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Entries for May 2017

Study Finds Congo’s Miners Often Resort to Hunting Wildlife for Food
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo (May 26, 2017) – A new study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has revealed how mining for valuable minerals in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a major driving factor in the illegal hunting of great apes and other wildlife for food.
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South Sudan Wildlife Surviving Civil War, but Poaching and Trafficking Threats Increase
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (May 24, 2017)—The first aerial assessment of the impact of South Sudan’s current civil war on the country’s wildlife and other natural resources shows that significant wildlife populations have so far survived, but poaching and commercial wildlife trafficking are increasing, as well as illegal mining, timber harvesting and charcoal production, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said in a report issued today.
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Study on Impacts to World Heritage Sites Receives International Award

NEW YORK (May 24, 2017) – A study led by University of Queensland (UQ) and co-authored by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), warning how World Heritage Sites are being damaged by human activities, will receive an Elsevier Atlas Award, which recognizes impactful published science.

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WCS’s Central Park Zoo Welcomes White-Naped Crane Chick

New York, NY – May 24, 2017 – A white-naped crane chick (Grus vipio) hatched at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Central Park Zoo has made its public debut. The chick hatched on April 29 and is only the second of its species ever hatched at the Central Park Zoo. 

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Global Conservation Leaders Call on Congress to Reject Cuts to US Foreign Assistance
Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2017) – As three of the world’s largest international conservation organizations, WCS, TNC and WWF call on Congress to protect our country’s investments in foreign assistance and to adopt a budget that continues to support our nation’s legacy of global conservation and humanitarian leadership.


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Are Wolverines in the Arctic in the Climate Change Crosshairs?
(Fairbanks, AK – May 22, 2017) –Will reductions in Arctic snow cover make tundra-dwelling wolverines more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought? 
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VIENTIANE, LAO PDR (May 19, 2016) – The following statement was issued today by Deputy Director of the WCS Lao PDR Country Program Santi Saypanya concerning a significant new penal code in Lao to crack down on wildlife traffickers with increased penalties.
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WCS: New EU Ivory and Wildlife Trafficking Measures Are a Step in the Right Direction

BRUSSELS, Belgium (18 May, 2017) – WCS released a statement in response to the European Commission’s announcement of new measures related to ivory and wildlife trafficking.

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Tiger Breakthrough: Camera Trap Time Stamps Provide Valuable Data for Conservationists
(Bangalore, India (05/18/17) –Spatial capture-recapture model analysis is often used to estimate tiger abundance. A new study led by Dr. Robert Dorazio of the United States Geological Survey, and co-authored by WCS’s Dr.Ullas Karanth, however, finds that dates and times of animal detections are often not factored into the analysis. This is despite the fact that this data is available when using “continuous-time” recorders such as camera-traps.
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Climate change refuge for corals discovered by WCS scientists (and how we can protect it right now)
May 17, 2017 – WCS scientists have discovered a refuge for corals where the environment protects otherwise sensitive species to the increasing severity of climate change. The bad news is that the reefs are showing signs of being overfished and weak compliance with local fisheries laws needs to be reversed to maintain the fish that help to keep reefs healthy. 
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