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Helmeted Hornbills in Decline: The Elephant in the Room
by Madhu Rao
“Without a doubt, in the absence of bold and targeted action, it is only a matter of time before we witness the permanent loss of this magnificent species — an avoidable tragedy," writes WCS's Madhu Rao.
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Asian Otters: Out of the Water and Into…a Café?
by Elizabeth Bennett
The international community took steps to protect two increasingly rare Asian otter species this week, providing an important reminder that treating otters as pets harms the iconic animals in the wild.
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With New Protections, Saiga Antelope May Continue to Be a Symbol of Central Asia
by Enkhtuvshin Shiilegdamba
In the wake of action at CITES, WCS Mongolia Country Director Enkhtuvshin Shiilegdamba notes in a new commentary for Mongabay, "We’re proud to be the generation that agreed to protect this species of great cultural and ecological importance."
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Playing Offense and Defense on Climate at the Same Time
by Lauren Oakes
Every dollar invested in forests multiplies through the gains they give people. Responding carefully and strategically to the impacts occurring at the local scale will enable us to confront what’s coming and help alter the trajectory.
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For Vicuna, Trade Protections and Health Monitoring Go Hand in Hand
by Yovana Murillo
During debate at CITES, WCS proposed that vicuña range states include health monitoring during annual shearing campaigns. When large herds are brought together there is an opportunity to complete proactive health assessments.
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The Amazon: A Fortress for Life on Earth Is Burning
by Carlos Durigan
WCS is asking all parties to help mitigate this emergency. The immediate need is to target on the ground resources to bring existing the fires under control and prevent new ones.
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Glass Frogs under Threat in Latin America
by Adrian Reuter
Species across Latin America face threats that include illegal harvest, use, and trade to meet demand. Glass frogs fall among the taxa whose international trade could significantly threaten their survival in the wild.
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CITES 2019: What’s Conservation Got To Do With It?
by Susan Lieberman
When governments join a treaty such as CITES," writes WCS's Sue Lieberman as CoP 18 gets underway, "they have agreed to act for the global good, and not let their decisions be swayed by the pressures of those more interested in trade than conservation."
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Finding Hope for Coral Reefs
by Emily Darling
With our planet changing faster than ever, we have to think big and act fast. Climate ‘cool spots’ can help corals survive and will be important refuges of reef biodiversity. Strong local management is key, but urgent action on climate change is needed to cool down our our oceans.
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What Threatened Lions Can Teach Us about the Circle of Life
by Tim Tear
If lions are to survive in Africa, the global community must take bolder, more holistic approaches to land management, addressing this challenge not solely as conservation of a single species but as an international development imperative.
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A post-Shark Week lesson about conservation off the coast of the Northeast
by Jake LaBelle
We soon hope to be able to tell the complete story of sand tiger shark life history. At a time when sharks face growing threats around the globe, this information will be vital to setting up better protections for our local species.
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Conservation of Sharks, Rays, and Chimaeras in the Patagonian Sea
by Juan Martin Cuevas
The Patagonian Sea is one of the most productive coastal-oceanic areas in the Southern Hemisphere. This ecosystem has global importance as a source of food for migratory species of birds, fish including sharks, turtles and marine mammals.
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Confronting Flames, Floods and More in a Warming World
by Lauren Oakes
Many people who are tackling local adaptation projects say the work begins in our communities, with the people who will appreciate the risks at hand and the value of responding to the local consequences of the global problem.
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Indonesia’s First Record of ‘Living Fossil’: The Goblin Shark
by Hollie Booth and Muhammad Ichsan
Sometimes called a ‘living fossil,’ the goblin shark is the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, an ancient lineage some 125 million years old that would have coinhabited the earth with dinosaurs.
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Shark Fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean Are Headed for Deep Water
by Rhett Bennett
Owing to overexploitation, 27% of shark and ray species in the Western Indian Ocean are now classified as Critically Endangered, Endangered, or Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.
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Why We Need To Think About People This Shark Week
by Hollie Booth
In a new blog for Shark Week, Hollie Booth discusses WCS Indonesia’s long-term vision to protect and sustainably manage sharks and rays to provide long-term benefits for people and ecosystems in Indonesia.
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