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WCS: Proposed USFWS and NMFS Regulations Would Weaken Endangered Species Act
In comments submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Commerce, WCS expressed its opposition to the Administration’s proposed changes to Endangered Species Act regulations that would undermine the core goals of the ESA, as articulated by Congress.
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COOL PAPER ALERT: The Risks and Benefits of Publishing Biodiversity Data
WCS co-authored a paper published yesterday in Nature Ecology & Evolution that debates whether to publicize the location of endangered species.  
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WCS Calls for Strong EU Domestic Ivory Trade Ban as Decision Nears
As the European Union (EU) continues deliberations on the potential closure of its domestic ivory market, WCS noted recent developments to call for the strongest EU trade ban possible.
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WCS applauds House Appropriations Committee support for key Interior conservation programs

WASHINGTON (June 7, 2018) – This week, the House Appropriations Committee marked up and passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations bill, which controls U.S. government investment in supporting international conservation and stopping wildlife crime.

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WCS Pushes for Combating Wildlife Trafficking Support on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (May 22, 2018) – WCS VP of Species Conservation Liz Bennett addressed the House Foreign Affairs Committee to stress the need for dedicated U.S. government investment to combat wildlife trafficking.

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Conservation groups applaud House introduction of WILD Act

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2018) – Congressmen Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act, a bipartisan bill which contains several measures that are imperative to conserving wildlife and wild places.

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Massive Study Across Western Equatorial Africa Finds More Gorillas and Chimpanzees Than Expected, but 80% Are Outside the Safe Havens of Protected Areas

A massive decade-long study of Western Equatorial Africa’s gorillas and chimpanzees has uncovered both good news and bad about our nearest relatives. The good news: there are one third more western lowland gorillas and one tenth more central chimpanzees than previously thought. The bad news: the vast majority of these great apes (80 percent) exist outside of protected areas, and gorilla populations are declining by 2.7 percent annually.

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WCS Thanks Congress for Continuing Support for International Conservation and Wildlife Trafficking Programs

WASHINGTON (March 23, 2018) – Congress has just passed an appropriations bill that will be very good news for international wildlife conservation. 

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Good News for Jaguars
Jaguar populations have grown at an average annual rate of nearly 8 percent across field sites where the Wildlife Conservation Society works in Latin America from 2002 to 2016.
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WCS: President’s Proposed Budget Would Be Devastating for Conservation, National Security and Economic Security

WASHINGTON (February 13, 2018) – The budget blueprint released by the Administration for Fiscal Year 2019 spending is shortsighted and harmful to American interests.

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