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 First Central Asian Migration Atlas Created to Reduce Harm to Wildlife from Infrastructure
May 4, 2017 – Experts have for the first time mapped the distribution and movement corridors of migratory mammals in combination with threats from linear infrastructure, such as railways, roads, pipelines, and border fences, across the entire Central Asian region. 

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WCS Applauds Senate Introduction of the Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON (May 3, 2017) – WCS applauds the Senate introduction of legislation to reauthorize the Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA), ensuring the continuance of a highly successful and cost-effective mechanism to conserve some of the world’s most biodiverse places. 

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WCS SCIENTISTS RELEASE RARE FOOTAGE FROM “ROOFTOP OF THE WORLD”

March 30, 2017 – WCS field staff and local government partners from Tibet produced an incredible video showing an ongoing study of snow leopards and Tibetan antelope.

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Lack of Staffing, Funds Prevent Marine Protected Areas from Realizing Full Potential
March 22, 2017--Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff.

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WCS and USAID Launch Uganda Biodiversity Fund to Protect Biodiversity in The Pearl of Africa
March 22, 2017 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has launched the Uganda Biodiversity Fund with support from USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) to help generate the resources needed to conserve Uganda’s wildlife and natural heritage.

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Can’t we all Just Get Along – Like India’s Cats and Dogs?
February 16, 2017 – A new WCS study in India shows that three carnivores – tigers, leopards, and dholes (Asian wild dog) – seemingly in direct competition with one other, are living side by side with surprisingly little conflict. 

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Natural World Heritage Sites Getting Hammered by Human Activities
January 30, 2017 – A new study warns that more than 100 natural World Heritage sites are being severely damaged by encroaching human activities.

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Andean Bear Survey in Peru Finds Humans Not the Only Visitors to Machu Picchu
January 26, 2017 – A recent wildlife survey led by SERNANP (Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado) and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) in the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu in Peru has confirmed that the world-famous site is also home to a biologically important and iconic species: the Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus).

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Little Tortoise, Big Range
January 24, 2017 – WCS scientists have discovered the impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa) in the Hukaung Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in northern Myanmar, some 528 miles from its known range in that country.  The researchers reported their finding in the latest issue of the journal Asian Herpetological Research

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Profitable Coral Reef Fisheries Require Light Fishing
January 12, 2017 – Fishing is fundamentally altering the food chain in coral reefs and putting dual pressures on the valuable top-level predatory fish, according to new research by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Lancaster University, and other organizations.

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