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WCS Statement on CITES Report on the Increase in Ivory Seizures and Decline in Elephant Poaching in East Africa

October 27, 2017 – The following statement is from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s Dr. Elizabeth Bennett, Vice President for Species Conservation.  WCS works on elephant conservation in 12 countries in Africa.

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Culture Revolution: Scientists Developing Probiotic Cocktail to Combat Deadly Bat Disease

(TORONTO - October 26, 2017) Researchers in Canada are developing a new preventative treatment to combat a deadly disease that is decimating bat populations by taking a cue from human probiotics.



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Snow Leopard Cub on Exhibit at Bronx Zoo

Bronx, NY – October 26, 2017 – A snow leopard cub (Panthera uncia) born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo has made its public debut. Snow leopards are sometimes referred to as “ghost cats” due to their pale grey coloration that allows them to easily blend into the rocks and snow. The new cub and her mother are on exhibit in the Himalayan Highlands. This weekend will be the last weekend of the zoo’s Boo at the Zoo event – the perfect time to see the “ghost cats.”

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Critically Endangered Sumatran Tigers On Path To Recovery in an ‘In Danger’ UNESCO World Heritage Site

October 23, 2017 – A new scientific publication from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park Authority looks at the effectiveness of the park’s protection zone and finds that the density of Sumatran tigers has increased despite the continued threat of living in an ‘In Danger’ World Heritage Site.


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WCS: Senate’s failure to remove Arctic Refuge drilling from budget endangers one of America’s most pristine places

WASHINGTON (October 19, 2017) – Today, an amendment was offered to the Senate’s budget resolution that would have stopped the effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling as a means to fund other priorities, including tax cuts. That amendment failed, and the budget subsequently passed, signifying one step closer to irreparable damage to one of America’s last remaining pristine places. 

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Congressman Engel Tours Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve in Belize

Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, BELIZE (October 19, 2017) – Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) visited the WCS research station at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve on a Congressional delegation to Belize last month. The focus of the trip was to survey the impact of U.S. foreign assistance programs on livelihoods and conservation in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas.

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Thirty Arrested During Anti-Wildlife Trafficking Operations Around Malaysia’s Endau-Rompin Johor National Park

October 19, 2017 – Thirty individuals were arrested during the recent Endau-Rompin Johor National Park Khazanah Operations (Ops Khazanah) – an anti-poaching effort involving the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP), Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) Johor, Johor State Forestry Department (JPNJ), Johor Immigration Department, Johor Department of Veterinary Services, Johor National Parks Corporation, and Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia).

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Maintaining Fish Biomass the Key to Conserving Reef Fish Biodiversity
October 18, 2017 — A new study appearing in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series has found that conserving fish diversity in Madagascar’s coral reef systems may depend on maintaining fish biomass above critical levels, according to scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and ES Caribbean.
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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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