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Entries for June 2016

Hawai‘i Signs Nation’s Broadest Wildlife Trafficking Ban Into Law
Honolulu (June 28, 2016) – As the “endangered species capital of the world,” Hawai‘i knows first-hand the devastating impacts of losing iconic native species. The state has now taken a historic step to help prevent the further loss of critically endangered species within its own borders and abroad.
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Bangladesh Rolls out SMART Patrolling Across the Sundarbans
Khulna (June 28, 2016) – In response to the threats of wildlife and forestry crime and illegal fishing to the Sundarbans—the world’s largest mangrove forest—the Government of Bangladesh through its Forest Department has expanded the scope of its current protection efforts
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Scientists Now Listening for Whales in New York Waters With Real-time Acoustic Buoy
New York (June 27, 2016) – Scientists working for WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) New York Aquarium and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) now have an “ear” for the New York region’s biggest “voices and singers”: the whales of New York Bight.
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WCS’s Queens Zoo is Accepting Registration for 2016 Summer Camp Programs for Children
Flushing, N.Y. – June 27, 2016 –As summer break begins, WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo continues to accept registration for Summer 2016 camp programs.
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Vote Bison Coalition Hosts Celebration of National Mammal Adoption
The Vote Bison Coalition held a special reception at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian to celebrate the adoption of the North American bison as America’s national mammal. 
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One of Africa's Most Biodiverse Regions Protected
June 23, 2016 – The Itombwe Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of Africa’s most biodiverse sites, had its boundaries formally approved today by the Provincial Governor – a critical step in establishing and ensuring the effective protection of this important site. 
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WCS Statement on Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016
June 22, 2016 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) applauds Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Reps. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-MP) and Ed Royce (R-CA) for their  introduction of the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016.
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DNA Testing Challenges Traditional Species Classification
Yangon, Myanmar (June 23, 2016) - Experts from (WCS) Wildlife Conservation Society and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have made a surprising discovery that could subvert the significance of traditional criteria used for species classification.
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WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) welcomed the Council of the European Union’s support for the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking this week. 
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Most Biodiverse Countries Spending the Least on Conservation, Study Finds

June 20, 2016—Countries that contain most of the world’s species biodiversity are also spending the least on a per-person basis to protect these natural assets, according to scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the University of Queensland. The authors also noted that spending appears to be associated with the country’s social and governance organization. 

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