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Latin America and Caribbean
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January 22, 2013
Paradise Found for Latin America’s Largest Land Mammal
Paradise Found for Latin America’s Largest Land Mammal WCS documents at least 14,500 lowland tapirs thriving in Peru and Bolivia’s Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Weighing over 650 pounds, lowland tapirs are threatened by over-hunting and habitat loss NEW YORK (January 22, 2012) —Wildlife Conservation Society scientists have documented a thriving population of lowland tapirs – the strange forest and grassland-dwelling herbivore with the trunk-like snout – living in a network of remote nat...
December 20, 2012
Sharing Environmental Concerns with Ancient Mayans
On the eve of December 21--a significant date according to the ancient Mayan calendar--Director of WCS's Latin America and Caribbean program discusses the way previous civilizations interacted with nature. Dr. Kunen likens our contemporary relationship with the natural world to dilemmas faced by the ancient Mayans.
August 27, 2012
Patagonian Green Cashmere Certified Wildlife Friendly
WCS applauds efforts of Patagonian partners in sustainability NEW YORK (August 27, 2012)—It’s official: Patagonian “green” cashmere has been certified as “Wildlife Friendly,” according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, supporter of a group of eco-minded cashmere producers living in Argentina’s Patagonian Steppe region. The new certification—granted by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network—represents a victory for the Grupo Costa del Rio Colorado, a cooperative that works to minimiz...
March 27, 2012
New Agreement Protects 80,000 Acres of Guatemala Forest
Agreement will provide education, health, economic development, and fire prevention for local people in exchange for conservation measures Forest is home to jaguars, macaws, pumas, and other wildlife WCS signs agreement with Carmelita Cooperative, local authorities, PACUNAM, and Asociación BALAM with the support of the Guatemalan National Protected Areas Council (CONAP), the Association of Forest Communities of Peten (ACOFOP), Rainforest Alliance, and Foundation Albert II of Monaco NEW YORK (Ma...
March 01, 2012
“Green” Cashmere Protects Guanacos, Rheas, and Andean Cats on Argentina’s Patagonian Steppe
WCS assists cashmere producers to minimize wildlife impacts NEW YORK (March 1, 2012)—The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the efforts of Argentina’s Grupo Costa del Río Colorado cooperative in its first U.S. sale of “green” cashmere, produced through a system of sustainable practices that protects guanacos, rheas, Andean cats, and other wildlife of the windswept expanse of the Patagonian Steppe. With assistance from WCS’s Patagonian and Andean Steppe Program, the group has work...
February 03, 2012
WCS Finds Treasure Trove of Wildlife in Peru’s Bahuaja Sonene National Park
365 species previously undocumented in the area are found thriving in protected sanctuary NEW YORK (February 2, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Peru program announced today the discovery of 365 species previously undocumented in Bahuaja Sonene National Park (BSNP) in southeastern Peru. Fifteen researchers participated in the inventory focusing on plant life, insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles. The discovery included: thirty undocumented bird species, including the black-and-...
January 26, 2012
Rare Brown-Spider Monkey Hangs on in Colombia
A discovery of brown-spider monkeys in Parque Nacional Natural Selva de Florencia offers the critically endangered species a second chance.
January 26, 2012
WCS and Colombia’s National Parks Unit Confirm Rare Brown-Spider Monkey Living In Parque Nacional Natural Selva de Florencia
Only population of this critically endangered species living in protected area New York (January 26, 2012) — Researchers from The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Colombia Program and Colombia’s National Parks Unit have confirmed that a critically endangered subspeices of brown-spider monkeys is living in Selva de Florencía National Park in Colombia – the only national protected area with a confirmed population of this extremely rare primate.The brown-spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), is...
January 05, 2012
The Birds of Cuba
In winter 2011, WCS Conservation Scientist Steve Zack traveled to Cuba to represent WCS’s ongoing conservation projects on that vibrant island nation. A first-time visitor to the Caribbean and a passionate ornithologist, the birds that he saw there—in every hue, of every size, and in amazing multitudes—inspired this audio slideshow.
December 21, 2011
Dramatic Photo Shows Jaguar and Cubs from Bolivia’s Kaa Iya National Park
1,000 jaguars live in the vast bi-national Gran Chaco Jaguar Conservation Unit spanning southern Bolivia and northern Paraguay NEW YORK (December 21, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released today a dramatic photo of a female jaguar and her two cubs near the Isoso Station of the Santa Cruz-Puerto Suarez Gas Pipeline in Kaa Iya National Park in Bolivia. The adult jaguar, nicknamed Kaaiyana, has been seen with her cubs in the area for over a month; though WCS conser...
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