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Entries for December 2015

Zambia’s COMACO Turns to Tablet Technology To Monitor Sustainable Harvests & Wildlife Protection
December 30, 2015—Members of the sustainable farming cooperative located in the Luangwa Valley of Zambia are going hi-tech in the ongoing work to combine food security with wildlife conservation, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). 
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Facebook Investigation Leads to Turtle Thieves
Dec. 29, 2015  – Two suspects have been arrested in Thailand in connection with the sale of critically endangered Burmese star tortoises on Facebook, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA).
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WCS Announces Favorite Wildlife Pics of 2015

NEW YORK -  December 23, 2015 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) released today its favorite images of 2015. Ten of the images come from WCS’s Bronx Zoo, and ten other images were taken by WCS scientists working around the world.  WCS works in nearly 60 nations and in all the world's oceans saving wildlife and wild places. 

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Large Permanent Reserves Required For Effective Conservation of Old Fish
December 22, 2015— Permanent marine protected areas and wilderness—places where fish can grow old—are critical to the effective conservation of marine ecosystems according to a new study conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society, James Cook University, and Lancaster University.
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Stowaway Indian Cobra Has Died
Bronx Zoo, Dec. 22 2015 – The stowaway Indian cobra rescued last week from a container ship, which was docked at a New Jersey port, has died.
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WCS Supports U.S. Government Actions to Protect Lions

Dec. 21, 2015 – The following statement was released today by John Robinson, WCS Chief Conservation Officer, and Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science:

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WCS's Prospect Park Zoo Debuts Hamadryas Baboon Infant

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Dec. 21, 2015 – A Hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas) was born at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Prospect Park Zoo and is making his public debut.  

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BAN THE BEADS: Microbeads-Free Waters Act Passes the Senate, on its Way to Becoming Law
WASHINGTON (December 18, 2015) – The Senate voiced its support for cleaner waterways and healthy wildlife by passing the Microbeads-Free Waters Act. The legislation, led by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in the Senate and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) in the House, bans the use of tiny plastic particles from use in certain personal care products that are harming aquatic wildlife and polluting waterways. The vote follows passage by the House of Representatives earlier this month. The bill will now go to the President for signature.
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Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo  Rescues Stowaway Cobra on Container Ship
Dec. 18, 2015 – Two Bronx Zoo herpetologists rescued an Indian cobra (Naja naja) which was a stow away on a container ship destined for the APM Terminals at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal in New Jersey.
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Omnibus Budget Passage is Good News for Wildlife

WASHINGTON (December 18, 2015) – WCS regards Congress and the Administration’s agreement on an omnibus federal budget as a win for wildlife, as the sides struck a balanced approach that was free from most harmful policy riders and maintained or increased funding to stop wildlife trafficking by terrorist networks and other conservation priorities, including supporting the Global Environment Facility.

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