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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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Massive Study Across Western Equatorial Africa Finds More Gorillas and Chimpanzees Than Expected, but 80% Are Outside the Safe Havens of Protected Areas

A massive decade-long study of Western Equatorial Africa’s gorillas and chimpanzees has uncovered both good news and bad about our nearest relatives. The good news: there are one third more western lowland gorillas and one tenth more central chimpanzees than previously thought. The bad news: the vast majority of these great apes (80 percent) exist outside of protected areas, and gorilla populations are declining by 2.7 percent annually.

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Canine Distemper Confirmed in Far Eastern Leopard, World’s Most Endangered Big Cat
17 January 2018 – The Far Eastern or Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is already among the rarest of the world’s big cats, but new research reveals that it faces yet another threat: infection with canine distemper virus (CDV).
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WCS and Iranian Scientists Collaborate on New Field Guide on Wildlife Diseases
November 24, 2017 – WCS and Iranian scientists are collaborating to tackle wildlife diseases – a rapidly growing threat affecting many of Asia’s remaining great wildlife assemblages. 
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WCS Releases Heartbreaking Video of Rescued African Gray Parrots Destined for Pet Trade
November 14, 2017 – WCS has released heartbreaking footage of rescued African gray parrots from the Republic of Congo where thousands were destined for the illegal pet trade. 
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Star Tortoise Makes Meteoric Comeback

October 11, 2017 – The Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota), a medium-sized tortoise found only in Myanmar’s central dry zone, has been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to an aggressive captive-breeding effort spearheaded by a team of conservationists and government partners.


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Vampire Bats and Feral Pigs: A Bad Combination for Wildlife and People
November 18, 2016—A camera trap survey conducted by WCS and other groups to survey wildlife in rural locations in Brazil’s Atlantic forest and Pantanal regions produced a big surprise: the unexpected frequency of vampire bats feeding on both wildlife and livestock in both areas. 
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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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Media Note: New Video Shows Reduction in Leopard/Human Conflict in Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Resolving human wildlife conflicts related to large cats largely consists of reactive actions such as translocating the animals or paying livestock compensation to the people. Rarely is an attempt made to understand the under lying causes of the conflict and then use the knowledge to tackle the conflict proactively. 
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AMERICAN ICON: Congress Passes Bill to Make Bison Our National Mammal
April 27, 2016 –The Vote Bison Coalition is proud to celebrate the House and Senate passage of the National Bison Legacy Act, which when signed by the President will officially make bison the National Mammal of the United States.
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