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Scientists Predict Scary News for a Species of Bat

Two recent scientific studies under a project led by the Wildlife Conservation Society have revealed new insights on where and when bats hibernate across their range, and subsequently predict continued extreme levels of mortality from white-nose syndrome.

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Gorilla Coffee Alliance to Enhance Rural Livelihoods and Wildlife Conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Gorilla Coffee Alliance was launched today by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Nespresso; Olam Food Ingredients (OFI); international nonprofits, TechnoServe and the Wildlife Conservation Society; and Congolese social enterprise, Asili.

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Bronx Zoo’s Holiday Lights Returns for 2021
Bronx, NY – Oct. 18, 2021 – New York is back and so is the City’s premiere outdoor holiday tradition – Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo. Holiday Lights, a family-favorite holiday light experience, will open to the public on November 19, with new light displays that will connect visitors with nature and the spirit of the season. Holiday Lights will operate on select dates from November 19 to January 9 with a WCS member preview November 16-18 (sold out). Tickets for Holid...
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The 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Conference (ukcop 26) is taking place in Glasgow from Oct. 31st through November 12, 2021.

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Statement on the Role of High Forest Low Deforestation (HFLD) Credits in the LEAF Coalition (Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest finance)

A statement by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Re:wild (formerly Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC)), World Resources Institute (WRI), and Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN).

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WCS Statement on China’s New White Paper: “Biodiversity Conservation in China”

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) welcomes China’s white paper, Biodiversity Conservation in China and the increasing commitment of China to biodiversity conservation, both at home in China and across the globe.

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WCS and FFI Launch Local Conservation Funds to Build Resilience of Partners Worldwide

In recognition of the vital role of local organizations in assuring long-term conservation, WCS and FFI are announcing new commitments to help local partners build critical capacities to adapt to new realities.

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WCS Statement on Extinction of Species in the U.S.
New York, NY (Sept. 29, 2021) – WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper released the following statement today on the announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposing that 22 animal species and one plant species in the United States be declared extinct. “The announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that 22 animal species and one plant species should be removed from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and declared extinct in United States reminds us that ...
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Bangladesh Takes Major Step to Protect Threatened Sharks and Rays
Dhaka, Bangladesh – Sept. 28, 2021 – This week the Government of Bangladesh took a major step to improve the protection of threatened sharks and rays by updating the list of species and species groups under the Wildlife (Conservation and Security) Act, 2012. The updated list empowers the strict protection of eight genera and 23 shark and ray species, while allowing the sustainable exploitation, consumption, and trade of one genus and 29 species if their catch is found to be non-de...
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The following statement was released by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper in response to President Biden’s commitment to double the United States’ previous climate finance pledge, announced at the UN General Assembly.

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