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Little-known Underwater Canyon off New York and New Jersey Nominated as National Marine Sanctuary
Brooklyn, N.Y.  – Nov. 18, 2016 – WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) New York Aquarium is leading a broad coalition of organizations and stakeholders working to help the Hudson Canyon, a magnificent underwater canyon few people know exist. Located just 100 miles southeast of the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson Canyon is the East Coast’s largest submarine canyon. Many species of marine life can be found here, including whales, sharks, turtles, deep sea corals and more.

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Vampire Bats and Feral Pigs: A Bad Combination for Wildlife and People
November 18, 2016—A camera trap survey conducted by WCS and other groups to survey wildlife in rural locations in Brazil’s Atlantic forest and Pantanal regions produced a big surprise: the unexpected frequency of vampire bats feeding on both wildlife and livestock in both areas. 

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WCS’s 96 Elephants Campaign SMASHES the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™Title for Largest Display of Origami Elephants
BRONX, NY – November 17, 2016 – It’s official! WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo is home to the world’s largest display of origami elephants and has been certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.tm

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WCS Applauds China for Progress in National Park Initiatives
NEW YORK (November 16, 2016) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) applauds the statements made on November 4th by the General Director of National Development and Reform Commission, Mr. Xu Shaoshi, indicating that the SangJiangYuan National Park pilot program has been initiated while a second pilot—the Amur Tiger and Amur Leopard National Park program—is in the approval process.

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Acoustic Buoy Now Detecting Rare & Endangered Whales  In New York Bight

NEW YORK (November 16, 2016) – An acoustic buoy recently deployed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) New York Aquarium is making its first near real-time detections of two rare great whale species in the New York Bight, including the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.


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Cambodia’s Sam Veasna Center Named Gold Winner In "Best Contribution to Wildlife Conservation" Category

(London, England – November 14, 2016) - Sam Veasna Center (SVC) has been named the Gold Winner in the ‘Best Contribution to Wildlife Conservation’ Category at the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards sponsored by Belize.

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STUDY: Climate Change Already Dramatically Disrupting all Elements of Nature

NOVEMBER 10, 2016 – Global changes in temperature due to human-induced climate change have already impacted every aspect of life on Earth from genes to entire ecosystems, with increasingly unpredictable consequences for humans – according to a new study published in the journal Science.

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“This study shows that once poached, elephants are being moved rapidly into trade; illegal ivory isn't coming from old stockpiles...” WCS’s Dr. Elizabeth Bennett

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The new National Mammal gets its day in the sun: National Bison Day is Sat. Nov 5th
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NOVEMBER 4, 2016) The American Bison Coalition, on behalf of its steering members is joining scores of bison-friendly groups, organizations and businesses around the country this month to celebrate our country’s first National Bison Day since the North American bison was officially adopted as the U.S. National Mammal. 

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Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network and WCS announce first branded traceable certified wool from Península Valdés
Puerto Madryn, Argentina (November 4, 2016)—The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) and WCS-Argentina are pleased to announce traceable Certified Wildlife Friendly® wool—part of the “Patagonian Fibers with a Conscience” program—from the "Merino de Peninsula Valdés” ranchers who raise wool in coexistence with wildlife on Peninsula Valdés. The traceable certified wool is now available for purchase through a new online portal.  

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