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Mozambique President Visits Niassa Special Reserve to Assist in Collaring Elephant
To Celebrate World Ranger Day on July 31st, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi joined conservationists in the Niassa Special Reserve (NSR) to place a new GPS collar on an elephant nicknamed “Mr. President,” which in 2018 received its first collar from President Nyusi.
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Technology helps tree-planting champions in Tanzania
Local communities in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands are involved in a forest restoration project aimed at protecting fresh water supplies, reforesting degraded areas and creating sustainable supplies of timber and fuelwood. 
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New Study Offers Hope for Critically Endangered Gorillas in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has updated the global population estimate for the Critically Endangered Grauer’s gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) – the world’s largest gorilla subspecies– to 6,800 individuals from a previous global estimate of 3,800 individuals.
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One of Africa’s Rarest Primates Protected by… Speedbumps

A new study revealed that a drastic reduction of deaths of one of Africa’s rarest primates, the Zanzibar red colobus (Piliocolobus kirkii), followed the installation of four speedbumps along a stretch of road where the species frequently crossed.

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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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Reforesting project in Rwanda sees regrowth within a year — despite lockdown interruptions

Trillion Trees partner the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has proven the viability of Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) in degraded forest areas of Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park – even during a pandemic.

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Camera Traps in Trees? That’s a Thing Now

A team of researchers says that combining standard camera trapping with new “arboreal camera traps,” where remote cameras are set high in trees, can result in more accurate population estimates of wildlife – particularly in hard-to-survey areas like tropical forests.

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WCS Partners with Ecosia to Plant 900,000 Trees in Tanzania
WCS and the non-profit search engine Ecosia announced today a massive effort to replant some 900,000 trees in degraded landscapes in Tanzania. 
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Massive Wildlife Survey in Tanzania Points to Elephant Recovery  In Key Landscape

Tanzania’s Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) and WCS released the results of a massive wildlife survey showing that elephant numbers have stabilized in a key landscape known for rampant poaching just a few years ago.

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WCS Leads First Study to Look into Ranger Motivation to Improve Law Enforcement Effectiveness in DRCongo

A new study by WCS looks at the job satisfaction of front line conservation rangers working in challenging conditions at a national park in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and identifies ways to improve motivation to make them more effective at enforcing the law.

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