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Celebrating World Wildlife Day, March 3: Video Shows Daring Rescue of Trapped Elephant

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released dramatic video today showing the rescue of an Asian elephant that had tumbled into a Vietnam War-era bomb crater in Cambodia and couldn’t get out.

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WCS issued a statement and analysis regarding a decision of the 24th February 2020, 16th meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress, on “Comprehensively Prohibiting the Illegal Trade of Wild Animals, Eliminating the Bad Habits of Wild Animal Consumption, and Protecting the Health and Safety of the People.”

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WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Announces Request for Proposals for Nature-Based Climate Adaptation Projects
Through its Climate Adaptation Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is soliciting proposals from nonprofit conservation organizations implementing new methods that help wildlife adapt to the rapidly-shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change. 
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The Numbers are in: Study Finds World’s Oceans Need 3.2 Million Additional Square Miles of Protection
Read the Study Here: http://bit.ly/38Jxb30NEW YORK (February 21, 2020) – An international study published today in the journal One Earth found that at least 26 percent of the ocean requires conservation attention in order to preserve Earth’s marine biodiversity. The study found that conserving a portion of habitat for all marine species would require an additional 8.5 million km2 (3.2M square miles – an area about the size of Brazil) of new conservation areas (2.5 percent...
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The following statement was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society:“We are greatly saddened by the news this week that the sentences of the eight conservationists unjustly imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage were upheld. “All eight of these Iranian women and men, Niloufar Bayani, Taher Ghadirian, Amir Hossein Khaleghi, Houman Jowkar, Sepideh Kashani, Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, Sam Rajabi, and Morad Tahbaz are respected conservation professionals who were arrested in...
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Jaguars Receive Further Protection Under Convention of Migratory Species
The jaguar proposal for Appendix I and II was approved by consensus at the CMS CoP 13 in India today
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Current Strategic Plan for Biodiversity is Failing, Scientist Says in Journal Nature

Prioritizing and tracking the protection of countries’ ecosystems – from wetlands to reefs to forests and more – is critical to protecting Earth’s biodiversity.

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Statement from the Bronx ZooBronx Zoo, Feb. 19, 2020 – The Bronx Zoo issued a statement today in connection with a lawsuit filed against the zoo by the NonHuman Rights Project. The statement concerns a judge’s dismissal of a case against the zoo in which the judge finds the elephant at the Bronx Zoo, Happy, “is not a “person” and is not being illegally imprisoned.” Said Jim Breheny, Director of the Bronx Zoo and EVP of Zoos & Aquarium at the Wildlife Conse...
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Fabricio Diaz Santos Receives Disney Conservation Hero Award
WCS announced that Fabricio Díaz Santos, Coordinator of WCS's Jaguar Conservation Program in Nicaragua, has been honored with a 2019 Disney Conservation Hero Award. The award recognizes local citizens for their commitment to save wildlife, protect habitats and inspire their communities to take part in conservation efforts. Recipients from around the world were nominated by nonprofit environmental organizations, and each honoree and his nominating organization will share a $1,500...
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Six Finalists Announced for World's Top Animal Conservation Award
Officials from the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc., the presenter of the world’s leading award for animal conservation, today named the six Finalists that will contend for the 2020 Indianapolis Prize and $250,000.  WCS's Chief Conservation Officer, Dr. John G. Robinson, is one of the finalists.
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