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CMS COP14, An Historic Opportunity to Protect the Guanaco Migrations
Samarkand, Uzbekistan, February 12, 2024 – WCS is championing at the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CoP14) the listing of guanaco (Lama guanicoe) onto CMS Appendix II, which would facilitate transboundary collaboration and cooperation around guanaco and its habitat conservation. During CMS CoP14, governments are meeting to agree on strategies for the conservation of migratory species and their habitats. This listing for guanaco would strengthen c...
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After 65 years, a Desert Nomad Crosses a Railroad Track and Makes History

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released a photo today of a single Asiatic wild ass or khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) crossing a previously impenetrable barrier along the Trans Mongolian Railroad – the first known crossing by this near-threatened species into the eastern steppe in 65 years.

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Liquid Treasure of the Gobi: Water, the Climate Crisis, and the Wandering Khulan

Khulan (Equus hemionus), a species of wild ass living in the Gobi Desert, travel extremely long distances to meet their water needs – a strategy that will require urgent conservation interventions as local human impacts increase, says a team of scientists.

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Fate of Prehistoric, Critically Endangered Saiga Antelope to be Decided at CITES
The fate of the saiga, a prehistoric antelope species, found on the windswept steppes of Central Asia, will be decided as CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) gathers for its 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) August 17-28 in Geneva. The saiga is on the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered and is vital to the ecosystem of Mongolia’s steppe.
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PPR Virus Poses Threat to Conservation

A team of conservationists from the Royal Veterinary College, WCS, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna published a letter in this week’s edition of the journal Science on the threat of the virus peste des petits ruminants (PPR) to conservation.

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 First Central Asian Migration Atlas Created to Reduce Harm to Wildlife from Infrastructure
May 4, 2017 – Experts have for the first time mapped the distribution and movement corridors of migratory mammals in combination with threats from linear infrastructure, such as railways, roads, pipelines, and border fences, across the entire Central Asian region. 
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A Deadly Virus is Killing Saiga Antelope in Mongolia
Gobi-Altai and Khovd Provinces, Mongolia, Feb. 7, 2017 -- Saiga antelope have been dying over the last two months in alarming numbers in the Great Lakes Depression of western Mongolia bordered by the Altai Mountains and China.
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Breeding Populations of White-Naped Cranes on Decline in Eastern Mongolian Stronghold
July 7, 2016 – A new study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) says that breeding populations of white-naped cranes have decreased by 60 percent in Ulz River basin – an important stronghold for the species  in Eastern Mongolia.
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 August 21, 2015 - WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) congratulates WCS scientists Joel Berger, P. Dee Boersma, and Tim Davenport for being nominated for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize— the world's leading award for animal conservation.

 

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Eastern Steppe Meets Yellowstone
 June 4,  2015- If you happen to be at one of several popular national parks in the next ten days, you may see a small delegation of Mongolian officials taking in the grandeur alongside you. As part of a trans-national sharing of expertise on park management issues, (WCS) Wildlife Conservation Society is hosting six key members of the Mongolian government for a protected area study tour.  Development, led by an exploding extractive industry, is on the rise and bringing big c...
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