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WCS Library and Archives Launches 18-Month Shelby White and Leon Levy Film Collection Initiative

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Library and Archives has been awarded a multiyear grant from the Leon Levy Foundation to preserve its historical film collection. 

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New Science Shows Connected Coral Reef “Hope Spots” Can Shelter Ocean Biodiversity Despite Climate Change
New York, NY (August 3, 2022) – A new study from WCS, the University of Toronto and the National Research Council of Italy has shed light on coral reef “hope spots'' around the world. Findings show that climate-resilient reefs are connected in invisible underwater networks linked by tiny larval corals that travel from reef to reef on ocean currents. These networks have the ability to survive and re-seed ocean biodiversity, even after projected mass bleaching events from clima...
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WCS Researcher Jesus Martinez Honored by the International Primatological Society
La Paz, Bolivia, July 28, 2022 -- The International Primatological Society has awarded Jesus Martinez with the Charles Southwick Conservation Education Commitment 2022 Award for his contribution to the preservation of the only endemic primates documented in Bolivia: the Olalla’s titi monkey or reddish lucachi (Plecturocebus olallae) and the Beni titi monkey or ashy lucachi (Plecturocebus modestus), both in danger of extinction. This award is dedicated to recognizing individuals living...
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WCS Statement on 40 Percent Increase of Tiger Numbers

A statement by Dale Miquelle, WCS Tiger Program Coordinator, on the recent Red List Assessment by IUCN, which announced a 40 percent increase since the last tiger assessment in 2015 – a result of improvements in monitoring.

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Bolivia’s Former “Death Road” is Now Alive with Wildlife

A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reports that a notoriously unsafe road in Bolivia nicknamed Camino de la Muerte” or “Death Road” has become a surprising haven for wildlife since traffic has decreased by 90 percent due to construction of a nearby, safer roadway.

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WCS Announces Appointment of Dr. Emma Stokes as Vice President of Field Conservation

Dr. Emma Stokes has been appointed Vice President of Field Conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society, overseeing the organization’s conservation portfolio in nearly 60 countries and across the world’s oceans.

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Drone Images Provide Possible Glimpse of World’s Rarest Turtle
A series of drone images taken by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and partners may show the world’s most endangered turtle, Swinhoe’s softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei). The images were captured during aerial surveys on Dong Mo Lake some 30 miles west of Ha Noi. There are only three known individuals remaining of this giant freshwater turtle, which can weigh over 200 pounds. The images show a large round shape just under the surface of Dong Mo Lake. Ac...
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WCS to Facilitate Management of $12.84 Million USD Putumayo-Içá River Basin Conservation Project

The Wildlife Conservation Society will execute a $12.84 million USD grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to maintain the high conservation status of the Putumayo-Içá river basin in the Amazon, home to some of the richest ecosystems in the world.

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Future of Food is Blue: WCS Joins International Coalition in Support of Aquatic and Blue Foods

WCS is pleased to announce our participation in the Coalition for Aquatic/Blue Foods, a new international effort to elevate the importance of climate smart blue foods in global food systems and to progress key UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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On World Chocolate Day, a New Partnership Protects Biodiversity and Supports Cocoa Farmers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (English and French)

Today a consortium of farmers, conservation organizations, companies, government bodies, and universities and research institutes announced an innovative landscape-focused collaboration to secure the future of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ituri Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to stimulate the local economy by supporting the production of sustainable cocoa.

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