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Manus Island Indigenous Communities Renew Conservation Agreements to Protect Their Forests

Fifty-two clans on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), recently renewed conservation agreements to protect 43,000 Hectares of their forested land areas.

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Translocated Zebras Flourishing in New Home
Conservationists from WCS’s Tanzania Program say translocated zebras are flourishing in Kitulo National Park.
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The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act was signed into law today. 
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New Study Shows Global Map of Wildlife “Cool-Spots” Where Wildlife Thrives, and “Hot-Spots” Where Species are Imperiled

A new study maps nature’s strongholds where the world’s threatened species can take refuge from the ravages of unregulated hunting, land clearing, and other industrial activities.

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Coral Reef Parks Protecting Only 40 Percent of Fish Biomass Potential
Marine scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other groups examining the ecological status of coral reefs across the Indian and Pacific oceans have uncovered an unsettling fact: even the best coral reef marine parks contain less than half of the fish biomass found in the most remote reefs that lie far from human settlements.
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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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Protected Areas Hold Hope for the Endangered Dhole
Loss of forest cover and livestock grazing activity are affecting dhole populations in Karnataka's Western Ghats.
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In Uganda, WCS Identifies Critical Biodiversity Sites for Conservation of Both Globally and Nationally Threatened Species
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partners has announced 45 sites identified to meet Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) status, global priority areas for conservation of biodiversity in Uganda. This is the first time that there has been a national assessment of KBAs across several taxa by a country in the world. “The KBA global criteria were applied to mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and plant species to assess the KBAs, and an additional suite of nationally important sites were a...
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Footage Shows Rare Glimpse of Jaguar Swimming through Lagoon in Belize
WCS shared a video today showing incredible footage of a jaguar swimming across Placencia Lagoon in southern Belize.  The video, shot by Belizean boat captain Darryl Lozano, shows the jaguar effortlessly swimming across a channel until it reaches some red mangroves on a shoreline. WCS recognizes the Placencia Lagoon as an important fish nursery, with rare Halophila seagrass and a mangrove forest surrounding a critical Antillean manatee hotspot. WCS is supporting local efforts to get this la...
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Nassau Grouper Becomes Critically Endangered
The Nassau grouper—a fish known for its spectacular spawning aggregations in and around the Caribbean Sea—is now a “Critically Endangered” species, according to a new assessment by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) that was recently published and supported by studies and data generated by WCS scientists working in the coastal waters of Belize.
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