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Belize’s Glover’s Reef Providing Refuge For New Generation of Sea Turtles
November 29, 2016—A new generation of threatened hawksbill sea turtles is thriving in the protected waters of Glover’s Reef Atoll, Belize, evidence that efforts to protect these and other marine species in one of the world’s great barrier reef systems are working, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and the Belize Fisheries Department. 
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Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network and WCS announce first branded traceable certified wool from Península Valdés
Puerto Madryn, Argentina (November 4, 2016)—The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) and WCS-Argentina are pleased to announce traceable Certified Wildlife Friendly® wool—part of the “Patagonian Fibers with a Conscience” program—from the "Merino de Peninsula Valdés” ranchers who raise wool in coexistence with wildlife on Peninsula Valdés. The traceable certified wool is now available for purchase through a new online portal.  
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WCS Uses Facebook To Stop Wildlife Trafficking in Peru
NEW YORK (October 14, 2016)WCS’s Peru Program is fighting wildlife trafficking through a campaign that leverages one of the most effective means of reaching a wide audience: Facebook.
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Climate Change Will Affect Water Processes of the Amazon Basin, Study Finds
NEW YORK (October 12, 2016)—Climate change is likely to alter the hydrological processes of the Amazon River basin, according to scientists and authors of a recently published study which predicts that future trends could result in wetter conditions in the western Amazon and drier ones in the east.
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Peccaries of Mesoamerica Now Highly Threatened, Warn Experts
NEW YORK (October 4, 2016)Hunting, deforestation, and cattle ranching in Mesoamerica have become a triad of trouble for the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), an ecologically important species now threatened with regional extinction, according WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and a group of experts at a recently held meeting in Belize.
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WCS Honors President of Colombia  For Wildlife Conservation
New York, NY (September 20th, 2016) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today honored President Juan Manuel Santos for his role in expanding the national park system in Colombia.
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WCS Brazil Launches Pantanal Science to Bridge Gap Between Researchers & Communities

August 19, 2016 – Seeking to bridge the gap between scientists and the public, WCS Brazil and its collaborators have published Ciência Pantanal (Pantanal Science), a new scientific journal designed to inform rural communities of the latest in environmental studies and issues.

 

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Identidad Madidi Announces 1000 Confirmed Bird Species For Bolivia’s Madidi National Park
July 7, 2016 — WCS reports that the groundbreaking Bolivian scientific expedition, Identidad Madidi, has confirmed the 1,000th bird species in Madidi National Park, one of the world’s most biodiverse protected areas and a mecca of bird life.
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Belize Implements National Sustainable Fisheries Reforms
 June 15, 2016 -- This week Belize becomes the first country in the world to adopt a national, multispecies secure fishing rights program for all of its small-scale fisheries.
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Expedition Scientists in Bolivia Discover Seven Animal Species New to Science  In World’s Most Biodiverse Protected Area
April 28, 2016 – Scientists on an expedition through Madidi National Park—the world’s most biologically diverse protected area— have now discovered seven animal species new to science, finds that were made in 2015 and recently confirmed through careful comparisons with known species, according to the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and local partners.
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