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New SNAPP Ventures Will Seek Solutions on Water, Poverty, Sanitation, Livestock Disease, Drought

Santa Barbara, Calif. (March 2, 2018) – The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) announced the launch of five new multi-disciplinary teams aimed at tackling global issues including water quantity, poverty, sanitation, livestock disease, and drought. 

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“Big Cats: Predators under Threat” Watch the Official PSA for UN World Wildlife Day 2018
The United Nations has released the official public service announcement (PSA) for the United Nations’ World Wildlife Day 2018 celebrated each year on March 3rd – the original signing date of the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). 
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A Bird in the Bush Equals Money in the Hand
Vientiane - Lao-PDR  (February 28, 2017) – A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Foundations of Success (FOS) finds that an ecotourism strategy based on “direct payments,” where local people are compensated for the amount of wildlife seen by tourists, has resulted in a reduction in illegal hunting and an increase in wildlife sightings.
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Successful Anti-poaching Operation Leads to 5-Year Conviction for Three Poachers in Republic of Congo
OUESSO, Republic of Congo (February 23, 2018) – Three poachers responsible for slaughtering eleven elephants in and around Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in January were convicted to five years’ imprisonment by the local district court last week, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). The poachers, who had ventured deep into the remote Ndoki forest and spent three weeks killing elephants for their ivory, walked into an ambush setup by park rangers as they exited the forest on February 2nd. Three of the six poachers were apprehended.
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Critically Endangered Siamese Crocodile to Get Key Recognition as Mascot
(Bogor, Indonesia – February 22, 2018) – WCS Indonesia applauds the Government of East Kutai for celebrating the Siamese crocodile as the mascot for the East Kalimantan Provincial Games of 2018.

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Special Note to Journalists: Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai, WCS Fiji Country Director, Named a 2018 Pew Marine Fellow
Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai, our WCS Fiji Country Director, has been named one of the eight Pew marine fellows for 2018.
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Birds and Beans: Study Shows Which Type of Coffee Plantations  are Best for Bird Diversity

It’s an age-old debate for coffee lovers.  Which is better: Arabica beans with their sweeter, softer taste, or the bold, deep flavor of Robusta beans? A new study by WCS, Princeton University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison appearing in the journal Scientific Reports has taken the question to unlikely coffee aficionados: birds.


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WCS Conservationists Win ACE Award  For Conservation Excellence
WCS is pleased to announce that two of its conservationists, Dr. Nyawira Muthiga and Dr.Tim McClanahan, have been awarded the 2018 Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE). Drs. Muthiga and McClanahan were nominated together as one finalist. The Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE) was created to recognize the extraordinary contributions made to wildlife conservation by the world’s leading scientists. Along with the other four finalists—Dr. Joel Berger and Dr. Ul...
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Animal Planet’s “THE ZOO” Returns for a Second Season March 10 at 9pm ET/PT

Animal Planet’s THE ZOO, the first-ever series to go behind the scenes at the world-famous Bronx Zoo, returns for an all-new season on Saturday, March 10 at 9 PM ET/PT. THE ZOO shares an unscripted look at the knowledge and diverse skills needed to operate a zoo. It focuses on the level of care given to the animals, the bond that exists between the animals and the staff, and how the higher purpose of zoos and aquariums is conservation of species in the wild.

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WCS: President’s Proposed Budget Would Be Devastating for Conservation, National Security and Economic Security

WASHINGTON (February 13, 2018) – The budget blueprint released by the Administration for Fiscal Year 2019 spending is shortsighted and harmful to American interests.

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