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January 11, 2017 – WCS has issued the following video statement today by Dr. Timothy Tear, WCS Executive Director of Africa Programs, on the newly published study in Nature on the discovery of the world’s largest peatland in the Republic of Congo.

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A NEW YEAR’S ARREST OF POACHERS ADDS YET ANOTHER REASON FOR ALARM
BANGALORE, INDIA (January 10, 2016) – WCS reports that a poaching gang recently arrested for shooting wildlife in a well-known tiger reserve consisted of software engineers, environmental consultants, wealthy coffee planters, and a leading member of the Rifle Association of Karnataka State. Conservationists say the incident is particularly disturbing because the group consisted mostly of affluent and well-educated men.

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Massive Genetic Study of Humpback Whales To Inform Conservation Assessments of Ocean Giants
January 9, 2017 – Scientists have published one of the largest genetic studies ever conducted on the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) for the purpose of clarifying management decisions in the Southern Hemisphere and supporting calls to protect unique and threatened populations, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia University, and other organizations.

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GREAT START FOR 2017: WCS Applauds U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management  For Denying Seismic Survey Permits in Mid- and South Atlantic Waters
January 6, 2017 –WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) commends the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for today’s announcement on the decision to deny six permit applications for airgun seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic waters of the eastern United States. 

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New Canada Lynx Debuts at WCS's Queens Zoo
Flushing, N.Y. – Jan. 5, 2017 – A female Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) has arrived at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo and is making her public debut. 

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China Announcement of Domestic Ivory Ban in 2017 - English Translation
New York  (Jan. 3, 2016)    Today WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) is releasing an English language version of China’s historic announcement on ivory made on Dec. 30, 2016. The text was translated by WCS.

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China Announces It Will Shut Down Its Domestic Commercial Elephant Ivory Trade in 2017
December 30, 2016 -- China has announced today that it will close its domestic commercial elephant ivory trade in 2017.

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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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Paraguay Unveils New Management Plan For Jaguars
Asunción, Paraguay (December 22, 2016) – The Government of Paraguay took a major step forward today to ensuring a future for the Western Hemisphere’s largest cat species by completing a country-wide management plan for jaguars, the culmination of two years of cooperation between government agencies, the public and private sectors, and researchers from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other NGOs.

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MEDIA NOTE: Confiscated Birds Released to Wild in Indonesia

(New York - December 22, 2016) North Maluku Nature Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Indonesian Cockatoo Conservation (KKI) and WCS-IP (Wildlife Conservation Society-Indonesia Program) released 117 confiscated birds in North Maluku, Indonesia on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Released birds included 49 chattering lorries, 40 white cockatoos and 28 eclectus parrots.

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