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WCS and Partners in City Nature Challenge Contest Receive Urban Intervention Program Award
WCS’s Bolivia Program and the Institute of Ecology have won an Urban Intervention Program Award, a prestigious honor with national recognition for their online efforts to connect the country’s urban population with nature, specifically by enlisting residents of La Paz in research and conservation actions important for urban wildlife habitats and diversity.
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The following statement was issued by Sara Marinello, WCS Vice President for Government & Community Affairs: "The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) applauds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing into law a bill that will ban the sale within New York State of parts of any species that are classified as ‘Vulnerable.’ "We commend New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright and Senator Monica Martinez for championing this important legislation. "With many species around the w...
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A New Cloud Platform Unveils the Most Diverse Camera Trap Database in the World
Today, conservation organizations released over 4.5 million camera trap records as a part of Wildlife Insights, a groundbreaking cloud platform that provides vital, near real-time information about the wildlife populations across the globe.
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Major Arcadia Fund Grant to WCS Advances Global Conservation of Nature Strongholds
A major new $20 million, four-year grant from Arcadia—a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin—will powerfully advance the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) efforts to save Earth’s most biodiverse protected but vulnerable wilderness areas.
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Mesoamerica Commits to Protect its Five Great Forests as Part of Region’s Climate Action Plan During UN Conference in Madrid

At COP25, for the first time, the eight countries of Central America presented their regional climate action plan, which commits to protect Mesoamerica’s five great forests as part of the natural solution to the climate crisis. This ambitious initiative aims to bring together the agricultural and environmental sectors to restore and conserve 10 million hectares of forests and degraded land by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality in the agricultural and forest sector by 2040.

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Mountain Goats’ Air Conditioning is Failing, Study Says
A new study in the journal PLOS One says Glacier National Park’s iconic mountain goats are in dire need of air conditioning.
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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. To Distribute Toys to Veterans’ Families at Bronx Zoo
On Saturday, Dec. 14, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and officials from WCS’s Bronx Zoo will join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Bronx Zoo to distribute toys to local Bronx military families in need this holiday season. This event is an annual tradition in the Bronx. The partnership between the Bronx Zoo and the Borough President is in its eleventh year. The Bronx Zoo serves as a collection point for new, unwrapped toys donated by members of the community for distribution to families ...
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The Student Government Association at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology  Raises $12,500 for the Wildlife Conservation Society
The Student Government Association at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, a Governor’s school located in Alexandria, Virginia, has donated $12,500 to the Wildlife Conservation Society. 
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5th Graders from Speyer Legacy School Hold Bake Sale To Benefit Wildlife Conservation
A group of 5th grade students from the Speyer Legacy School on the Upper West Side formed a club to help make an impact on wildlife conservation. Their “Save the Wildlife Club” hosted a bake sale to raise money for their mission. With the help of two matching grants, the club raised a total of $3,800 which they donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society.  The club presented the donation to Craig Piper, WCS’s Director of City Zoos, on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the WCS Central ...
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More Dead than Alive: Harvest for Ceremonial Headdresses Threatens Vulnerable Parrot Species  In Papua New Guinea

The demand for feathers for ceremonial headdresses from the highland cultures of Papua New Guinea is putting a vulnerable species of parrot in peril, say WCS scientists.

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