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Op-Ed: Molecular Tech Helps Fight Wildlife Crime
Over the past decade, portable technologies, including miniature sequencing and DNA detection tools, have been developed that  have great potential in the fight against wildlife crime. 
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Study Finds Tropical Cyclone Winston Damaged Fisheries as Well as Homes in Fiji
A newly published study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has found that impacts of Tropical Cyclone Winston on the coastal communities of Fiji went beyond the immediate loss of lives and infrastructure. The cyclone also had a lingering effect on the fisheries many communities depend on, particularly on the availability of commercially important crustaceans. 
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WCS: No Oil and Gas Development Should be  Allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper issues statement on oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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WCS Statement on the UK Ivory Ban – the Ivory Act of 2018

WCS releases statement congratulating the Government of the United Kingdom for passing the 2018 Ivory Act.

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WCS Announces Favorite Wildlife Pics of 2018

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) released today its favorite images of 2018. Ten of the images come from WCS’s Bronx Zoo (with one from the New York Aquarium), and ten images are from WCS’s Global Conservation Programs taken by WCS scientists working around the world. 

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WCS, China Tech Giant Tencent, and other NGOs Team up to Fight Wildlife Crime
WCS participated in the “Tencent for the Planet” Partnership Conference on December 19th, joining the Chinese tech giant and a cadre of conservation groups in a global effort to fight wildlife crime. 
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New Yorkers Have Fallen In Love with a Duck

A Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata) was spotted in Central Park in October and New Yorkers have been posting photos and noting sightings on social media ever since – New York is in love with this duck! The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which operates four zoos and an aquarium in New York City, has long since confirmed that the Mandarin duck spotted in Central Park and other locations around the city did not come from one of its zoos. For those who want a sure way to see a Mandarin duck, this same beautiful species can be observed at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo.

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A new study by WCS, El Colegio de Frontera Sur, Washington State University and other key regional partners has found that the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), one of the last large herding mammals of the Americas, has been eliminated from 87 percent of its historical range in Mesoamerica. 
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The New York State Supreme Court in Orleans County today ruled that a habeas corpus petition filed by the NonHuman Rights Project (NRP) -- claiming Happy, a 47 year old Asian elephant at the Bronx Zoo, should have the same rights as a  person – would be more properly heard in Bronx County. Today’s ruling is the latest in a long series of losses for this group as they desperately seek ways to use the courts to advance their agenda. Similar petitions brought by NRP in all four judicial departments in the State of New York, as well as a court in Connecticut, have been rejected on the merits.

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Argentina Creates Two Massive Marine Parks

The Government of Argentina has created two massive offshore marine parks in the southwest Atlantic that will help protect the diverse marine life of the Patagonian Sea, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and a host of other partners who have worked for years to protect these biodiverse seascapes.

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