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Colombia Creates New Marine and Coastal Area Benefitting Wildlife and Coastal Communities
January 5, 2018 – The Government of Colombia has recently established a new marine and coastal area for conservation and sustainable use in partnership with local communities in Tumaco, Colombia, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). 
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Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo) Will Be The First Marine Protected Area in Tierra del Fuego
SANTIAGO, CHILE (Sept. 13, 2017) – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet committed on September 9th to create a new marine protected area in Admiralty Sound in Tierra del Fuego. The new “Multiple Use Marine and Coastal Protected Area Seno Almirantazgo” will safeguard rich marine wildlife and the area’s rich cultural heritage, while protecting artisanal fisheries and promoting sustainable tourism.
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MOHAIR, MERINO, AND CASHMERE CERTIFIED AS WILDLIFE FRIENDLY™ IN NEUQUEN, ARGENTINA

NEUQUEN, Argentina (August 22017)—The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) and the Wildlife Conservation Society Argentina (WCS) are pleased to announce the Wildlife Friendly™ certification of high quality mohair, merino wool, and cashmere, in recognition of the efforts of a cooperative of criancero herders to co-exist with the regions native wildlife.

 

 

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La rápida destrucción de bosques en Centroamérica amenaza a las comunidades y fauna locales
Julio de 25, 2017 – Los bosques más grandes de Centroamérica están desapareciendo a una velocidad precipitada debido a la ganadería ilegal, las plantaciones de aceite de palma, y otras actividades humanas, todas los cuales están poniendo a las comunidades locales y las especies de fauna silvestre de la región en alto riesgo.
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People and Wildlife Now Threatened by Rapid Destruction of Central America’s Forests
July 25, 2017 – Central America’s largest remaining forests are disappearing at a precipitous rate due to illegal cattle ranching, oil palm plantations, and other human-related activities, all of which are putting local communities and the region’s wildlife species at high risk.
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Endangered Cuban Crocodiles Come Home
HAVANA, Cuba (July 13, 2017) – Experts from WCS’s Global Conservation Programs and WCS’s Bronx Zoo assisted Cuban conservationists in the recent release of 10 Cuban crocodiles (Crocodylus rhombifer) into Cuba’s Zapata Swamp as part of an ongoing recovery strategy for this Critically Endangered species.
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WCS Paraguay Reports Jaguar Killing in Loma Plata

Asuncion, Paraguay (July 3, 2017) – Following the event where a male jaguar was killed while wandering between houses in downtown Loma Plata, Chaco, Maria del Carmen Fleytas, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Paraguay Country Program, has issued the following statement:

 

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WCS’s Queens Zoo Helps Howler Monkeys Thrive in Belize

May 17, 2017 – Recent WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo surveys of black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra), translocated to Belize’s Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary 25 years ago reveal that the effort has been a great success, with monkeys now thriving throughout the reserve after going locally extinct 40 years ago.

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Scientists Confirm Dorado Catfish As All-Time Distance Champion of Freshwater Migrations
February 6, 2017 – An international team of scientists has confirmed that the dorado catfish (Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii) of the Amazon River basin holds the record for the world’s longest exclusively freshwater fish migration, an epic life-cycle journey stretching nearly the entire width of the South America continent.
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Andean Bear Survey in Peru Finds Humans Not the Only Visitors to Machu Picchu
January 26, 2017 – A recent wildlife survey led by SERNANP (Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado) and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) in the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu in Peru has confirmed that the world-famous site is also home to a biologically important and iconic species: the Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus).
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