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Researchers from Wildlife Conservation Society, Aqualie Institute, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Cascadia Research Collective seek to uncover cause of southern right whale die-off Research team succeeds in affixing satellite transmitters to five southern right whales Finding unknown feeding ground may provide insights into mysterious mortality NEW YORK (November 14, 2014) — For the first time, scientists working in the waters of Patagonia...

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WCS at IUCN World Parks CongressNovember 12-19, 2014Sydney, Australia SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, NOV. 11, 2014 – The following events will be taking place during the IUCN World Parks Congress with experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society. On-site, please contact John Delaney (jdelaney@wcs.org; text 1-347-675-2294) or Mary Dixon (mdixon@wcs.org; text 1-347-840-1242) to discuss any of these presentations or to schedule an interview. To learn more go to wpc.wcs.org or follow @TheWCS Breaking Topics to...

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Wildlife Conservation Society commends President for acknowledging community efforts New York (September 11, 2014)— Guatemala’s President Otto Perez Molina recently congratulated the community members of Uaxactún, a village in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, for their contributions in conserving the country’s natural and cultural heritage, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. On September 5th, the president traveled to village of Uaxactún to thank its residents in person. The visit repre...

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New York (August 28, 2014)—A new study reports that an expansion of marine protected areas is needed to protect fish species that perform key ecological functions. According to investigators from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations, previous efforts at protecting fish have focused on saving the largest numbers of species, often at the expense of those species that provide key and difficult-to-replace ecological functions. Many vital ecological functions of ocean ecology a...

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Authors find that Giant South American river turtles have a repertoire of vocalizations for different behavioral situations, including caring for young New York (August 14, 2014)— Turtles are well known for their longevity and protective shells, but it turns out these reptiles use sound to stick together and care for young, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations. Scientists working in the Brazilian Amazon have found that Giant South American river turtles actuall...

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With technical assistance from WCS, the Belize Fisheries Department initiated a new monitoring program using conservation drones to curtail unsustainable levels of illegal fishing.

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Tiny “chipi chipi” fish congregate in the millions in Beni River WCS recommends protection of Amazon headwaters wonder New York (May 22, 2014)—Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bolivia Program have announced the documentation of a natural phenomenon new to science: the mass migration of a small obscure fish known locally as the “chipi chipi.” The announcement of the newly documented migration coincides with World Fish Migration Day 2014 (May 24th), a one-day global ini...

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20-year study finds large decrease in green turtle catch rates Study authors recommend limits on artisanal fishingNew York (April 16th, 2014)—A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua’s legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida. During the research period, conservation scientists...

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To celebrate Women's History Month, read a few op-eds written by our very own WCS conservationists on the contributions of women to this field. 

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The guanaco is one of several unique species that inhabit the Karukinka Landscape, located on the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego. 

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