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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 €45 million initiative seeks to curb unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve biodiversity and improve food security
10 October 2017, Rome - A €45 million multi-partner programme launched today at FAO seeks to help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries halt unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve their natural heritage and strengthen people's livelihoods and food security.
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WCS Commits to Collaborative Solutions, New York Waters, Ocean Noise Reduction at Our Ocean 2017

St Julian's, MALTA (5 October 2017) – WCS announced three new commitments to saving the world’s oceans at the Our Ocean conference in Malta.

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October 6, 2017 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) released a statement in response to the launch of the UK’s consultation on domestic ivory markets.
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Sustainable Financing of Conservation Just Got a Major Boost
New York (October 5, 2017) - The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) announced today that the French Facility for Global Environment / Fonds Français pour l'Environnement Mondial (FFEM) and the MAVA Foundation have jointly awarded 701,114 Euros (822,315 USD) to support CFA.
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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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Legislation to Weaken the ESA will Undermine Efforts to Stop Trafficking and Protect Wildlife
WASHINGTON (October 5, 2017) – New harmful efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives would greatly diminish the Endangered Species Act, spelling disaster for many species.
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Bronx Zoo Debuts Gelada Baby

Bronx, NY – Oct. 4, 2017 – A baby gelada (Theropithecus gelada) has made its public debut at the Bronx Zoo.   The Bronx Zoo is the only zoo in the U.S. breeding geladas and is one of only two that exhibit the species. The baby was born on August 30. At only four weeks old, the infant is still clinging to mom and drawing a lot of attention from the rest of the family unit. Altogether, the group is made up of one adult male, three adult females, two juveniles, and the baby.

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Leopard Confirmed by Remote Camera Monitoring in Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve
CALABAR, Nigeria (October 2, 2017) – Camera traps set up by researchers from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) in the forests of Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve have captured images of a leopard, an elusive big cat thought to be locally extinct in the  region.
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Fifty Globally Vulnerable Sarus Crane Chicks Successfully Hatch in Northern Plains of Cambodia
Preah Vihear (October 02, 2017) – Fifty globally Vulnerable sarus crane chicks hatched from 27 nests protected by conservationists of Ministry of Environment, WCS, and local communities in the Northern Plains of Cambodia, giving hope for the conservation of the species.
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