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Scott Roberton, representative of WCS’s Vietnam Program, describes the country’s vast wildlife trade that is driving many species to extinction, as well as the progress being made to combat it.
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A new study by WCS reveals that the proliferation of the cashmere garment industry poses dangers to wildlife, including snow leopards, wild yak, Tibetan antelope, gazelles, and kiang, pictured here.
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Snow leopard, wild yak, Tibetan antelope, gazelles, and other species impacted NEW YORK (July 24, 2013) — A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Snow Leopard Trust reveals a disturbing link between the cashmere trade and the decay of ecosystems that support some of the planet’s most spectacular yet little-known large mammals. The study finds that as pastoralists expand goat herds to increase profits for the cashmere trade in Western markets, wildlife icons from the Tibeta...
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Cambodian tailorbird discovered within city limits of Phnom Penh NEW YORK (Embargoed Until 5 P.M. EDT, June 25, 2013) — A team of scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society, BirdLife International, and other groups have discovered a new species of bird with distinct plumage and a loud call living not in some remote jungle, but in a capital city of 1.5 million people.Called the Cambodian tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk), the previously undescribed species was found in Cambodia’s u...
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Facing serious threats from habitat loss and illegal trade, Kaiser’s spotted newt may be extinct in the wildRare Anderson’s crocodile newt also makes debut Brooklyn, N.Y. – June 3, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo is now home to five Kaiser’s spotted newts (Neurergus kaiseri) a colorful amphibian found only in a five-square-mile region in Iran. The critically endangered species may be extinct in the wild.Habitat loss includin...
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WCS builds assurance colonies in its zoos and in the field to help restore endangered turtles May 23, Thursday: World Turtle Day NEW YORK (May 23, 2013) — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today progress in its effort to restore some of the world’s most endangered turtles , an effort that combines the creation of assurance colonies at its zoos with in-country field conservation work. The announcement comes on World Turtle Day – a global celebration to bring...
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With the emergence of a new zoonotic disease, H7N9, WCS’s Bird Coordinator Steve Zack reflects on the increasing mingling of birds, humans, and domesticated animals across the globe, and the need for improved management practices by poultry farms and markets.
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Mongolian officials tour western U.S. to learn wildlife-friendly ways to counter the impacts of fences, roads, and railways BOZEMAN (April 9, 2013) -- In a classic example of East meets West, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has arranged for a Mongolian delegation of government officials, environmental planners and others to tour sites in Montana and New Mexico to exchange information and expertise on reducing the impacts that roads, railways, and fencing have on wildlife. Developme...
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Conservationists make available computerized anti-poaching tools to wildlife managers around the world SMART 1.0 is available for free at http://www.smartconservationsoftware.org  SMART is a partnership of conservation organizations including CITES-MIKE, the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), the North Carolina Zoo (NCZ), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) N...
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In their New York Times op-ed about the plight of elephants, WCS conservationists Samantha Strindberg and Fiona Maisels conclude: "If we do not act, we will have to shamefully admit to our children that we stood by as elephants were driven out of existence."
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