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Protected Area Planning, Creation, Management


January 11, 2017 – WCS has issued the following video statement today by Dr. Timothy Tear, WCS Executive Director of Africa Programs, on the newly published study in Nature on the discovery of the world’s largest peatland in the Republic of Congo.

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Massive Genetic Study of Humpback Whales To Inform Conservation Assessments of Ocean Giants
January 9, 2017 – Scientists have published one of the largest genetic studies ever conducted on the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) for the purpose of clarifying management decisions in the Southern Hemisphere and supporting calls to protect unique and threatened populations, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, and other organizations.

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GREAT START FOR 2017: WCS Applauds U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management  For Denying Seismic Survey Permits in Mid- and South Atlantic Waters
January 6, 2017 –WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) commends the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for today’s announcement on the decision to deny six permit applications for airgun seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic waters of the eastern United States. 

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Spring Toward Extinction? Cheetah Numbers Crash Globally

December 26, 2016 - The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), is sprinting towards the edge of extinction and could soon be lost forever unless urgent, landscape-wide conservation action is taken, according to a study published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Paraguay Unveils New Management Plan For Jaguars
Asunción, Paraguay (December 22, 2016) – The Government of Paraguay took a major step forward today to ensuring a future for the Western Hemisphere’s largest cat species by completing a country-wide management plan for jaguars, the culmination of two years of cooperation between government agencies, the public and private sectors, and researchers from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other NGOs.

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CHRISTMAS IN THE CONGO: New Protected Area to Conserve Unique Species Created in the Democratic Republic of Congo
December 21, 2016 – The Kabobo Natural Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of Africa’s most biodiverse sites, had its boundaries formally approved today by the Provincial Governor of Tanganyika Province – a critical step in establishing and ensuring the effective protection of this important site. 

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New Strategy Dismantles Ivory Trafficking Networks in Northern Republic of Congo
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo-December 20, 2016-An integrated approach with on-the-ground patrols coupled with intelligence-driven operations are effectively taking down the patrons of elephant poaching and dismantling the criminal syndicates.

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WCS Spearheads Conservation Science For U.S. Jaguar Recovery Plan
December 19, 2016 – A recovery plan for the Western Hemisphere’s largest cat species along the U.S.-Mexico border was released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 

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Scientists Studying Dolphins in Bangladesh Find the Bay of Bengal a Realm of Evolutionary Change
December 14, 2016 – Marine scientists have discovered that two species of dolphin in the waters off Bangladesh are genetically distinct from those in other regions of the Indian and western Pacific Oceans, a finding that supports a growing body of evidence that the Bay of Bengal harbors conditions that drive the evolution of new life forms, according to a new study by the American Museum of Natural History(AMNH), WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and the cE3c - Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (Universidade de Lisboa).

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WCS Campaign To Stop Nigeria’s Superhighway Delivers More Than 100,000 Petition Signatures To Nigerian Ambassador

WASHINGTON (December 13, 2016) — A global campaign recently launched by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) to stop or reroute a proposed superhighway in Nigeria’s Cross River State has succeeded in securing 100,081 petition signatures in support of the effort. 

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