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Good News for Wild Tigers
by Dale Miquelle
When the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, recently reported that wild tiger numbers had increased by 40 percent since 2010, WCS Tiger Species Coordinator Dale Miquelle wasn’t surprised. He was one of several scientists who contributed to the report. WCS Wild Audio recently caught up with him to find out what’s making the difference in tiger conservation today.
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Pacific Islanders’ Food-Sharing Customs Ensure Resiliency in Face of Disaster
by Stacy Jupiter, Teri Tuxson, Caroline Ferguson, Sangeeta Mangubhai
WCS's Stacy Jupiter and her cowriters explain how Pacific Islanders are able to fall back on existing customs of food sharing and on their knowledge of food production techniques to ensure food availability during times of crisis.
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A New Way to Count African Forest Elephants: DNA From Dung
by Alice Laguardia, Gaspard Abitsi
In a new commentary for The Revelator, WCS's Alice Laguardia and Gaspard Abitsi describe how the first nationwide DNA-based assessment of a free-ranging large mammal in Africa revealed that an estimated 95,000 forest elephants live in Gabon, spread across 90 percent of the country—confirming the nation as the principal stronghold for this critically endangered species.
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Kids Ask Questions for Tiger Experts
by Dale Miquelle
For the latest episode of the WildCats Pawcast, its hosts handed the metaphorical podcasting microphone over to some of the world’s most enquiring minds: kids But, can leading tiger experts withstand the interrogation? WCS's Dale Miquelle joins the conservation.
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Ensuring a Sustainable Trade in Sharks and Rays Before It’s Too Late
by Luke Warwick
By providing much-needed protections and sustainable management, writes WCS's Luke Warwick in a new blog for PBS Nature during Shark Week, newly-proposed listings for sharks and rays at the upcoming CITES CoP in November could be a game-changer for shark conservation .
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A Push to Expand Global Protections for Sharks and Rays
by Luke Warwick
This November scientists, policymakers, and advocates from across the globe will gather in Panama for the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). WCS Executive Director for Shark and Ray Conservation Luke Warwick has his eye on a proposal to list the entire family of requiem sharks for protection. WCS Wild Audio recently sat down with him to understand the urgency and strategy behind that goal.
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Conservation Experts Plot a Future for Sharks
by Luke Warwick
In a new blog timed to Shark Week, WCS Executive Director for Shark and Ray Conservation Luke Warwick describes WCS's work to provide guidance on how to identify illegally traded shark fins and develop effective protected areas in the ocean that are tailored to sharks needs.
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Happy Sharks, Rays, and Sea Cucumbers as Madagascar Strives for More Sustainable Trade
by Rhett Bennett, Mark Bond, Ravaka Ranaivoson
At a time when shark and ray populations are declining and some of their body parts are among the most valuable in the global seafood trade, write WCS's Rhett Bennett and Ravaka Ranaivoson in a new essay for PBS Nature, the Madagascar government has committed to improving the sustainability of trade in these highly sought-after and highly threatened species
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How New Technology Is Transforming Conservation
by Jonathan Palmer, Danielle LaBruna
Whether it's drones recording video in previously inaccessible areas, artificial intelligence sorting through thousands of camera trap images, or microphones in the ocean recording whale sounds to determine which species are present, technology is transforming the practice of conservation today. To find out how WCS is using technology to up its conservation game, Wild Audio checked in with Jonathan Palmer and Danielle LaBruna from WCS's Conservation Technology team.
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Reducing Human-Elephant Conflict in Thailand
by Manoon Pliosungnoen
WCS Thailand’s Manoon Pliosungnoen describes a unique fencing structure that has been successfully deployed to deter elephants from raiding local farmers’ cropland adjacent to Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan National Park. Since the fencing went up, the number of human-elephant conflict incidents has fallen from more than 400 in 2005 to about 40 incidents in 2020.
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Preventing Pandemics at the Source
by Chris Walzer, Susan Lieberman
Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, we’ve developed strategies to confront the crisis where we live—expanding supplies of protective equipment and following guidelines to avoid catching the virus. But as the pandemic continues, WCS's Chris Walzer and Sue Lieberman say we now need to focus on reducing pathogen spillover at the source.
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Working Behind the Scenes to Make Science Happen
by Cassandra Paul
In a new essay for PBS Nature celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride month, WCS's Cassandra Paul describes "privilege of learning about the amazing history of global conservation at WCS through the photographs and illustrations we hold in our archival collections."
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The Bronx Zoo Is Working to Save Some of the World’s Most Threatened Turtle Species
by Don Boyer
After serving as the Bronx Zoo’s Curator of Herpetology for 11 years, Don Boyer retired this year. Before he left, WCS Wild Audio toured the Bronx Zoo’s Turtle Propagation Center with Don to discuss some of the highlights of his inspiring career and the Bronx Zoo’s efforts to breed highly threatened turtle species and return them to the wild.
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Zoo and Aquarium Education Programs Inspire Wonder
by Marcos Stafne
"We may not be able to consciously take in all the glorious phenomena that fills our lives," notes WCS's Marcos Stafne in a new essay for PBS Nature celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month, "but environments like museums, zoos, and aquariums help us to slow down, open our eyes to the natural world around us, and consider how we can contribute to our overall global well-being."
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Tenacity: Stories about Perseverance
by Emily Darling
For the Story Collider podcast, WCS's Emily Darling discusses the importance of underwater science and how she is working closely with scientists around the world to measure the impact of coral reef conservation.
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The Dog Who Helped Me Save The Sharks
by Marcus Parker
In a new essay for PBS Nature to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Marcus Parker writes, "While my neighborhood dog, Louie, chased bouncing, neon spheres, I chased the feeling of belonging, of safety, and of being valued for being me. Usually we think of humans as the caretakers of dogs, but Louie took care of me—an isolated, gay kid—in ways that humans had not. I have since spent the majority of my working life repaying the favor."
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