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Community Science Is Helping Track Wolverines in the Cascades
by Matthew Scrafford
As community scientists, biologists, and trained trackers become better able to identify wolverine tracks in the snow, we hope to collect ever more reliable data on the extent to which wolverines are living and thriving in Washington state and develop strategies to conserve them here and throughout their range.
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Conservationists Want to Bring Wily Wolverines Back to the Rockies
by Brent Brock
In a new op-ed for Live Science, WCS's Brent Brock argues that we must "work together to bring wolverines back to Colorado after a century-long absence and ensure their long-term survival as an iconic ambassador for the Wild Rockies."
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Conserving Marine Ecosystems Through India's Wild Life Protection Act Is Not Very Effective
by Shivani Swami
India's Wild Life Protection Act needs to be better tailored to adequately protect marine species and habitats, while also keeping in mind the needs of coastal communities that are dependent on marine resources, writes WCS's Shivani Swami.
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In Gabon, a New Partnership for Sharks and Rays Announced on World Oceans Day
by Gaspard Abitsi, Godefroy De Bruyne, Luke Warwick
The diversity of habitat in Gabon’s waters creates a perfect home for a wide range of shark and ray species: from whale sharks to giant manta rays, scalloped hammerheads, and guitarfish.
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Let's Rebuild the U.S. Jaguar Population—Yes, Jaguars
by Eric Sanderson
In a new commentary for Scientific American, WCS's Eric Sanderson argues that while most Americans are probably surprised that we still share a country with these magnificent big cats, they will need help to survive
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A Plan to Save the World’s Sharks and Rays
by Luke Warwick
In a new commentary introducing WCS's new global Shark and Ray conservation strategy on World Oceans Day, WCS's Luke Warwick warns, "If we don’t act now, we will lose the remaining populations of these slow-growing predators forever."
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How Mount Kilimanjaro and We Can Save Corals
by Tim McClanahan
In a commentary for World Oceans Day, WCS's Tim McClanahan explores how ancient runoff from Mt. Kilimanjaro contributed to marine channels that today help to provide a climate refuge to coral reefs in the Western Indian Ocean.
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Why Fiji’s ‘Green’ Recovery From Covid-19 Must Prioritize the Ocean
by Sangeeta Mangubhai
As the world begins to recover from the COVID pandemic, argues WCS's Sangeeta Mangubhai, the timing is perfect for countries to go beyond a “green” recovery to design a way forward that also prioritizes the world’s marine ecosystems.
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Can Biden’s 30×30 Plan Put U.S. on a Positive Conservation Track?
by Joe Walston
In a new episode of the Mongabay podcast, WCS's Joe Walston tells us that the Biden 30×30 plan has been welcomed by environmentalists, even though many important details of the plan still need to be hammered out.
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Conserving Borneo’s Critically Endangered Orangutans
by Joshua Pandong
In a new blog for PBS Nature, WCS's Josh Pandong writes while "my teammates and I are privileged to have gained a better understanding of orangutans after years of research, we've discovered that there is still so much more to learn about this critically endangered species."
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A Wild Animal Curator Comes Home
by Donna Doherty
"There is a saying that you can’t go home again, but five years ago I returned 'home' to the Bronx Zoo," writes WCS's Donna Doherty in a new essay for PBS Nature. Having visited often as a child when her father worked at the Bronx Zoo, Donna now serves as the park's Curator of Ungulates and Carnivores.
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Mozambique: Leading the Way on the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas
by Hugo Costa
This year, on Endangered Species Day and the International Day for Biodiversity, 29 KBAs are being presented to the country and the world by the Minister of Land and Environment of Mozambique.
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Species Snapshot: The Gentle and Quirky White-Bellied Pangolin
by Charles Emogor
The white-bellied pangolin is one of eight evolutionary distinct pangolin species split equally between Africa and Asia. These gentle and somewhat quirky animals should be celebrated, but instead they’re sadly often killed for their unique scales.
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A People-First Approach to Conservation In Papua New Guinea
by Elizah Nagombi
In a new blog for PBS Nature, WCS PNG's Elizah Nagombi observes that conservation in PNG takes a people-focused approach, as local livelihoods and culture are strengthened by sustainable use of nature.
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The Big Straw Law: Kudos to the New York City Council for Protecting Wildlife, Businesses and People
by John Calvelli, Sharon Shapiro-Lacks
WCS's John Calvelli joins disability advocate Sharon Shapiro-Lacks in an op-ed for the NY Daily News, praising a plastic straw bill that—if passed—would represent a win for the environment, for people with disabilities, and for the principle of enlightened private enterprise and government.
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How Culture and Passion Clash for the Millennial Zookeeper
by Cora Kim
In a new commentary for PBS Nature, WCS's Cora Kim, describes her determined journey to become a Wild Animal Keeper in the Bronx Zoo's Mammal Department and the challenges she overcame as a 2nd generation immigrant to the United States.
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