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Protected Area Planning, Creation, Management


WASHINGTON  (October 12, 2017) – A new bill to undermine the Antiquities Act would only make it much more difficult to conserve the last wild areas of our country which act as recreational opportunities, economic drivers and critical wildlife habitat.

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Star Tortoise Makes Meteoric Comeback

October 11, 2017 – The Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota), a medium-sized tortoise found only in Myanmar’s central dry zone, has been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to an aggressive captive-breeding effort spearheaded by a team of conservationists and government partners.


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New Technology Transforms Protected Area Management
October 5, 2017 -- Efforts to combat poaching of wildlife in Asia, Africa and Latin America have just gotten smarter with the release of a powerful new extension to the widely adopted Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) from the SMART Partnership.

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Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo) Will Be The First Marine Protected Area in Tierra del Fuego
SANTIAGO, CHILE (Sept. 13, 2017) – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet committed on September 9th to create a new marine protected area in Admiralty Sound in Tierra del Fuego. The new “Multiple Use Marine and Coastal Protected Area Seno Almirantazgo” will safeguard rich marine wildlife and the area’s rich cultural heritage, while protecting artisanal fisheries and promoting sustainable tourism.

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VIDEO: “One Giant Leap” for Endangered White-Winged Ducklings

August 28, 2017 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released video of three Endangered white-winged ducklings leaving their Koki tree-hollow home for the first time while their mother patiently waits for them to follow.

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La rápida destrucción de bosques en Centroamérica amenaza a las comunidades y fauna locales
Julio de 25, 2017 – Los bosques más grandes de Centroamérica están desapareciendo a una velocidad precipitada debido a la ganadería ilegal, las plantaciones de aceite de palma, y otras actividades humanas, todas los cuales están poniendo a las comunidades locales y las especies de fauna silvestre de la región en alto riesgo.

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People and Wildlife Now Threatened by Rapid Destruction of Central America’s Forests
July 25, 2017 – Central America’s largest remaining forests are disappearing at a precipitous rate due to illegal cattle ranching, oil palm plantations, and other human-related activities, all of which are putting local communities and the region’s wildlife species at high risk.

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Video Captures Gorillas Hugging it Out
July 19, 2017 – Researchers from WCS’s Congo Program released touching footage of two sibling western lowland gorillas in a tender embrace.

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Endangered Cuban Crocodiles Come Home
HAVANA, Cuba (July 13, 2017) – Experts from WCS’s Global Conservation Programs and WCS’s Bronx Zoo assisted Cuban conservationists in the recent release of 10 Cuban crocodiles (Crocodylus rhombifer) into Cuba’s Zapata Swamp as part of an ongoing recovery strategy for this Critically Endangered species.

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WCS Releases Position Statement on 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee (41COM)
July 3, 2017 -- WCS released today a position statement for the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (41COM), currently being held in Krakow, Poland from through 12 July 2017

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