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Forest Elephants are Now Critically Endangered –  Here’s How to Count Them (English and French)
A team of scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and working closely with experts from the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux du Gabon (ANPN) compared methodologies to count African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis), which were recently acknowledged by IUCN as a separate, Critically Endangered species from African savannah elephants. 
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Study: Female Monkeys Use Males as “Hired Guns” for Defense Against Predators
Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Congo Program and the Nouabalé-Ndoki Foundation found that female putty-nosed monkeys (Cercopithecus nictitans) use males as “hired guns” to defend from predators such as leopards.
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New Endangered and Critically Endangered status for African elephants
The African savannah elephant and the forest elephant have now been classified as Endangered and Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM
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STUDY: Using Conservation Criminology to Understand the Role of Restaurants in the Urban Wild Meat Trade

A new study in the journal Conservation Science and Practice finds that restaurants in urban areas in Central Africa play a key role in whether protected wildlife winds up on the menu.

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MEDIA STATEMENT: WCS Commends Congolese Justice System on 30-Year Sentence of Notorious Elephant Poacher and Ivory Trafficker in Republic of Congo

“This unprecedented conviction in the criminal court is a major milestone in the protection of wildlife in the Republic of Congo and in upholding the rule of law. It sends an extremely strong message that wildlife crime will not be tolerated.” – Dr. Emma Stokes, WCS Regional Director for Central Africa 

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STUDY: New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
A study by WCS and partners produced new analyses to pinpoint the most important forests for biodiversity conservation remaining in Central Africa.
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Ecotourism to Bring Post COVID-19 hope for Wildlife and Communities in Northern Congo
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of the Congo (RoC) and in partnership with the Congo Conservation Company (CCC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announce a four-year program with the intent to develop ecotourism in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in northern Congo-Brazzaville. 
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A New Hope for the World’s Most Endangered Gorilla
The EU announced a four-year, two million euro initiative to protect the Cross River Gorilla – the world’s most endangered great ape – and secure the Cross River National Park, while promoting sustainable livelihoods for communities that live adjacent to the gorilla’s forest home.
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Three WCS Rangers Win “African Ranger Award”

Three WCS rangers have won the African Ranger Award, which recognizes and supports the achievements and efforts of rangers working to combat the precipitous decline of Africa's wildlife species due to poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal wildlife trade.

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New hope for the Okapi Wildlife Reserve – a wildlife haven under threat in in the heart of the Congo rainforest

Conservation is bringing new hope for the security and stability of a remote forest outpost in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with the signing of a new partnership agreement to manage the Okapi Wildlife Reserve between Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Government’s Nature Conservation Agency, ICCN.

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