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Manus Island Indigenous Communities Renew Conservation Agreements to Protect Their Forests

Fifty-two clans on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), recently renewed conservation agreements to protect 43,000 Hectares of their forested land areas.

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Protected Areas Hold Hope for the Endangered Dhole
Loss of forest cover and livestock grazing activity are affecting dhole populations in Karnataka's Western Ghats.
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New WCS Study Says Urbanization May Hold Key to Tiger Survival
A new WCS-led study published in the journal Biological Conservation says the future of tigers in Asia is linked the path of demographic transition—for humans. 
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Old Math Counts New Orangutans

A mathematical theorem formulated in the 1700s has been used by scientists for the first time to accurately count critically endangered Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

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WCS, China Tech Giant Tencent, and other NGOs Team up to Fight Wildlife Crime
WCS participated in the “Tencent for the Planet” Partnership Conference on December 19th, joining the Chinese tech giant and a cadre of conservation groups in a global effort to fight wildlife crime. 
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Study: Damning Evidence of Dam’s Impacts on Rainforest Birds

A study by an international team of conservation scientists found that a dam built in Thailand 31 years ago has caused the local bird population to collapse.

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WCS Myanmar Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The WCS Myanmar Program released a video celebrating its 25th year of conservation.Watch the video here.
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Over 2,200 “Run for the Wild” in Malaysia

Over 2,200 runners and volunteers from 24 countries worldwide have Run for the Wild organized to support the conservation of orang-utans, sharks and rays -- an annual run organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia) in partnership with Swinburne Sarawak and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre.

 

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In Papua New Guinea, an Indigenous Tribe’s Journey to Protect its Forest
An indigenous tribe in a remote valley of the highlands of Papua New Guinea pledge to create a protected area to safeguard 4,200 hectares of primary forest on their land
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Myanmar Establishes New Protected Area For Critically Endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin
Working in collaboration with Myanmar’s Department of Fisheries (DoF), WCS has announced the creation of a new protected area for a population of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) living in the Ayeyawady River of central Myanmar. The new 100-kilometer (62 mile) zone will serve as an extension to an existing protected area established in 2005 between the towns of Mingun and Kyauk Myaung which established in collaboration between DoF and WCS. Said Saw Htun, Dep...
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