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Two-and-a-Half-Year Identidad Madidi Expedition Ends After Visiting 15 Remote Sites in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (May 22, 2018) — After a two-and-a-half-year expedition through the world’s most biodiverse protected area, the Identidad Madidi explorers have concluded their epic quest of completing a massive biological survey of Madidi National Park, uncovering more than 120 potentially new species of plants, butterflies and vertebrates in the process, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).
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Conservation groups applaud House introduction of WILD Act

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2018) – Congressmen Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act, a bipartisan bill which contains several measures that are imperative to conserving wildlife and wild places.

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Shocking Study Shows One Third of World’s Protected Areas Degraded by Human Activities

A shocking study in the journal Science by the University of Queensland, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and University of Northern British Columbia confirms that one third of the world’s protected areas – an astonishing 2.3 million square miles or twice the size of the state of Alaska – are now under intense human pressure including road building, grazing, and urbanization.

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Scientists Discover Balance of Thermal Energy and Low Climate Stress Drive Coral Species Diversity
May 1, 2018 – Marine scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), University of Warwick, and University of Queensland have identified two key factors that create the ideal conditions needed for high species diversity in coral reefs: thermal energy in the form of warm water and low climate stress. 
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Massive Study Across Western Equatorial Africa Finds More Gorillas and Chimpanzees Than Expected, but 80% Are Outside the Safe Havens of Protected Areas

A massive decade-long study of Western Equatorial Africa’s gorillas and chimpanzees has uncovered both good news and bad about our nearest relatives. The good news: there are one third more western lowland gorillas and one tenth more central chimpanzees than previously thought. The bad news: the vast majority of these great apes (80 percent) exist outside of protected areas, and gorilla populations are declining by 2.7 percent annually.

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Landmark Paper Finds Light at End of the Tunnel for World’s Wildlife and Wild Places
A new WCS paper published in the journal BioScience finds that the enormous trends toward population stabilization, poverty alleviation, and urbanization are rewriting the future of biodiversity conservation in the 21st century, offering new hope for the world’s wildlife and wild places.
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10th Annual “WCS Run for the Wild” at the Bronx Zoo

Bronx, N.Y. – April 23, 2018 – The 2018 WCS Run for the Wild marks the 10th anniversary of the Bronx Zoo’s 5K event dedicated to saving wildlife and wild places.  The annual 5K race and family fun run/walk scheduled for Saturday, April 28.  Runners, walkers, and wildlife supporters are invited to participate.

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BRONX ZOO CREATES DIGITAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES WITH LEGENDARY BRONX ARTISTS AS PART OF SPRING EVENT SERIES “BOOGIE DOWN AT THE BRONX ZOO”
Bronx, NY – April 20, 2018 – The Bronx Zoo is hosting a series of spring events called “Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo” celebrating the diverse culture and history of the Bronx. In a new series of digital documentary videos produced by the Bronx Zoo in collaboration with Cutters Studios, featured performers and artists reveal why the Bronx and the Bronx Zoo were so important to them growing up, and how the Bronx Zoo is integral to the fabric of all cultures represented in t...
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WCS: No Oil and Gas Development Should be Allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

WASHINGTON (April 19, 2018) – WCS remains adamant that no oil and gas development should occur in one of America’s most unspoiled, treasured landscapes. 

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New York Aquarium Opens New “OCEANSIDE GRILL” Serving up Sustainable Seafood and No Plastics
The WCS New York Aquarium has opened an ocean-side grill that will serve up sustainable seafood and tips on how to eat responsibly as stewards of the world’s ocean. The grill is a no single-use plastic zone. All food is served on environmentally-friendly packaging: no plastic straws, cups, bags or other items.
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