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How widespread is lemur and fossa meat consumption?
A new study by WCS looks at the prevalence of human consumption of lemur and fossa (Madagascar’s largest predator) in villages within and around Makira Natural Park, northeastern Madagascar, providing up-to-date estimates of the percentage of households who eat meat from these protected species.
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Hoofed Migration: New Science Study Chronicles World’s Great Overland Mammal Migrations
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) along with an international team of more than 90 scientists and conservationists have created the first-ever global atlas of ungulate (hooved mammal) migrations, working in partnership with the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), a UN treaty.
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WCS Statement on Eve of Earth Day 2021
The following statement was issued today by the Wildlife Conservation Society on the eve of Earth Day 2021 and the Biden-Harris Leaders Summit on Climate, April 22 and 23.
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Who is Selling and Trafficking Africa’s Wild Meat?
A new study classifies different types of wildlife traffickers and sellers in two of Central Africa’s growing urban centers, providing new insight into the poorly understood urban illegal wildlife trade
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Forest Elephants are Now Critically Endangered –  Here’s How to Count Them (English and French)
A team of scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and working closely with experts from the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux du Gabon (ANPN) compared methodologies to count African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis), which were recently acknowledged by IUCN as a separate, Critically Endangered species from African savannah elephants. 
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Mercado Libre and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have entered into a cooperation agreement with the aim of combating wildlife trafficking.
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Ranking Virus Spillover Risk
SpillOver, a new web application developed by scientists at the University of California, Davis, and contributed to by experts from all over the world including WCS, ranks the risk of wildlife-to-human spillover for newly-discovered viruses.
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African Elephants’ Range is Just 17 Percent of What it Could be, Study Finds
A study reported in the journal Current Biology on April 1 has both good news and bad news for the future of African elephants. 
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WCS Statement on WHO-China Report on SARS-CoV-2 (English and Spanish)

The following statement was released today from the Wildlife Conservation Society on the WHO-China report listing scenarios for the emergence of SARS-CoV-2:

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New Paper Addresses Impacts of COVID-19 and Cyclone Harold on Indo-Fijians Engaged in Small Scale Fisheries
A new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Policy addresses the impacts of COVID-19 and Cyclone Harold on Indo-Fijians engaged in small scale fisheries.
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