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Bloomberg Philanthropies Intensifies Efforts to Protect the World’s Ocean
Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced it is expanding its commitment to protect the ocean, coastal communities and marine ecosystems. The Bloomberg Ocean Initiative will invest $204 million to leverage data-driven solutions, policy solutions, and community involvement to protect coral reefs, stop illegal fishing, and safeguard marine ecosystems and biodiversity that are at risk from the growing impacts of climate change. Today’s commitment builds on Bloomberg’s efforts to fight c...
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Forests of Mesoamerica’s Selva Maya are Staging an Inspiring Comeback (English and Spanish)

Mesoamerica’s Selva Maya, the epicenter of the ancient Maya Civilization and a vast protected area system covering parts of Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico, is making an inspiring comeback with forest cover returning and local people benefitting thanks to government, local partners and communities working together to curb illegal activities.

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The Republic of the Congo Announces the Creation of the Country's First Marine Protected Areas

The Congo Government, with the support of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other organizations, officially announces the creation of the country’s first three Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), protecting marine resources and coastal habitats across more than 4,000 square kilometers (1,544 square miles) and representing 12.01 percent of Congo’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). 

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WCS Statement on 40 Percent Increase of Tiger Numbers

A statement by Dale Miquelle, WCS Tiger Program Coordinator, on the recent Red List Assessment by IUCN, which announced a 40 percent increase since the last tiger assessment in 2015 – a result of improvements in monitoring.

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Bolivia’s Former “Death Road” is Now Alive with Wildlife

A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reports that a notoriously unsafe road in Bolivia nicknamed Camino de la Muerte” or “Death Road” has become a surprising haven for wildlife since traffic has decreased by 90 percent due to construction of a nearby, safer roadway.

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Drone Images Provide Possible Glimpse of World’s Rarest Turtle
A series of drone images taken by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and partners may show the world’s most endangered turtle, Swinhoe’s softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei). The images were captured during aerial surveys on Dong Mo Lake some 30 miles west of Ha Noi. There are only three known individuals remaining of this giant freshwater turtle, which can weigh over 200 pounds. The images show a large round shape just under the surface of Dong Mo Lake. Ac...
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WCS to Facilitate Management of $12.84 Million USD Putumayo-Içá River Basin Conservation Project

The Wildlife Conservation Society will execute a $12.84 million USD grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to maintain the high conservation status of the Putumayo-Içá river basin in the Amazon, home to some of the richest ecosystems in the world.

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On World Chocolate Day, a New Partnership Protects Biodiversity and Supports Cocoa Farmers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (English and French)

Today a consortium of farmers, conservation organizations, companies, government bodies, and universities and research institutes announced an innovative landscape-focused collaboration to secure the future of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ituri Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to stimulate the local economy by supporting the production of sustainable cocoa.

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Connecting the Spots: First Comprehensive Review of National Jaguar Protection Laws (English, Spanish, and Portuguese)

Conservationists have conducted the first comprehensive review of national laws across the range of the jaguar (Panthera onca) to show opportunities for strengthening legal protections of the largest cat species found in the Americas.

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New Study Documents the Extent of Plastic Ingestion as an Emerging Threat to Endangered Asian Elephants in Uttarakhand, India

Researchers from India have highlighted the emergence of a new threat to the health and population of Asian elephants.

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