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Sept. 11, 2017 – The following statement was issued today by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) upon the United Nation’s General Assembly adoption of its third resolution on illegal wildlife trade. Building on two earlier General Assembly resolutions adopted in 2015 and 2016, the 2017 resolution is the most comprehensive on the issue so far. 

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Famous Tree-Climbing Lions of Uganda Roaming Farther  As Prey Animals Decrease
KAMPALA, Uganda (May 11, 2017) – Scientists in Uganda studying the behaviors of the country’s famous tree-climbing lions have found that the home ranges of lion prides in the study areas have increased over time as they search farther for diminishing numbers of prey animals.

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Can’t we all Just Get Along – Like India’s Cats and Dogs?
February 16, 2017 – A new WCS study in India shows that three carnivores – tigers, leopards, and dholes (Asian wild dog) – seemingly in direct competition with one other, are living side by side with surprisingly little conflict. 

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Spring Toward Extinction? Cheetah Numbers Crash Globally

December 26, 2016 - The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), is sprinting towards the edge of extinction and could soon be lost forever unless urgent, landscape-wide conservation action is taken, according to a study published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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International Efforts Needed to Save World’s Largest Mammals, Scientists Say
July 27, 2016 – A team of conservation biologists is calling for a worldwide strategy to prevent the unthinkable: the extinction of the world’s largest mammal species.

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Endangered Tiger Killed in Myanmar Came from Thailand
MARCH 9, 2016 - Experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) say that a tiger killed on Feb 25th in Myanmar came from a protected area in neighboring Thailand that currently hosts between 60 and 70 tigers.

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United for Wildlife Partners Welcome China’s Bold Steps in the Fight Against the Illegal Wildlife Trade
June 22, 2015--Following the destruction of 662 kgs of confiscated ivory in Beijing on 29th May 2015, Zhao Shucong, Head of China’s State Forestry Administration, set out 10 tough measures to tackle the illegal wildlife trade and suggested that there would be strict control of ivory processing and trade until the commercial processing and sale of ivory and its products are eventually halted.

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Feb. 19 -- Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve Celebrates 25 Years As Stronghold for Jaguar and Other Threatened Species
Conservationists in Guatemala and around the world celebrate the 25thAnniversary of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a successful safe haven for jaguars, peccaries, macaws and other species that have disappeared from much of Mesoamerica, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). 

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Human-wildlife conflict resolution near protected areas critical for tiger survival Stripe-matching software and individual histories inform decisions on handling conflict-prone big cats NEW YORK (November 19, 2014)—Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society and other partners in India are using high-tech solutions to zero in on individual tigers in conflict and relocate them out of harm’s way for the benefit of both tigers and people. I...

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Living in the Russian Far East for over 20 years, Dale Miquelle, Director for the WCS Russia Program, is a leading researcher on Siberian tigers. He recently shared some of his insights about the big cats with WCS colleagues in a Q&A.

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