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Chile to Create Patagonia Marine Protected Area Network

NEW YORK (October 6, 2015)—The Government of Chile announced today at the Our Oceans Summit in Valparaiso its plan to design a network of Marine Protected Areas for the purpose of safeguarding Patagonia’s whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea birds and other coastal biodiversity, an initiative that would expand the country’s protected waters by 100,000 square kilometers (more than 38,000 square miles).


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Government of Madagascar Inaugurates Makira Natural Park

May 29, 2015 —The Government of Madagascar has officially inaugurated Makira Natural Park, home to 20 species of lemur and over 50 percent of Madagascar’s plant biodiversity, and the first protected area to be created in a national network of 95 new marine and terrestrial protected areas established by the Government of Madagascar.

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April 22--Madagascar Creates Nation’s First Community-Led Marine Protected Areas
The Government of Madagascar commemorates Earth Day with the formal creation of three community-led marine protected areas that will double the surface of the country’s marine protected area network, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).

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WCS Applauds Afghanistan's Declaration Establishing Entire Wakhan District as the Country's Second National Park New Conservation Area Will Protect Rare Wildlife, Including Snow Leopards, And Provide Livelihoods for Some of the World’s Poorest Communities Living in the Park Local Communities Will Play a Key Role in Co-Managing the Park Huge New Protected Area is About 25 Percent Bigger Than Yellowstone National ParkNew York (April 2, 2014) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the Afghan...

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South Sudan’s Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism and WCS collar elephants with GPS/Satellite units to monitor & protect their populations NEW YORK (July 1, 2013)—With expert assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society and funding from USAID, South Sudan’s Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism (MWCT) has ramped up efforts to protect its last elephants by fitting individual animals with GPS collars for remote tracking, a critical practice in the fight against ivory poa...

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At our annual gala, WCS honors Ward W. Woods, Chair of the Board of Trustees, for his commitment to conservation. Woods is dedicated to finding solutions to conservation challenges and educating the next generation of environmental leaders.

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WCS Chair of the Board of Trustees Ward W. Woods Honored for His Commitment to Conservation: Dedicated to Finding Solutions to Conservation Challenges and Educating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders First annual gala for WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper New York, N.Y. – EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:00 PM US EASTERN TIME, THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society, at its annual gala tonight, honored Ward W. Woods, Chair of the WCS Board of Trustees, for his dedicatio...

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Coastal parks created in Patagonia with assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society now safeguard sea lions, penguins, dolphins, and other sea life NEW YORK (March 13, 2013)—The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the Government of Argentina for creating two enormous marine protected areas in Patagonia, a region filled with majestic shorelines and abundant wildlife. The new marine parks—Isla Pingüino Coastal Marine Park and Makenke Coastal Marine Park—were recently established by the...

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Republic of Congo creates Ntokou-Pikounda National Park to safeguard thousands of great apes Park contains massive ape population discovered by WCS in 2008, and is home to hundreds of elephants and chimpanzees NEW YORK (DATE) — The Republic of Congo has declared a new national park that protects a core population of the 125,000 western lowland gorillas discovered by WCS in 2008. Called Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, the new protected area spans some 4,572 square kilometers (1...

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WCS commends Russian government for creating new park to safeguard leopards and Amur (Siberian) tigers 1,000 square-mile park is located in Russian Far East Far Eastern leopards are considered the world’s rarest big cat NEW YORK (April 13, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society commends the Russian government for creating a new national park to protect critically endangered Amur (Siberian) tigers and the world’s rarest big cat: the Far Eastern leopard. Called “Land of the Leopard” National P...

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