Polar Bears?

(9) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 11:51 AM

In 2010, at an international conservation convention in Doha, the nations of the world had the opportunity to put into place new protections for imperiled polar bears against unsustainable international trade. However, with a final tally of 48 "for" to 62 "against," the vote went against the polar bear. During...

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Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend; Ivory Is Her Worst Enemy

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 4:36 PM

New York City's Diamond District received a wake-up call on Thursday following the news that two jewelers and their stores pleaded guilty to marketing what prosecutors said was more than $2 million worth of jewelry and other gifts made from Asian and African elephant ivory tusks. The initial...

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Tragic Losses in the Heart of Darkness

(7) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 11:19 AM

Because the world's most imperiled species are sometimes found in the world's most dangerous places, the combustible mix of focused altruism and local desperation can collide and result in horrific tragedy.

Such a scenario occurred this past weekend in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) -- the setting...

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A Horned Little 60-Pound Bundle of Hope for Rhinos in Sumatra

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 11:01 AM

On Saturday, June 23, hundreds of conservationists, veterinarians and rhino-lovers around the world waited for news from the deep jungles of Southeast Asia. A female Sumatran rhino living in a breeding facility in Way Kambas National Park, Sumatra, gave birth to a baby male rhino calf named Andatu...

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Creating a Legacy on Endangered Species Day

(4) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 12:48 PM

Today marks one of the least known, but most significant, holidays of the entire year -- Endangered Species Day. Launched by the United States Senate, the annual event takes place the third Friday in May and is celebrated by thousands of people throughout the country at parks, wildlife...

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Donald Trump's Sons, No Apprentices of Mine

(7) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 1:52 PM

I was horrified to see the pictures just released of Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric taken from an African safari the pair went on in 2010 -- during which time they proudly hunted and killed a number of animals including an elephant, leopard, crocodile, kudu, civet...

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Conclusions of Trophy Hunting Study Has Lions, Animal Conservation and Welfare Groups Roaring in Disapproval

(3) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 9:38 AM

A new study published in the journal PLoS ONE makes the claim that allowing limited lion trophy hunting in Africa, rather than bans called for by numerous animal conservation and welfare groups, might better benefit the species. With the African lion continuing to roam closer and closer to...

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A Much-Needed Win for the Polar Bears

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 1:44 PM

With more and more scientists finding an accelerated shrinking of Arctic habitat, and on-going attempts by single-minded US congressmen determined to circumvent existing laws protecting polar bears, I'm happy to report that polar bears finally received some good news: thanks to a farsighted decision by a US federal judge, polar...

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Where Will Leos Be Without Lions?

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 5:08 PM

President Obama, Martha Stewart, Neil Armstrong, Lucille Ball, Magic Johnson, Julia Child, Robert Redford -- all born Leos, under the astrological sign of the lion that has ruled the month of August for thousands of years. Like lions, Leos are said to have powerful personalities, display...

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Killing the King of the Jungle for Fun

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 3:02 PM

Americans kill hundreds of African lions each year. They don't do it for protection or for food or as a cultural tradition passed down from generation to generation. They do it for one reason only -- fun.

Trophy hunting is the act of killing a wild or captive animal...

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