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Good News for Jaguars
Jaguar populations have grown at an average annual rate of nearly 8 percent across field sites where the Wildlife Conservation Society works in Latin America from 2002 to 2016.
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WCS: President’s Proposed Budget Would Be Devastating for Conservation, National Security and Economic Security

WASHINGTON (February 13, 2018) – The budget blueprint released by the Administration for Fiscal Year 2019 spending is shortsighted and harmful to American interests.

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Thailand Government Cracks Down on Wildlife Poaching
The Wildlife Conservation Society is congratulating Thailand officials for their exceptional enforcement of wildlife protection laws in the Thungyai Naresuan West Wildlife Sanctuary with the arrest of a construction tycoon and his companions found Sunday in possession of dead protected animals and firearms.
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The following tribute was issued today by Dr. John Robinson, Executive Vice President of Conservation and Science for the Wildlife Conservation Society.
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Statement from WCS on the Killing of Three Conservation Heroes in Cambodia

Feb. 2, 2018 -- The following statement was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) concerning the murder of three conservation heroes in Cambodia on 30th January 2018.

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A 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.
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Wildlife Conservation Society Hopeful for Elephants In 2018
Bronx, NY, Dec. 31, 2017 — WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper released the following statement today as China honors its 2017 New Year's resolution to make the sale and processing of ivory illegal.
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WCS: Elusive Congolese Poacher Sentenced to Five Years in Jail
December 15, 2017 – A local court sentenced a notorious elephant poacher and ivory trafficker to five years in prison and a fine of 1,200,000 XAF (~2100 US$). 
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STUDY: Despite Forest Loss, An African Protected Area Still has Potential To Support Tens of Thousands of Elephants, 1K Lions

November 30, 2017 – Despite some forest loss, Mozambique’s sprawling Niassa National Reserve has the potential to support tens of thousands of elephants and 1,000 lions according to a new land-use study published in the journal Parks.

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WASHINGTON (Nov. 26, 2017) – One year after the passage and signing into law of the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act, the U.S. State Department released its mandated report on the current state of wildlife trafficking around the world and lists focus countries and countries of concern.

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