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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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Belize’s Glover’s Reef Providing Refuge For New Generation of Sea Turtles
November 29, 2016—A new generation of threatened hawksbill sea turtles is thriving in the protected waters of Glover’s Reef Atoll, Belize, evidence that efforts to protect these and other marine species in one of the world’s great barrier reef systems are working, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and the Belize Fisheries Department. 

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Will the Jaguar Survive? Conservation Groups have a Plan
November 23, 2016 — The (WCS) Wildlife Conservation Society reports the publication of a plan to help guide multi-institutional efforts in conserving the jaguar (Panthera onca) in the Amazon basin.

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WCS Releases First Known Pics of Hippos from World Class Protected Area
November 23, 2016 – Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) were recently surprised to discover a pair of hippos in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo – and took the first-known images of these huge beasts in this world-class protected area.

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 Hacking for Wildlife: Tech Experts Hold Hackathon to Fight Wildlife Trafficking

November 22, 2016 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and SMART Partnership announced that it will hold a hackathon challenge to improve SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) – the world’s leading tool for protected area management. The challenge will be held at Amazon.com’s AWS ReInvent Conference in Las Vegas on Monday, November 28th.   

 

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Wildlife Conservation Society Issues Statement from the Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Hanoi
Nov. 21, 2016 – The following statement was issued today by the Wildlife Conservation Society concerning the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, hosted by the Government of Vietnam on Nov. 17 and 18.

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