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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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 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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