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HOLY KALEIDOSCOPE! WCS Scientists Tally Boatloads of Butterflies
March 16, 2016 – WCS reports that scientists from the groundbreaking Identidad Madidiexpedition have identified a staggering 1,080 varieties of butterfly (950 species and an additional 130 subspecies) living in Madidi National Park – a New Jersey-sized protected area considered to be the most biodiverse in the world.

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Endangered Tiger Killed in Myanmar Came from Thailand
MARCH 9, 2016 - Experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) say that a tiger killed on Feb 25th in Myanmar came from a protected area in neighboring Thailand that currently hosts between 60 and 70 tigers.

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Central American Megaflyover to Measure Impacts of Humans & Cows in Largest Remaining Rainforests
March 3, 2016—With support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have embarked on an ambitious plane-based survey to gauge the influence of humans and their livestock on the largest remaining forests in Central America.

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Vote for Critically Endangered Lemurs Of Madagascar in Online Contest
March 1, 2016—Want to help save two critically endangered lemur species in Madagascar with your smartphone or mouse? Here’s your chance to make a difference.

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With Help, Tigers Clawing Back in Southeast Asia
February 18, 2016 – A new study by a team of Thai and international scientists finds that a depleted tiger population in Thailand is rebounding thanks to enhanced protection measures. 

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Conservationists Release Critically Endangered Crocodiles In Colombia
February 12, 2016—The Critically Endangered Orinoco crocodile recently received a helping hand from conservationists working in Colombia, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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WELCOME TO THE WORLD: New Chameleon Emerges from Wilds of Tanzania
January 27, 2016 – WCS announced today that a team of scientists discovered a new species of chameleon in Tanzania.

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Large Permanent Reserves Required For Effective Conservation of Old Fish
December 22, 2015— Permanent marine protected areas and wilderness—places where fish can grow old—are critical to the effective conservation of marine ecosystems according to a new study conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society, James Cook University, and Lancaster University.

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Three Urgent Steps for Better Protected Areas
November 5, 2015 – A group of scientists have developed a three-point plan to ensure the world’s protected areas meet new biodiversity targets set by the 193 signatory nations of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD).

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Two New WCS Studies Look at Impact of Protected Areas

October 14, 2015 - Two WCS Co-authored papers: Protected areas and poverty; and Guiding principles for evaluating the impacts of conservation interventions on human well-being.

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