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STUDY: Since 2000, A Mexico-Sized Chunk of Intact Land Has Been Swallowed up by Humanity
New York (Embargoed until September 18 at 11:00 am ET) – A team of researchers from University of Queensland, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other groups  have found that an area of biologically important “intact” land the size of Mexico has been swallowed up by human development since the year 2000. Publishing their results in the journal One Earth, the team used the “Human Footprint,” to measure humanity’s impact on land using metrics such...
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THREE Canada Lynx Cubs Debut at the Queens Zoo
Flushing, N.Y. – September 14, 2020 – There is new activity afoot in the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) habitat at the Queens Zoo as three cubs have made their public debut. The cubs, one male and two females, were born in May while the zoo was temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, they bonded with their mother and are now mature enough to begin exploring their exhibit. “Lynx cubs are really fun to watch at this age. Their characteristically lar...
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Bronx Zoo's BOO at the ZOO is ON!
Bronx, NY – Sept. 11, 2020 – Summer may be coming to a close, but the Bronx Zoo’s BOO at the ZOO is back. The Halloween-themed event is a family favorite for New Yorkers and a tradition that marks the beginning of fall with seasonal activities for all ages. Boo at the Zoo begins Thursday, October 1 and will welcome Halloween revelers each Thursday through Sunday until November 1 (including Monday, October 12). Activities will include traditional favorites such as daily magic an...
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Islands in the Storm: Less than Ten Percent of the Global Protected Area Network is Connected

A new study appearing in the journal Nature Communications finds that that less than ten percent of the world’s protected areas are connected, and that increased isolation, due to human threats such as land clearing for agriculture, mining, and urbanization, is limiting the ability of the global protected area estate to prevent further biodiversity loss.

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Conservationists Discover Babies of one of the World’s Most Endangered Crocodiles

WCS released pics and video today showing critically endangered Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) – among the world’s most endangered crocodile species – swimming in a natural lake in Sre Ambel district of Koh Kong Province, Cambodia.

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WCS’s Dr. Michael Goulding Awarded Prestigious 2020 Parker/Gentry Award  For Conservation Contributions (English and Spanish)

Dr. Michael Goulding, senior aquatic scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), has received the 2020 Parker/Gentry Award, from The Field Museum based in Chicago, honoring his 40 years-plus of transformative work in the Amazon basin.

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International Vulture Awareness Day News (English and Spanish)
Just in time for World Vulture Day comes a new scientific book: “Saving the Symbol of the Andes: A Range Wide Conservation Priority Setting Exercise for the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus).” 
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Wildlife Conservation Society Announces Underwater Drone Initiative
In partnership with Sofar Ocean Technologies, a San Francisco-based company specializing in ocean exploration, WCS is opening a call for applications for organizations that would like to work with Sofar’s underwater drone, the Trident.  
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First Ever Analysis for Southeast Asia Documents 64 Exceptional and Diverse Ecosystems in Myanmar

A team led by WCS and Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, along with James Cook University, University of New South Wales and IUCN have completed the first IUCN Red List assessment for ecosystems in Southeast Asia, identifying 64 individual ecosystems types for Myanmar.

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STUDY: To Save Wildlife from Extinction, Protect Indigenous Peoples’ Lands

A team of researchers from the University of Queensland, WCS, and other organizations, conducting a first-of-its-kind analysis, found that Indigenous Peoples’ lands are critical to the survival of thousands of species of Threatened and Endangered wildlife.

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