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  • Canine Distemper Confirmed in Far Eastern Leopard, World’s Most Endangered Big CatCanine Distemper Confirmed in Far Eastern Leopard, World’s Most Endangered Big Cat

    17 January 2018 – The Far Eastern or Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is already among the rarest of the world’s big cats, but new research reveals that it faces yet another threat: infection with canine distemper virus (CDV).

  • STUDY: High Tolerance for Wildlife Exists Around Indian Reserves Despite Continued LossesSTUDY: High Tolerance for Wildlife Exists Around Indian Reserves Despite Continued Losses

    RAJASTHAN, INDIA (January 16, 2018)  A new study from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), Duke University, and the Centre for Wildlife Studies in India finds that communities living near wildlife reserves in Rajasthan, India, show a high tolerance for wildlife. This is despite them having experienced losses in crops and livestock as a result of interaction with wildlife like nilgai, jackal and wild pig, as well as larger carnivores such as leopard and wolves. Understanding these attitudes towards wildlife is critical to informing park management policies and practices.

  • A Mother Parrot’s Worst Nightmare: Nest Robbing Falcons in GuatemalaA Mother Parrot’s Worst Nightmare: Nest Robbing Falcons in Guatemala

    January 12, 2018 — What’s a mother scarlet macaw’s worst nightmare? Nest-raiding falcons, which were caught on camera by WCS researchers working in the forests of Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve, according to a new study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and partners.

  • Message Sent: Justice Served Swiftly to Markhor Poachers in PakistanMessage Sent: Justice Served Swiftly to Markhor Poachers in Pakistan

    Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan (January 8, 2018) The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) applauds the Government of Gilgit-Balitistan (GB) for the expeditious arrest and sentencing of markhor poachers in Astore District of the GB. Further, the penalties are of a severity that meets the seriousness of the offense, and are sure to send a message that will deter others from considering similar pilfering of Pakistan’s unique natural resources.

  • Colombia Creates New Marine and Coastal Area Benefitting Wildlife and Coastal CommunitiesColombia Creates New Marine and Coastal Area Benefitting Wildlife and Coastal Communities

    January 5, 2018 – The Government of Colombia has recently established a new marine and coastal area for conservation and sustainable use in partnership with local communities in Tumaco, Colombia, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). 


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January 12 - Setting Sail for the Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey

To better understand and safeguard marine diversity, WCS and local partners are currently conducting the Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey. Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur reports for National Geographic.

January 11 - Community-Based Conservation: Building Grassroots Demand for Democracy

Through conservation, more local communities are learning how to collaborate in building processes and procedures to ensure their members share the benefits of sustainable natural resource use.

January 11 - Bringing Bolivia’s Flying Potato from the Jungle to the City

Rob Wallace reports on how Leco communities in Bolivia are improving practices for family gardens, as well as for coffee, cattle ranching, incense, and small livestock management.


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The Wonders of the WCS NY Aquarium: An Ongoing Picture Blog

January 20, 2017

The above photo, taken on an overcast day in January, shows the structural steel in place for supporting the future Shimmer Wall. Adjustments and modifications are in the process of being made before cabling is installed to hold the 33,000 aluminum panels that will be the most prominent feature of the building's facade. Credit: NYA OWS Site Camera January 18, 2017

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