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Vote for Critically Endangered Lemurs Of Madagascar in Online Contest
March 1, 2016—Want to help save two critically endangered lemur species in Madagascar with your smartphone or mouse? Here’s your chance to make a difference.
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New Book on How to Save Forest Elephants Published as Extinction Crisis Deepens
January 19, 2016—A newly published book focused on promoting research and conservation methods and strategies for the African forest elephant arrives at a crucial time for this species, which is being decimated by poaching, habitat loss, and other threats, according to authors from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)  and other organizations.
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Scientists Discover Nursery Ground for Sand Tiger Sharks In Long Island’s Great South Bay
NEW YORK - January 5, 2016 - Scientists and veterinarians working for WCS’s New York Aquarium have discovered something noteworthy in the near shore waters of Long Island’s Great South Bay: a nursery ground for the sand tiger shark, a fearsome-looking but non-aggressive fish.
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Zambia’s COMACO Turns to Tablet Technology To Monitor Sustainable Harvests & Wildlife Protection
December 30, 2015—Members of the sustainable farming cooperative located in the Luangwa Valley of Zambia are going hi-tech in the ongoing work to combine food security with wildlife conservation, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). 
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Tacana Indigenous People of Bolivia Win Prestigious Equator Prize
PARIS - December 10, 2015 – Bolivia’s Tacana indigenous council has been awarded the Equator Prize for its efforts to reduce deforestation. For 14 years, the group has worked in the Madidi landscape to implement a community-based land-use vision for their ancestral territory.
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International Cocoa Award Presented to Carmen del Emero Tacana Community of Bolivia
December 4, 2015 –The Carmen del Emero Tacana indigenous community from Bolivia’s biodiverse Madidi landscape was presented with the International Cocoa Award in a recent ceremony held in Paris, France.
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Two New WCS Studies Look at Impact of Protected Areas

October 14, 2015 - Two WCS Co-authored papers: Protected areas and poverty; and Guiding principles for evaluating the impacts of conservation interventions on human well-being.

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Are Human Behaviors Affecting Bird Communities in Residential Areas?
Veery - These “area sensitive” species tend to fare better in large, contiguous habitat blocks. In a recent study, they were found to demonstrate a similar negative response to exurban development in the Adirondacks and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, despite the different geographies of the two study regions.
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Some species keeping their distance, while others cozy up to human neighbors Impacts on wildlife extend deep into surrounding forest (NEW YORK – February 25, 2013) – According to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), impacts to bird communities from a single rural, “exurban” residence can extend up to 200 meters into the surrounding forest. The study also determined that sensitive bird species such as the hermit thrush and scarlet t...
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Co-management approach safeguards marine protected area in Indonesian Coral Triangle NEW YORK (February 7, 2013)—Fishing communities living on the islands of Indonesia’s Karimunjawa National Park have found an important balance, improving their social well-being while reducing their reliance on marine biodiversity, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Western Australia. Over the past 5 years, the Government of Indonesia has turned Karimunjawa Nation...
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