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STUDY: Cambodia’s Largest Lake, the Iconic Tonle Sap, is Losing Massive Amounts of Habitat

A new study by a team of scientists from WCS and other groups reveals that Cambodia’s iconic Tonle Sap Great Lake is losing massive amounts of habitat threatening its very existence.

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Make Way for Extremely Rare Ducklings
WCS Cambodia released an image of an endangered white-winged duckling (Asacornis scutulata) the moment it left its nest in a tree cavity with its mother at its side. The duckling is believed to be one of five fledglings conservationists have been tracking in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary of Preah Vihear province.  Khean and his team installed camera traps at the nest site to capture as much information as possible with little disturbance. These ducks prefer to nest in cavities of mature...
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PIG RESCUE! WCS Video Shows Daring Rescue of Wild Boar Caught in Snare in Cambodia

WCS Cambodia released a dramatic video showing a team of three WCS conservationists releasing a wild boar (Sus scrofa) caught in an illegally-set snare in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Conservationists Discover Babies of one of the World’s Most Endangered Crocodiles

WCS released pics and video today showing critically endangered Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) – among the world’s most endangered crocodile species – swimming in a natural lake in Sre Ambel district of Koh Kong Province, Cambodia.

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First Ever Analysis for Southeast Asia Documents 64 Exceptional and Diverse Ecosystems in Myanmar

A team led by WCS and Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, along with James Cook University, University of New South Wales and IUCN have completed the first IUCN Red List assessment for ecosystems in Southeast Asia, identifying 64 individual ecosystems types for Myanmar.

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PHOTO RELEASE: The Turtle that Almost Went Extinct, Now Ready for Its Close-up
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) released a series of images showing hatchling Burmese roofed turtles (Batagur trivittata) – considered one of the most endangered turtles in the world. 
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Has Vietnam banned the wildlife trade to curb the risk of future pandemics?
On July 23rd 2020 the Vietnamese Government released Prime Minister’s Directive No. 29 on urgent solutions to manage wildlife. This has been largely reported in the global media as a widespread ban on wildlife trade in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wildlife Conservation Society welcomes the Prime Minister’s Directive and the renewed attention it will bring to combating illegal trade and consumption of wildlife. However, there are a number of points that have been mis-reported in the global media and areas we think require greater attention to reduce the risks of future zoonotic pathogen outbreaks
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WILDLIFE HOT TUB: Remarkable camera trap video footage shows a parade of Asian wildlife lounging and drinking from a Jacuzzi-sized watering hole

WCS released remarkable camera trap footage showing a virtual parade of Asian wildlife – tigers, elephants, sun bears, and other species – individually visiting a single, small watering hole in Thailand’s Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Viruses from Field to Fork: Study Finds That Wildlife Supply Chains for Human Consumption Increase Coronaviruses’ Spillover Risk to People

A new study found that animals sampled in the wildlife-trade supply chain bound for human consumption had high proportions of coronaviruses, and that the proportion of positives significantly increases as animals travel from traders, to large markets, to restaurants.

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WORLD TURTLE DAY NEWS:  WCS Celebrating Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle Conservation in Cambodia on World Turtle Day 2020
To mark World Turtle Day, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) celebrates the conservation of the Critically Endangered Cantor’s giant softshell turtles in Cambodia.
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