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New WCS-led Study documents rise of big cats in urbanized landscape in India Camera trap photos show leopards, hyenas – and lots of people NEW YORK (March 28, 2013) — A new study led by WCS-India scientist Vidya Athreaya finds that certain landscapes of western India completely devoid of wilderness and with high human populations are crawling with a different kind of backyard wildlife: leopards. The study found as many as five adult large carnivores, including leopards and striped...
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The future looks bleak for Africa’s lions. According to a new report, a fence may be the only thing that stands between them and extinction.
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Wildlife Conservation Society reports good news for iconic big cats in India, Thailand, and Russia Indian tiger numbers soar in Western Ghats Thailand sees record tiger numbers in key protected area Russia develops new anti-poaching laws and protected areas NEW YORK (December 26, 2012)—The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today significant progress for tigers in three key landscapes across the big cat’s range due to bette...
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Despite dangerously low global numbers, tigers are rebounding in three significant landscapes where WCS operates. Success in India, Thailand, and Russia fosters hope for these iconic big cats.
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Indian tiger numbers soar in Western Ghats Thailand sees record tiger numbers in key protected areaRussia develops new anti-poaching laws and protected areas  NEW YORK (December 21, 2012)—The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today significant progress for tigers in three key landscapes across the big cat’s range due to better law enforcement, protection of additional habitat, and strong government partnerships...
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WCS commends villages from southwest India for helping to save a tiger injured by barbed-wire fencing. Their swift and peaceful actions ensured survival for the regal feline, now undergoing treatment at the Mysore Zoo.
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Wildlife Conservation Society commends village of Nidugumba for demonstrating a “model response” to injured big cat  Tiger is currently being treated at Mysore Zoo  NEW YORK (December 12, 2012) — The Wildlife Conservation Society commends the village of Nidugumba in Karnataka State in southwest India for its swift action to save an injured tiger that had become caught in a barbed wire fence last week.  The female adult tiger was discovered...
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WCS recently celebrated a groundbreaking achievement: collaring snow leopards for the first time in Afghanistan. USA Today reports on this effort--documented by National Geographic--and the larger challenges facing big cats around the world.  


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Exhibit educates millions of visitors about plight of wild tigersTigers are critically endangered with fewer than 3,200 remaining in the wildTo celebrate the tiger triplets, $3 off all Total Experience Tickets purchased onlineView the video: http://youtu.be/0TokSkePO1QBronx, NY – Sept. 5, 2012 – The Tiger Mountain exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo roared with new activity today as three Amur tiger cubs made their public debut. The cubs were born to mother Katharina and fat...
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Wildlife Conservation Society, Afghanistan veterinarians, National Geographic Society, and Nat Geo WILD achieve what has been the impossible Research will be featured in Third Annual Big Cat Week, airing this December on Nat Geo WILD WAKHAN CORRIDOR, AFGHANISTAN, July 17, 2012 – Two snow leopards were captured, fitted with satellite collars, and released for the first time in Afghanistan by a team of Wildlife Conservation Society conservationists and Afghan veterinarians conducting resear...
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