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Andes, Amazon and Orinoco


TURTLE TSUNAMI! WCS releases incredible footage of mass hatching of locally endangered turtle

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released an amazing video showing tens of thousands of Giant South American River turtle hatchlings (Podocnemis expansa) emerging from a sandy beach in a protected area along the Purus River – a tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil.

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Jaguar North America Teams up With WCS to Raise Awareness for International Jaguar Day
International Jaguar Day, marked each year on November 29, recognizes the magnificence of the jaguar and the need to protect it from extinction. Today, Jaguar North America, LLC announced its efforts to help raise awareness for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to protect this mighty big cat of the Americas.
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WCS’s Dr. Michael Goulding Awarded Prestigious 2020 Parker/Gentry Award  For Conservation Contributions (English and Spanish)

Dr. Michael Goulding, senior aquatic scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), has received the 2020 Parker/Gentry Award, from The Field Museum based in Chicago, honoring his 40 years-plus of transformative work in the Amazon basin.

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International Vulture Awareness Day News (English and Spanish)
Just in time for World Vulture Day comes a new scientific book: “Saving the Symbol of the Andes: A Range Wide Conservation Priority Setting Exercise for the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus).” 
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Rare Bird Sets a New Record – By Showing up in an Organic Coffee Plantation (English and Spanish)

An endangered bird, previously found only in an isolated region of Bolivia, has just expanded its range after it was discovered on an organic coffee plantation in the north of the Department of La Paz, says a team of WCS conservationists.

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“Andenes de Cuyocuyo”:  Peru’s First Agrobiodiversity Zone
On October 15, 2019, on World Food Day, Peru’s Minister of Environment, Fabiola Muñoz, and the Deputy Minister of Agricultural Policies of the Ministry of Agriculture, Paula Rosas, declared the country’s first ever “agrobiodiversity zone”: the “Andenes de Cuyocuyo.”  
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WCS’s Dr. Rob Wallace Receives IUCN’s Kenton Miller Award For Innovative Strategies to Protect Latin America’s Biodiversity (English and Spanish)

WCS’s Dr. Rob Wallace, based in La Paz, Bolivia, has been honored by the IUCN for his more than 20 years of innovative conservation and science to protect Latin America’s biodiversity.

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MEDIA STATEMENT: WCS on the First High Level Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in the Americas (English and Spanish)
WCS released a statement by Padu Franco, WCS Regional Director, Andes, Amazon, Orinoco on the First High-Level Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in the Americas, which concluded on October 4th the with the adoption of the Lima Declaration signed by 20 countries.

 

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Study Says Conservation Efforts for the Giant South American River Turtle Have Protected 147,000 Females

By analyzing records in countries of the Amazon and Orinoco basins—which include Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador—a paper published today in Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation, categorized 85 past and present initiatives or projects that work to preserve the South American River Turtle, or charapa (Podocnemis expansa), a critically endangered species. These projects are protecting more than 147,000 female turtles across the basin, an unprecedented figure.


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WCS Reacts to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Plan for the Jaguar
Experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reacted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recently released recovery plan for the jaguar. 
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