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Video Captures Gorillas Hugging it Out
July 19, 2017 – Researchers from WCS’s Congo Program released touching footage of two sibling western lowland gorillas in a tender embrace.

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Endangered Cuban Crocodiles Come Home
HAVANA, Cuba (July 13, 2017) – Experts from WCS’s Global Conservation Programs and WCS’s Bronx Zoo assisted Cuban conservationists in the recent release of 10 Cuban crocodiles (Crocodylus rhombifer) into Cuba’s Zapata Swamp as part of an ongoing recovery strategy for this Critically Endangered species.

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WCS Releases Position Statement on 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee (41COM)
July 3, 2017 -- WCS released today a position statement for the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (41COM), currently being held in Krakow, Poland from through 12 July 2017

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July 3, 2017 – A WCS and University of Queensland (UQ)-led study published today urges the UNESCO World Heritage Convention to better conserve wilderness areas through designation of Natural World Heritage Sites (NWHS).

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Wildlife of Northern Central African Republic in Danger,  Urgent Actions Required to Secure Remaining Wildlife Populations and Contribute to Stabilization of the Region
BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (June 29, 2017)—The first aerial assessment of the impact of Central African Republic’s recent conflict on wildlife and other natural resources in the northern part of the country shows that wildlife populations have been depleted in large areas of their former range, yet there is hope as some populations of Kordofan giraffe, giant eland, buffalo, roan, and other key species that still survive in low numbers.

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A Different Kind of “Sub-Way” Map: National Geographic and WCS’s New York Aquarium Produce First-of-its-Kind Underwater Map of New York
June 6, 2017 – To highlight the incredible wildlife diversity – and looming threats – to New York’s marine environment, WCS’s New York Aquarium and National Geographic have collaborated on a one-of-a-kind map of the 16,000-square-mile area from Montauk Point, New York to Cape May, New Jersey.

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The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Awards Wildlife Conservation Society with Donation Towards  its Marine Protected Area Fund

June 5, 2017 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today announced The Tiffany & Co. Foundation’s  $1 million dollar grant towards its Marine Protected Area (MPA) Fund. The grant will be instrumental in the Fund’s mission to establish and strengthen MPAs around the world. 

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Study on Impacts to World Heritage Sites Receives International Award

NEW YORK (May 24, 2017) – A study led by University of Queensland (UQ) and co-authored by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), warning how World Heritage Sites are being damaged by human activities, will receive an Elsevier Atlas Award, which recognizes impactful published science.

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Famous Tree-Climbing Lions of Uganda Roaming Farther  As Prey Animals Decrease
KAMPALA, Uganda (May 11, 2017) – Scientists in Uganda studying the behaviors of the country’s famous tree-climbing lions have found that the home ranges of lion prides in the study areas have increased over time as they search farther for diminishing numbers of prey animals.

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New Wildlife Defenders Graduate in Tanzania
MAY 10, 2017 – A new elite team of WCS-trained wildlife rangers in Tanzania graduated on May 6th and will be deployed in the Ruaha-Katavi Landscape, which harbors East Africa's largest elephant population. Ruaha-Katavi now has three such elite units to fight poachers. 

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