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Entries for March 2016

WCS-Managed Grant Program To Fund Wildlife Adaptations for Climate Change
March 31, 2016 –  A grant program managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society is exploring new methods for helping wildlife in the United States to adapt to rapidly shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change.
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Wildlife markets in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) illegally trade in high volumes of protected species and animals that can host dangerous pathogens, reports a new study from an international team of leading wildlife health professionals.

This Lao PDR trade, which endangers the region’s biodiversity, has the potential to be a serious human health threat globally.
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STUDY: Micro-Sanctuaries Key to Survival of Wildlife in Human Dominated Landscapes
March 25, 2016 – A new study by a team of researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Manipal University, Centre for Wildlife Studies and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-India, says that maintaining even the tiniest wildlife sanctuaries will help preserve some biodiversity in increasingly urbanized landscapes.
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WCS Forest Elephant Expert Identifies Two Elephant Matriarchs Poached from Field Site
March 23, 2016 – WCS’s Andrea Turkalo, one of the world’s foremost experts on forest elephants, recently released information about two animals from her study site killed in 2013 when poachers from the Seleka rebel group infiltrated the Dzanga Bai forest clearing and slaughtered some 26 animals.
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Tiger Traders Arrested by Indonesian Police in Leuser Landscape, Indonesia
The Aceh Provincial Police, Bireun District Police (Polres Bireun), and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) announced today an enforcement action in a case involving trade in tiger parts. One perpetrator, arrested in Bireun, Aceh, Sumatra, on March 18, 2016, was linked to a second, who later turned himself in. 
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HOLY KALEIDOSCOPE! WCS Scientists Tally Boatloads of Butterflies
March 16, 2016 – WCS reports that scientists from the groundbreaking Identidad Madidiexpedition have identified a staggering 1,080 varieties of butterfly (950 species and an additional 130 subspecies) living in Madidi National Park – a New Jersey-sized protected area considered to be the most biodiverse in the world.
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WCS Signs Buckingham Palace Declaration to Shut Down Wildlife Trafficking Routes
15 March, 2016 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) was a signatory of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration today, which brings private sector transportation companies and international organizations together to fight wildlife trafficking.
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New York City Cultural Organizations Launch Campaign to Increase City Support for Invaluable Community Resources

New York City – March 14, 2016 – Cultural organizations of all disciplines and in all five boroughs have launched a campaign asking City Hall to increase operating support in the next city budget. New York City is home to more than 1,500 non-profit cultural organizations and millions of cultural audiences. New Yorkers and tourists alike are inspired every day by the city’s cultural offerings.  The campaign highlights cultural organizations of all kinds across the city and the means by which they have inspired their audiences. It tells the stories of individuals that were so inspired by culture as children that they have devoted their lives and careers to pursue a life that reflects those beginnings – bettering the city, their communities, and future generations of artists, musicians, performers, educators, curators, conservationists, scientists, and more. Visit

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A Rolling Stone Gathers No Mates
( NEW YORK – March 14, 2016) - Papa might not have been a rolling stone, according to a new study that examined the mating dynamics of transient wildlife that have dispersed from other areas.   The researchers found if males traveling from long distances are less attractive to females, connectivity can be greatly impacted.  They link these results to existing evidence showing that males from far-off areas have less offspring.
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Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network Welcomes WCS-Argentina and First Certified Wool Producers From Peninsula Valdés.
Puerto Madryn, Argentina (March 11, 2016)– The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN), a global community dedicated to developing and promoting products and tourism that contribute to the conservation of threatened wildlife and to the economic vitality of rural landscapes, is pleased to announce the awarding of Wildlife Friendly® Certification for “Merino Peninsula Valdés” to the Wildlife Conservation Society-Argentina (WCS) program, “Patagonian Fibers with a Conscience”.  
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