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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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Effort led by WCS and Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation Mass hatching event for the Giant South American river turtle produces more than 200,000 hatchlings NEW YORK (February 10, 2014)—Turtle biologists seeking to learn more about threatened and endangered turtles in Brazil’s Abufari Biological Reserve recently hit the mother lode—a mass hatching event producing an estimated 210,000 baby turtles, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Chico Mendes Institute fo...
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World’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins threatened WCS has supported ongoing research here since 1980s New York (Wednesday, January 29, 2014)—Climate change is killing penguin chicks from the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins in Argentine Patagonia, not just indirectly through food deprivation, as has been repeatedly documented for these and other seabirds – but directly as a result of drenching rainstorms and, at other times, heat, according to new findings from the University...
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American Association of Zoo Veterinarians presents Emil Dolensek Award to Bonnie Raphael DVM, Dipl. ACZMBronx, NY – Nov. 12, 2013 – The American Association of Zoo Veterinarians has honored Dr. Bonnie Raphael, a veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo, as the 2013 recipient of the Emil Dolensek Award. The prestigious award was created in honor of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s former Chief Veterinarian Dr. Emil Dolensek after his death in 1990. The prize recognizes members of the American Association...
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WCS researchers discovered 4,000-10,000 year-old cave drawings NEW YORK (November 7, 2013)—While tracking white-lipped peccaries and gathering environmental data in forests that link Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado biomes, a team of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and a local partner NGO, Instituto Quinta do Sol, discovered ancient cave drawings made by hunter-gatherer societies thousands of years ago. The drawings are the subject of a recently published study by archeologists ...
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Study of humpback dolphin in Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific waters finds as-of-yet unnamed species NEW YORK (October 29, 2013)—A species of humpback dolphin previously unknown to science is swimming in the waters off northern Australia, according to a team of researchers working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and numerous other groups that contributed to the study. To determine the number of distinct species in the family of humpback dolphins (anima...
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