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Statement by Cristián Samper, President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society, at the One Planet Summit, January 11, 2021 (English, French, Spanish)

WCS's President and CEO Cristián Samper's statement at the One Planet Summit, held on January 11, 2021

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CLIMATE CONFLICT: Rare Footage Captured of Jaguar Killing Ocelot at Waterhole
In what may be a sign of climate-change-induced conflict, researchers have captured rare photographic evidence of a jaguar killing another predatory wild cat at an isolated waterhole in Guatemala.
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Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights 2020 is Underway

The Bronx Zoo officially flipped the switch on Holiday Lights 2020 which will run on select dates November 20 to January 10, bringing New Yorkers much-needed joy for the winter season. Tickets for Holiday Lights must be purchased in advance and are now available online.

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WCS Announces Favorite Wildlife Pics of 2020
NEW YORK - December 22, 2020 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) released today its favorite images of 2020. Ten of the images come from WCS’s Bronx Zoo and other wildlife parks, and ten images are from WCS’s Global Conservation Programs taken by WCS scientists working around the world. This year, each set includes an 11th Honorable Mention photo that has special significance that warranted inclusion in the 2020 list. WCS operates five wildlife parks in New York City (Bronx Z...
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Good News From the Navajo Nation - Scientists Succeed in Tagging Nearly 100 of their Most Iconic of Wild Animals – the Tsétah dibé

Some of the world’s most sacred and spectacular lands unfold across the sovereign Navajo Nation – an area nearly the size of Maine encompassing parts of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. 

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World’s Most Endangered Turtle Gets Some Good News  In 2020
The Ha Noi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have made dramatic progress to possibly prevent the extinction of Swinhoe’s softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) also known as the Yangtze giant softshell turtle or or Hoan Kiem turtle. 
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Campaign Against Bronx Zoo Rejected by Five-Justice Panel
Bronx, Dec 17, 2020 –  The following statement was released today by the Bronx Zoo: “Today, the Bronx Zoo won again in the courts. So did common sense. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department rejected the NonHuman Rights Project’s (NhRP) erroneous arguments in its lawsuit against the Bronx Zoo seeking to expand the writ of habeas corpus to apply to Happy, one of the Bronx Zoo’s Asian elephants. The NhRP sought to have...
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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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Rare climate refuge for coral reefs discovered off the coast of Kenya and Tanzania
A recent study has uncovered a small area off the coast of Kenya and Tanzania harboring a vast array of ocean life. 
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New Forest Landscape Integrity Index Reveals that Only 40 Percent of World’s Forests Have High Integrity
WCS and science partners have produced the first measure of ecological integrity for all the world’s forests, the Forest Landscape Integrity Index
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