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WCS: Senate’s failure to remove Arctic Refuge drilling from budget endangers one of America’s most pristine places

WASHINGTON (October 19, 2017) – Today, an amendment was offered to the Senate’s budget resolution that would have stopped the effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling as a means to fund other priorities, including tax cuts. That amendment failed, and the budget subsequently passed, signifying one step closer to irreparable damage to one of America’s last remaining pristine places. 

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Categories: Arctic Beringia


Congressman Engel Tours Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve in Belize

Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, BELIZE (October 19, 2017) – Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) visited the WCS research station at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve on a Congressional delegation to Belize last month. The focus of the trip was to survey the impact of U.S. foreign assistance programs on livelihoods and conservation in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas.

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Thirty Arrested During Anti-Wildlife Trafficking Operations Around Malaysia’s Endau-Rompin Johor National Park

October 19, 2017 – Thirty individuals were arrested during the recent Endau-Rompin Johor National Park Khazanah Operations (Ops Khazanah) – an anti-poaching effort involving the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP), Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) Johor, Johor State Forestry Department (JPNJ), Johor Immigration Department, Johor Department of Veterinary Services, Johor National Parks Corporation, and Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia).

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Maintaining Fish Biomass the Key to Conserving Reef Fish Biodiversity
October 18, 2017 — A new study appearing in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series has found that conserving fish diversity in Madagascar’s coral reef systems may depend on maintaining fish biomass above critical levels, according to scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and ES Caribbean.

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WASHINGTON  (October 12, 2017) – A new bill to undermine the Antiquities Act would only make it much more difficult to conserve the last wild areas of our country which act as recreational opportunities, economic drivers and critical wildlife habitat.

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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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Categories: Marine

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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