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World’s Most Endangered Turtle Gets Some Good News  In 2020
The Ha Noi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have made dramatic progress to possibly prevent the extinction of Swinhoe’s softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) also known as the Yangtze giant softshell turtle or or Hoan Kiem turtle. 
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Campaign Against Bronx Zoo Rejected by Five-Justice Panel
Bronx, Dec 17, 2020 –  The following statement was released today by the Bronx Zoo: “Today, the Bronx Zoo won again in the courts. So did common sense. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department rejected the NonHuman Rights Project’s (NhRP) erroneous arguments in its lawsuit against the Bronx Zoo seeking to expand the writ of habeas corpus to apply to Happy, one of the Bronx Zoo’s Asian elephants. The NhRP sought to have...
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TURTLE TSUNAMI! WCS releases incredible footage of mass hatching of locally endangered turtle

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released an amazing video showing tens of thousands of Giant South American River turtle hatchlings (Podocnemis expansa) emerging from a sandy beach in a protected area along the Purus River – a tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil.

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Rare climate refuge for coral reefs discovered off the coast of Kenya and Tanzania
A recent study has uncovered a small area off the coast of Kenya and Tanzania harboring a vast array of ocean life. 
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New Forest Landscape Integrity Index Reveals that Only 40 Percent of World’s Forests Have High Integrity
WCS and science partners have produced the first measure of ecological integrity for all the world’s forests, the Forest Landscape Integrity Index
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A Whale of a Tale: Acoustic Monitoring in the Upper and Lower New York Bay

WCS's Ocean Giants experts will speak at the Hudson River Foundation's Edward A. Ames Seminar on Monday, December 7th from 2-3:30 pm ET.

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Pandemic Will Not Cancel WCS Zoos and Aquarium Annual Toy Drive
Bronx, NY – Dec. 4, 2020 ––  The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) zoos and aquarium – the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and NY Aquarium –are continuing the holiday tradition of an annual toy drive, now in its 11th year, even through the pandemic. This year’s toy drive will look a little different but it will ensure families will receive toys during the holidays. The parks will accept toys purchased in their stores b...
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Wildlife Conservation Society and Partners to Demonstrate Groundbreaking Mapping Tool to Measure the Ecological Integrity of the World’s Forests
WCS will hold a media briefing on December 8th to demonstrate a new groundbreaking, publicly available mapping tool that measures ecological integrity for all the world’s forests: the Forest Landscape Integrity Index.
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MEOW MIX: Study Shows How to Re-Wild Big, Juicy Prey Animals for Wild Tigers
A new WCS-led study shows how to fully restore a key tiger landscape by re-wilding it with big, juicy prey animals. Publishing their results in the Journal for Nature Conservation, the authors looked at factors affecting populations of three large ungulates in Thailand’s Western Forest Complex (WEFCOM), a contiguous network of 17 protected areas that together form the largest remaining forest block in mainland Southeast Asia. The 18,000 square kilometer (6,900 square mile) forest is consid...
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Bronx Zoo Announces Holiday Gift Guide for Animal Lovers
Bronx, NY – Cyber Monday, November 30, 2020 –– The holiday season is officially underway with the public opening of Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo, and the much anticipated release of the 2020 edition of the annual Bronx Zoo Holiday Gift Guide. 2020 may be the year of the virtual gift, and the Bronx Zoo has offerings that will engage and excite animal lovers of all ages. The new Virtual Membership will include exclusive behind-the-scenes content led by Bronx Zoo Director Jim B...
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