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WASHINGTON  (December 5, 2017) – This week, President Trump announced his Administration’s intention to dramatically reduce the size of several national monuments. Such an action, along with similar legislation under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives, seeks to undermine one of the most important conservation tools in America, the Antiquities Act. 

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Colombia’s Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle Threatened by Fragmented Habitat and Shrinking Populations
BOGOTÁ, Colombia (December 5, 2017)A recent study published in Conservation Genetics by researchers from the Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) shows that the Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli), a rare reptile found only in Colombia, is threatened with extinction due to alarmingly small and fragmented populations and high levels of inbreeding. 
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Edwin Kinyanjui, Giyanto “Gigi,” Rubén Cueva, Bemahafaly Randriamanantsoa Receive Disney Conservation Hero Award
December 1, 2017 -- WCS announced today that Edwin Kinyanjui, Giyanto “Gigi,” Rubén Cueva, and Bemahafaly Randriamanantsoa have been honored with a Conservation Hero Award from the Disney Conservation Fund. 
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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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WCS's Msafiri Mgumba Receives Disney Conservation Hero Award
November 28, 2017 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today that Msafiri Mgumba of the WCS’s Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program (WCS-RKLP) in Tanzania has been honored with a Conservation Hero Award from the Disney Conservation Fund. 
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Tiny Black-footed Cat Now on Exhibit at Prospect Park Zoo

Brooklyn, NY – Nov. 29, 2017 – Black-footed cats (Felis nigripes), Africa’s smallest species of wild feline, is now on exhibit at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Prospect Park Zoo. Also known as small-spotted cats, black-footed cats are endemic to the arid open savanna and grassland regions of southern Africa primarily in Namibia and South Africa.  

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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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WCS and Iranian Scientists Collaborate on New Field Guide on Wildlife Diseases
November 24, 2017 – WCS and Iranian scientists are collaborating to tackle wildlife diseases – a rapidly growing threat affecting many of Asia’s remaining great wildlife assemblages. 
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Climate Adaptation: WCS Announces $2.5 Million in Awards to 12 Conservation Organizations Across the US
November 22, 2017 –  Through its award-winning Climate Adaptation Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced 12 new grants to nonprofit organizations exploring and implementing new methods for helping America’s wildlife and people adapt to rapidly shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change.
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Study: Absent for more than 80 years, bears returning to Nevada’s Great Basin
Bozeman (November 21, 2017) - A new study from WCS, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), and the University of Nevada-Reno finds that conservation efforts have resulted in successful re-colonization of black bears into portions of their  historic ranges in the Great Basin in Nevada. The animals had been absent from these areas for more than 80 years.
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