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NEW YORK (September 30, 2013)—Working in the rainforest of Central Africa—a region known for its diversity of wildlife—a team of researchers from Panthera, the Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Stirling, CENAREST, IRET and others has completed the first-ever survey in Gabon on a previously overlooked animal group: small mammal predators.The team compiled information from camera-trap surveys, direct observations and bushmeat studies, mapped the country-wide distribution of 12 carnivore...

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26 September 2013Wildlife in forest fragments more vulnerable to extinction than previously thought Species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously assumed, says an international team of scientists.In a study spanning two decades, the researchers witnessed the near-complete extinction of native small mammals on forest islands created by a large hydroelectric reservoir in Thailand.“It was like ecological Armageddon,” said Luke Gibson from the Na...

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An unprecedented collaboration will move beyond extinction stats to finding solutions for elephants under siege in Africa.

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96 elephants are killed every day in AfricaCampaign supports and amplifies Clinton Global Initiative to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demandCampaign calls for U.S. moratorium on ivory sales, bolsters elephant protection, educates public about ivory trade consumptionU.S. is a major importer of ivoryCampaign URL: www.96elephants.orgNEW YORK (September, 26, 2013) — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today a campaign to amplify and support the Clinton Global Initiativ...

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In May 2013, an elephant massacre took place at what many consider the best-protected site in Central Africa. WCS field biologist Andrea Turkalo, who has watched over the forest clearing of Dzanga Bai for more than 20 years, reflects on what this means for the future of African elephants.

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Categories: Elephants

Commitment’s Goal: Stop the Killing, Stop the Trafficking, Stop the Demand  An unprecedented collaboration – moving beyond extinction stats to solutions for elephants Elephant numbers have plummeted by 76 percent since 1980 due to ivory poaching; 35,000 slaughtered by poachers in 2012 alone Commitment Makers include: Wildlife Conservation Society, African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and World Wildlife Fund Commitment Partners: African P...

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For the first time, a mass stranding of whales has been attributed to sonar mapping.

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Investigation of 2008 melon-headed whale stranding in MadagascarConducted by independent review panel NEW YORK (September 25, 2013) — An independent scientific review panel has concluded that the mass stranding of approximately 100 melon-headed whales in the Loza Lagoon system in northwest Madagascar in 2008 was primarily triggered by acoustic stimuli, more specifically, a multi-beam echosounder system operated by a survey vessel contracted by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production (Northern M...

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Senate Resolution Seeks to Celebrate American Icon on November 2nd Senator Michael Enzi and Senator Tim Johnson introduce the National Bison Day Resolution Public urged to take action at www.votebison.org WASHINGTON (SEPTEMBER 24, 2013) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, Intertribal Buffalo Council, and National Bison Association today announced the introduction of a U.S. Senate resolution to recognize National Bison Day on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The resolution, which was introduced ...

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With an extinction crisis looming, reporter Elizabeth Kolbert writes for National Geographic on the importance of, conservation efforts by zoos—modern-day arks to protect the world’s biodiversity.

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