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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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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Could Include Provisions that Help Curb Wildlife Trafficking in Asia Washington, D.C. – December 7, 2012 – In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, the Wildlife Conservation Society urged the United States government to maintain its commitment to environmental provisions to stop illegal wildlife trade during ongoing trade talks with countries in Southeast Asia. The United States has proposed a binding and enforceable conservation chapter for...
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WCS's CEO, Dr. Cristián Samper, addresses the link between wildlife trafficking, crime, and disease in a new statement published online with the Huffington Post. To eradicate trafficking, he urges conservationists and citizens to "protect the source, break the chain and stop demand."


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WCS CEO Cristián Samper: “We need to protect the source,break the chain and stop demand.” Join the Global Pledge at WildlifePledge.org Washington, D.C. – December 4, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society, in concert with the U.S. State Department, urged citizens around the world to pledge to help stop the illegal wildlife trade on Wildlife Conservation Day, December 4th. The pledge, found online at WildlifePledge.org, was conceived by ...
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New York (December 3, 2012)  WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper issued the following statement for Wildlife Conservation Day:  The Connection Between Species Extinction, Organized Crime Illegal wildlife trafficking may prove to be the demise of many of our Earth’s species. Further, this activity – which is snuffing out the last populations of elephants, tigers and other animals -- finances organized crime and augments the sp...
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted an event on wildlife trafficking, with a panel moderated by WCS CEO, Dr. Cristián Samper. Dr. Samper also released a statement reiterating the need to advance initiatives that will halt wildlife trafficking.
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