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Andes, Amazon and Orinoco


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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Latin America Launches New Roadmap to Save the Jaguar

In an unprecedented global commitment to saving the jaguar, leading international conservation organizations and key jaguar range states have joined together to launch the Jaguar 2030 Conservation Roadmap for the Americas, presented today/this week at the Conference of Parties (COP) 14 of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Brazil Creates Protected Area in Amazonia That Will Serve Needs of Wildlife and People
The Brazilian Government has created an important protected area in Amazonia that will safeguard both iconic wildlife such as jaguars, giant otters and other species as well as the livelihoods of people who depend on natural resources.
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Good News for Jaguars
Jaguar populations have grown at an average annual rate of nearly 8 percent across field sites where the Wildlife Conservation Society works in Latin America from 2002 to 2016.
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 WILDLIFE EMERGENCY: WCS Says Sloths in Desperate Need of Raingear

April 1, 2017 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today an emergency campaign to tackle one of the most critical conservation issues of our time: keeping sloths dry. The campaign runs for one day only: April 1, 2017. 

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Scientists Confirm Dorado Catfish As All-Time Distance Champion of Freshwater Migrations
February 6, 2017 – An international team of scientists has confirmed that the dorado catfish (Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii) of the Amazon River basin holds the record for the world’s longest exclusively freshwater fish migration, an epic life-cycle journey stretching nearly the entire width of the South America continent.
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Scientists Produce a New Roadmap For Guiding Development & Conservation in the Amazon
December 8, 2016—Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), The Nature Conservancy, and several partners in Brazil and Peru have produced a geographic information system (GIS) “roadmap” to help guide conservation efforts at large scale in the Amazon River basin, a region roughly the size of the United States.
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