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Action Plan Released to Conserve One of Africa’s Richest Sites for Biodiversity
A team of scientists led by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has developed a conservation blueprint to protect one of the most biodiverse regions in Africa: the Albertine Rift, home to mountain and Grauer’s gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants, and 162 vertebrate, and 350 plant species unique to this region.
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Famous Tree-Climbing Lions of Uganda Roaming Farther  As Prey Animals Decrease
KAMPALA, Uganda (May 11, 2017) – Scientists in Uganda studying the behaviors of the country’s famous tree-climbing lions have found that the home ranges of lion prides in the study areas have increased over time as they search farther for diminishing numbers of prey animals.
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Discovery of New Ginger Species Spices up Wildlife Surveys

March 23, 2017 – Scientists from WCS have discovered a new species of wild ginger, spicing up a wave of recent wildlife discoveries in the Kabobo Massif – a rugged, mountainous region in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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WCS and USAID Launch Uganda Biodiversity Fund to Protect Biodiversity in The Pearl of Africa
March 22, 2017 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has launched the Uganda Biodiversity Fund with support from USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) to help generate the resources needed to conserve Uganda’s wildlife and natural heritage.
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After a Long Demise Due to Poaching, Virunga’s Hippos Climbing Back
November 3, 2016—Recent surveys for hippos in Virunga National Park—the oldest protected area in Africa—have found that the beleaguered behemoths are finally recovering from decades of poaching and habitat loss in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
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WILDLIFE CRIMEFIGHTING BREAKTHROUGH: New ranger patrol method shows major improvements in detection of illegal activities

August 17, 2016 – A team of scientists from WCS, University of York, and Uganda Wildlife Authority have developed a new method of detecting illegal activities in protected areas by as much as 250 percent. 

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Suffering Warthogs Seek Out Nit-picking Mongooses for Relief
March 7, 2016—Warthogs living in Uganda have learned to rid themselves of annoying ticks by seeking out the grooming services of some accommodating neighbors: a group of mongooses looking for snacks. 
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Facebook Investigation Leads to Turtle Thieves
Dec. 29, 2015  – Two suspects have been arrested in Thailand in connection with the sale of critically endangered Burmese star tortoises on Facebook, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA).
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Scientists Find Uganda’s Murchison Falls Protected Area To Be a Hub of Biodiversity
NEW YORK (November 20, 2015)—Scientists conducting a series of biological surveys of Uganda’s Murchison Falls Protected Area on the banks of the Nile River have uncovered a noteworthy finding: the park is twice as rich in wildlife as previously thought and is one of the region’s foremost centers of biodiversity.
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WCS Scientist Daniela De Luca Awarded Italy’s Order of the Star
New York, N.Y. - July 16, 2015 - Scientist Daniela De Luca of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Tanzania Program was knighted by the Government of Italy in a recent ceremony held in Dar es Saalam at the Italian Residency.
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