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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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Study: Community-based wildlife carcass surveillance is key for early detection of Ebola virus in Central Africa
WCS and NIH (National Institutes of Health) scientists partnered with the Republic of Congo Ministry of Health to develop a low-cost educational outreach program and surveillance system for wildlife mortality that has continued now for over a decade. 
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Gearing Up for Reporting on CITES – A Cheat Sheet

All You Need to Know about the Aug. 17-28 Wildlife Trade Conference in Geneva, Switzerland

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Study Documents Impacts of Selective Logging and Associated Disturbance on Intact Forest Landscapes and Wildlife of Northern Congo

A new study says that the tropical forests of Western Equatorial Africa (WEA) – which include significant stands of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) – are increasingly coming under pressure from logging, poaching, and associated disturbances.

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Nouabale Ndoki National Park Celebrates its 25th Anniversary at Ceremony in Brazzaville

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, formed between WCS, the government of the Republic of Congo, and the local communities, is arguably the most advanced and demonstrably successful conservation models of its kind in Africa

 

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Sweeping Census Provides New Population Estimate For Western Chimpanzees

A sweeping new census published in the journal Environmental Research Letters estimates 52,800 western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) live in eight countries in western Africa, with most of them found outside of protected areas, some of which are threatened by intense development pressures.

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The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act was signed into law today. 
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Chimps Are Losing Their Culture, Study Says

A sweeping new study published in the journal Science says that chimpanzee’s complex cultures – including the use of tools and other behaviors – are being lost as human disturbance expands into previously wild areas.

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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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Old Math Counts New Orangutans

A mathematical theorem formulated in the 1700s has been used by scientists for the first time to accurately count critically endangered Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

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