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CITES CoP17: Conservationists Urge Immediate Action to End Poaching of Ploughshare Tortoise
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - September 26, 2016 - Unless the government of Madagascar takes swift action to enforce international anti-poaching and anti-trafficking laws, the country’s largest tortoise—the ploughshare tortoise (or angonoka tortoise)—will likely go extinct in the wild within the next two years. 
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Laos, China and Viet Nam Enhance Cooperation to Combat Transnational Wildlife Trafficking Networks
April 7, 2016 – Frontline enforcement officers from key provinces, ports and border posts in Laos, China and Viet Nam completed an inter-agency field mission this week to share experiences, approaches and update the situation on wildlife smuggling networks along the major Indo-Burma trade route. 
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 August 17- Kalyar Platt Receives the 10th Annual Behler Turtle Conservation Award

 

WCS congratulates Kalyar Platt of The Turtle Survival Alliance for winning the 10th Annual John L. Behler Turtle Conservation Award. Read about Kalyar’s story in a press release from TSA.

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July 13th - One of World’s Rarest Turtles Heading Back to the Wild
WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration announced today that 21 captive-raised southern river terrapins have been released back into their native habitat in southwest Cambodia. More than 150 villagers, government representatives, and religious leaders attended ceremonies for the release.
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TURTLE RESCUE: Conservationists Rally to Save Thousands of Illegally Harvested Turtles in the Philippines
July 6, 2015 – A consortium of conservation groups are rallying together to save thousands of illegally harvested turtles confiscated during a warehouse raid by authorities on the Philippine island of Palawan. 
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A Construction Milestone is Celebrated at WCS's New York Aquarium
Coney Island, NY – July 1, 2015 – The construction of a new exhibit at the WCS New York Aquarium, Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, has risen high above the Coney Island Boardwalk.
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June 12, 2015 – The following text is excerpted from remarks delivered on June 11 by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper and WCS Board Chair Ward W. Woods at the 2015 WCS Annual Gala, Turning Tides, at the Central Park Zoo.

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Scientists Studying Blue Whale DNA Uncover an Epic Journey by “Isabela”and First Link to Breeding Ground for Chilean Blue Whales
NEW YORK (June 11, 2015)—Scientists studying blue whales in the waters of Chile through DNA profiling and photo-identification may have solved the mystery of where these huge animals go to breed, as revealed by a single female blue whale named “Isabela,” according to a recent study by the Chile’s Blue Whale Center/Universidad Austral de Chile, NOAA and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
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Children’s Zoo Now Open at Bronx Zoo
Bronx, NY – May 30, 2015 – The Children’s Zoo at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo has undergone a renovation and has officially reopened to the public. Species new to the Children’s Zoo include giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), Linne’s Two- toed Sloth(Choloepus didactylus)South American coatimundi (Nasua nasua) and the world’s smallest deer: the pudu(Pudu puda). Other wildlife favorites returning to the children’s zoo include American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus)and South American squirrel monkeys(Saimiri sciureus) which now live on an island habitat surrounded by wading Caribbean flamingoes(Phoenicopterus ruber) and other dabbing waterfowl.
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Children’s Zoo to Reopen at Bronx Zoo After Renovation
Bronx, NY – May 27, 2015 – The Children’s Zoo at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo has undergone a renovation and is officially reopening on Saturday, May 30 with a weekend-long celebration. Species new to the Children’s Zoo include giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), Linne’s Two- toed Sloth(Choloepus didactylus)South American coatimundi (Nasua nasua) and the world’s smallest deer: the pudu(Pudu puda). Other wildlife favorites returning to the children’s zoo include American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus)and South American squirrel monkeys(Saimiri sciureus) which now live on an island habitat surrounded by wading Caribbean flamingoes(Phoenicopterus ruber) and other dabbing waterfowl.
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