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MAPPING A FUTURE FOR ONTARIO’S CARIBOU
Toronto (December 13, 2016). Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada has released “The Caribou Story Map”—a web-based interactive tool that provides users with locations of mining claims and information on the potential effects of mining exploration activities on caribou habitat in Ontario’s Far North.

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New Blue Iguana Exhibit at WCS’s Bronx Zoo  Features Species Once On the Brink of Extinction

NEW YORK – Dec. 13, 2016 A new exhibit in the Reptile House at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo features the Grand Cayman iguana (Cyclura lewisi), also known as the blue iguana. The exhibit is now open to the public and highlights an amazing conservation success story.   Once numbering fewer than 20 animals, the species has been brought back from the brink of extinction.

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Categories: Bronx Zoo

WCS Praises New Regional Ocean Action Plan Made by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body

Bronx, N.Y. – Dec. 12, 2016 – The following statement was issued by WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli at the Wildlife Conservation Society:

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Categories: NY Seascape

NOAA released new rule creating the Seafood Import Monitoring Program, which establishes reporting and recordkeeping requirements to help prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)-caught seafood and misrepresented seafood from reaching U.S. markets

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Cambodia’s Bengal Floricans Threatened by Planned Power Line Development
(Kampong Thom –December 09, 2016) - A proposed power transmission line at the edge of the Tonle Sap Floodplain Protected Landscape (TSFPL), which might be constructed as early as next year, would pose a new threat to the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican.

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Outdoor Recreation in Protected Areas Negatively Impacts Wildlife Globally
FORT COLLINS, CO – December 8, 2016 – Newly published research in the journal PLOS ONE by scientists at WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society ), Colorado State University (CSU), and University of California-Berkeley finds that human recreation activities in protected areas are impacting wildlife, and more often than not, in negative ways.

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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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STUDY: Global habitat loss still rampant across much of the Earth

December 6, 2016 – As 196 signatory nations of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) meet this week in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss their progress towards averting the current biodiversity crisis, researchers from a range of universities and NGOs report in the international journal Conservation Letters that habitat destruction still far outstrips habitat protected across many parts of the planet.

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Triggerfish Needed to Grow Reefs, New Research Finds

November 30, 2016—A study of complex coral reef ecosystems in the western Indian Ocean found that one species of fish—the orange-lined triggerfish—may play a significant role in maintaining a reef’s ability to thrive and grow, according to investigations by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).

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California Court Upholds Ban on State Ivory and Rhino Horn Trade
November 29, 2016 —The Los Angeles Superior Court has upheld California’s ban on trade in ivory and rhino horn, rejecting claims that the ban was unconstitutional.

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