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WCS’s Jonathan Slaght Wins PEN America/E.O. Wilson Science Writing Award
WCS’s Jonathan Slaght has won the PEN America/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for his book “Owls of the Eastern Ice,” which chronicles his efforts in the Russian Far East to save Blakiston’s fish owl, the world’s largest owl species.
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One of Africa’s Rarest Primates Protected by… Speedbumps

A new study revealed that a drastic reduction of deaths of one of Africa’s rarest primates, the Zanzibar red colobus (Piliocolobus kirkii), followed the installation of four speedbumps along a stretch of road where the species frequently crossed.

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NYC PARKS, BRONX ZOO, NYSDEC & PARTNERS ADD ALEWIFE FISH TO THE BRONX RIVER
NYC Parks, in partnership with the Bronx River Alliance, Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) today came together to stock the Bronx River with 250 alewife, a type of river herring. “Despite the ongoing pandemic, we are thrilled to have been able to take part in this year’s “running of the fish,” an important part of our efforts to increase biodiversity and restore ecological value to the Bronx r...
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Ranking Virus Spillover Risk
SpillOver, a new web application developed by scientists at the University of California, Davis, and contributed to by experts from all over the world including WCS, ranks the risk of wildlife-to-human spillover for newly-discovered viruses.
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African Elephants’ Range is Just 17 Percent of What it Could be, Study Finds
A study reported in the journal Current Biology on April 1 has both good news and bad news for the future of African elephants. 
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Study: Female Monkeys Use Males as “Hired Guns” for Defense Against Predators
Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Congo Program and the Nouabalé-Ndoki Foundation found that female putty-nosed monkeys (Cercopithecus nictitans) use males as “hired guns” to defend from predators such as leopards.
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WCS Statement on WHO-China Report on SARS-CoV-2 (English and Spanish)

The following statement was released today from the Wildlife Conservation Society on the WHO-China report listing scenarios for the emergence of SARS-CoV-2:

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New Paper Addresses Impacts of COVID-19 and Cyclone Harold on Indo-Fijians Engaged in Small Scale Fisheries
A new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Policy addresses the impacts of COVID-19 and Cyclone Harold on Indo-Fijians engaged in small scale fisheries.
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New Endangered and Critically Endangered status for African elephants
The African savannah elephant and the forest elephant have now been classified as Endangered and Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM
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WCS Releases Archive of Stunning, Forgotten Historical Wildlife Illustrations

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released to the public a digital collection of some 2,200 forgotten, historical scientific wildlife illustrations from its Department of Tropical Research (DTR), which it ran from 1916 to 1965.

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