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Latest initiative implores soldiers to cross illegal wildlife products off the holiday gift list, outlines costs to career, mission, and security   NEW YORK (December 22, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society today announced the release of Caught in the Crosshairs: Combating the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Iraq and Afghanistan—a new video aimed at informing U.S. military personnel about the consequences of buying illegal wildlife products when deployed or stationed overseas. The video, seen ...
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Camera trap images tell a story of the survival of Afghanistan’s rugged wildlife and continued threats to many species NEW YORK (December 5, 2011)—Recent camera trap images from the rocky terrain of Afghanistan’s central highlands have revealed a surprise: a Persian leopard, an apex predator long thought to have disappeared from the region, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. In a series of images that provides indisputable proof that the big cat persists in the country’...
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In conflict and post-conflict areas, conservation can play a key role in diplomacy by increasing stability and providing economic opportunities.
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Wildlife Conservation Society: Conservation Plays Diplomatic Role in War-Torn Regions WCS operates conservation programs in Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Democratic Republic of Congo BRUSSELS (November 22, 2011) – In conflict and post-conflict areas, conservation can play a key role in diplomacy by increasing stability and providing economic opportunities, according to a team of conservationists hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) who spoke at an ev...
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Trail to summit of Noshaq now open to mountaineers as WCS and others anticipate return of tourism to mountain. NEW YORK (August 10, 2011)—Closed off from the outside world for decades due to regional insecurity, Afghanistan’s highest mountain—Mount Noshaq—is once again accessible to the mountaineering community, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, Australian Geographic Outdoor, and other groups. Located in the Hindu Kush Mountains of the Wakhan Corridor, an isolate...
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TIME reports on WCS's ongoing work in Afghanistan that has helped protect endangered snow leopards and other wildlife in the conflict-plagued eastern province of Nuristan.

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Wildlife Conservation Society recommends international monitoring, protection needed for Marco Polo sheep NEW YORK (July 22, 2011)—A genetic study of the world’s largest sheep species has revealed that the big-horned animals travel extensively across the moutainous borders of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and China according to Wildlife Conservation Society researchers with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Using a non-invasive...
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Camera trap photos unveil a healthy population of snow leopards living in Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor. Despite ongoing violent conflict in the country, WCS conservationists work with local communities to protect the nation's natural heritage.

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Camera trap surveys show surprising numbers of elusive big cats in Wakhan Corridor in northeastern AfghanistanWith USAID support, WCS is working with Afghanistan communities on conservation to benefit wildlife and human livelihoods NEW YORK (July 13, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society has discovered a surprisingly healthy population of rare snow leopards living in the mountainous reaches of northeastern Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, according to a new study.The discovery gives hope to th...
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Awestruck researchers add Afghan natural wonder to list of behemoths NEW YORK (March 30, 2011)—Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society have stumbled upon a geological colossus in a remote corner of Afghanistan: a natural stone arch spanning more than 200 feet across its base.  Located at the central highlands of Afghanistan, the recently discovered Hazarchishma Natural Bridge is more than 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet) above sea level, making it one of the highest large nat...
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