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COVID-19 WCS News Statement: Viet Nam Prime Minister Proposes a Ban on Trade and Consumption of Wildlife

WCS issues a statement concerning important steps the Government of Viet Nam is taking to prevent future outbreaks of zoonotic pathogens like COVID-19.

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Liquid Treasure of the Gobi: Water, the Climate Crisis, and the Wandering Khulan

Khulan (Equus hemionus), a species of wild ass living in the Gobi Desert, travel extremely long distances to meet their water needs – a strategy that will require urgent conservation interventions as local human impacts increase, says a team of scientists.

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Celebrating World Wildlife Day, March 3: Video Shows Daring Rescue of Trapped Elephant

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released dramatic video today showing the rescue of an Asian elephant that had tumbled into a Vietnam War-era bomb crater in Cambodia and couldn’t get out.

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Study: Wild Tigers Struggle with Work/Life Balance

Scientists track a tigress in Russian Far East and learn there is lots of running around, wolfing down big meals, and then back home to watch the kids.

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More Dead than Alive: Harvest for Ceremonial Headdresses Threatens Vulnerable Parrot Species  In Papua New Guinea

The demand for feathers for ceremonial headdresses from the highland cultures of Papua New Guinea is putting a vulnerable species of parrot in peril, say WCS scientists.

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A Remote Paradise: Afghanistan Establishes the Bamyan Plateau Protected Area

The Wildlife Conservation Society extends congratulations to the ​Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the establishment of the Bamyan Plateau Protected Area, a spectacular landscape of ​4,200 square kilometers with outstanding ecological, cultural, historical and aes­thetic value, nested in the remote central Hindu Kush Moun­tain Range.

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Besides Hot Water, Coral Bleaching Also About Location, Location, Location
As conservationists grapple with unprecedented levels of coral reef bleaching in the world’s warming oceans, scientists in the Indian and Pacific Oceans used the most recent El Nino of 2016 (the warmest year on record) to evaluate the role of excess heat as the leading driver of coral bleaching.
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WCS Congratulates Stacy Jupiter for Being Named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow, A Recipient of a Genius Grant
The following congratulatory statement was released by Dr. John Robinson, WCS’s Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science:
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Want to Cut Extinction Risk in Half? Protect Underappreciated (and Largely Unprotected) Wilderness Areas, Nature Study Says
Wilderness areas, long known for intrinsic conservation value, are far more valuable for biodiversity than previously believed, and if conserved, will cut the world’s extinction risk in half, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.
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WCS Releases First-Ever Video of Extremely Rare Bird on Nest
WCS announced that an international team of biologists made an important discovery, something that had not been seen in more than 40 years: the nest of a globally-endangered Nordmann’s greenshank (Tringa guttifer). 
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