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October 10, 2012
In the Land of the Maya, a Battle for a Vital Forest
Threats loom within Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve, a vast natural sanctuary that protects more than 5 million acres. Jaguars, pumas, monkeys, and tapirs are some of the species fighting to survive in a place jeopardized by drug cartels, illegal logging, and commercial hunting.
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...
December 29, 2011
WCS Presents “State of the Maya Biosphere Reserve” To President of Guatemala
Report details efforts to conserve and protect the country’s protected area and its people NEW YORK (December 29, 2011) — In a recent ceremony in the National Palace in Guatemala City, staff of the Wildlife Conservation Society presented Álvaro Colom Caballeros, President of Guatemala, and other high-level officials with the “State of the Maya Biosphere Reserve,” a report detailing the successes of, and current threats to, the country’s largest protected area. With the assistance of ...
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...
October 19, 2011
Bolivia’s Jaguars Set a Record
In a recent study conducted
in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park
, WCS researchers have identified a record number of jaguars through a digital camera trap survey.
October 19, 2011
WCS Uncovers Record Number of Jaguars in Bolivia
New digital cameras capture images of 19 individual jaguars i n Madidi National Park NEW YORK (October 19, 2011) – In a new camera trap survey in the world’s most biologically diverse landscape, researchers for the Wildlife Conservation Society have identified more individual jaguars than ever before. Using technology first adapted to identify tigers by stripe patterns, WCS conservationists have identified 19 individual jaguars by spot patterns in the rainforests o...
May 04, 2011
The Grass Gets Greener for Cows and Jaguars
A WCS study finds when Brazilian ranchers rotate crops in the Pantanal and Cerrado, they get bigger cows, bigger profits, and better ecosystems for wildlife.
May 03, 2011
Grazing as a Conservation Tool
WCS: Rotational grazing in native pasturelands benefits wildlife in Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado regions Pantanal and Cerrado are the most endangered ecosystems in Brazil – highlighted in new WCS book – Birds of Brazil NEW YORK (May 3, 2011) – Rotational grazing of cattle in native pasturelands in Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado regions can benefit both cattle and wildlife, according to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The techn...
July 09, 2010
No Snow in Lake Placid?
Climate Change in the Adirondacks Warns Upstate New York Climate, Could Become As Warm As Georgia in Coming Decades Wildlife Conservation Society scientist’s latest book creates a blueprint for Adirondack communities to become leader in renewable energy to stave off climate change ITHACA (July 9, 2010) –A landmark book released by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Cornell University Press finds that if...
July 08, 2010
Here Monkey, Monkey: WCS Study Finds Wild Cat Mimicking Monkey Calls
Predatory trickery documented for the first time in wild felids in Americas NEW YORK (July 7, 2010)—In a fascinating example of vocal mimicry, researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and UFAM (Federal University of Amazonas) have documented a wild cat species imitating the call of its intended victim: a small, squirrel-sized monkey known as a pied tamarin. This is the first recorded instance of a wild cat species in the Americas mimicking the calls of its prey. The extraordina...
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