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GREAT START FOR 2017: WCS Applauds U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management  For Denying Seismic Survey Permits in Mid- and South Atlantic Waters
January 6, 2017 –WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) commends the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for today’s announcement on the decision to deny six permit applications for airgun seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic waters of the eastern United States. 

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New Canada Lynx Debuts at WCS's Queens Zoo
Flushing, N.Y. – Jan. 5, 2017 – A female Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) has arrived at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo and is making her public debut. 

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China Announcement of Domestic Ivory Ban in 2017 - English Translation
New York  (Jan. 3, 2016)    Today WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) is releasing an English language version of China’s historic announcement on ivory made on Dec. 30, 2016. The text was translated by WCS.

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China Announces It Will Shut Down Its Domestic Commercial Elephant Ivory Trade in 2017
December 30, 2016 -- China has announced today that it will close its domestic commercial elephant ivory trade in 2017.

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Spring Toward Extinction? Cheetah Numbers Crash Globally

December 26, 2016 - The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), is sprinting towards the edge of extinction and could soon be lost forever unless urgent, landscape-wide conservation action is taken, according to a study published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Paraguay Unveils New Management Plan For Jaguars
Asunción, Paraguay (December 22, 2016) – The Government of Paraguay took a major step forward today to ensuring a future for the Western Hemisphere’s largest cat species by completing a country-wide management plan for jaguars, the culmination of two years of cooperation between government agencies, the public and private sectors, and researchers from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other NGOs.

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MEDIA NOTE: Confiscated Birds Released to Wild in Indonesia

(New York - December 22, 2016) North Maluku Nature Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Indonesian Cockatoo Conservation (KKI) and WCS-IP (Wildlife Conservation Society-Indonesia Program) released 117 confiscated birds in North Maluku, Indonesia on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Released birds included 49 chattering lorries, 40 white cockatoos and 28 eclectus parrots.

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CHRISTMAS IN THE CONGO: New Protected Area to Conserve Unique Species Created in the Democratic Republic of Congo
December 21, 2016 – The Kabobo Natural Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of Africa’s most biodiverse sites, had its boundaries formally approved today by the Provincial Governor of Tanganyika Province – a critical step in establishing and ensuring the effective protection of this important site. 

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WCS Applauds President Obama’s Protection of Offshore Areas from Oil and Gas Drilling

WASHINGTON (December 21, 2016) – WCS applauded President Obama’s decision to withdraw offshore areas in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from future oil and gas development, including the Hudson Canyon off the coast of New York. 

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New Strategy Dismantles Ivory Trafficking Networks in Northern Republic of Congo
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo-December 20, 2016-An integrated approach with on-the-ground patrols coupled with intelligence-driven operations are effectively taking down the patrons of elephant poaching and dismantling the criminal syndicates.

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