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Scientists Show that at Least 44 Percent of Earth’s Land Requires Conservation to Safeguard Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

New research published in the June 3, 2022 journal Science reveals that 44 percent of Earth’s land area – some 64 million square kilometers (24.7 million square miles) requires conservation to safeguard biodiversity.

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WCS Releases First-Known Drone Footage of Wild, Critically Endangered Orinoco Crocodile (English and Spanish)

Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Colombia program has released the first-known drone footage of wild Orinoco crocodiles (Crocodylus intermedius) -- a Critically Endangered reptile found in northern areas of South America.

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Largest Known Population of Africa’s Rarest Falcon Discovered in Mozambique Protected Area

A team of conservationists have discovered what may be the world’s largest population of Africa’s rarest falcon living in Mozambique’s Niassa Special Reserve – a protected area not listed in the bird-of-prey’s range.

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New Management Agreement Signed for Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the DRC
The following is a statement from the Wildlife Conservation Society: “Allegations of atrocities and human rights violations committed against the Batwa Indigenous peoples in and around Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) have deeply troubled and concerned us. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has called for and fully supports ongoing independent and credible investigations into these allegations, which we consider as an utmost priority to uphold accountability for the sake of t...
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The following statement was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society today at the conclusion of three meetings convened under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity or CBD

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Rare Monkey Adapts to Fragmented Habitat by Dieting and Reducing Activity

A team of scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Oxford Brookes University found that a rare species of monkey in Bolivia has adapted to living in a fragmented forest by dieting and moving less during lean times.

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Gabon Provides Blueprint for Protecting Oceans, Protecting 26 Percent of its EEZ in a Network of 20 Marine Protected Areas

Gabon's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) provides a blueprint that could be used in many other countries, experts say.

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Happy Year of the Tiger: Tigers Are Beating the Odds Against Extinction

WCS released a statement by Dale Miquelle, WCS Tiger Program coordinator and director of WCS’s Russia Program, upon the commencement of the Lunar Year of the Tiger.

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Cuba Names East Los Colorados Archipelago a New Protected Area (English and Spanish)

Cuba has just declared Este del Archipiélago de Los Colorados (“East of Los Colorados Archipelago”), a new marine protected area. This new MPA covers about half of one of the four major archipelagos surrounding the country, and hosts exceptional marine life including Antillean manatees, American crocodiles, and critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles.

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New Marine Protected Area Isla Ají Safeguards Important Coastal Ecosystems (English and Spanish)

Ratifying its global commitments, the Government of Colombia has recently declared Isla Ají a new marine protected area (MPA). Spanning 24,600 ha (95 square miles), this important and beautiful nature reserve will serve to protect threatened wildlife and safeguard the wellbeing of local coastal communities who depend on the area for food and their livelihoods. 

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