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Solving Everest’s Wildlife Mysteries with eDNA

A team of scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Appalachian State University used environmental DNA (eDNA) to document the breadth of high-alpine biodiversity present on Earth’s highest mountain, 29,032-foot Mt. Everest (8,849 m).

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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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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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New Study Documents the Extent of Plastic Ingestion as an Emerging Threat to Endangered Asian Elephants in Uttarakhand, India

Researchers from India have highlighted the emergence of a new threat to the health and population of Asian elephants.

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580 Iconic Giant Turtle Hatchlings Released into the Mekong River

To mark World Turtle Day on May 23, 2022, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with Fisheries Administration celebrates the conservation of the Critically Endangered Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtles in Cambodia, by releasing 580 hatchlings into the wild​ along the Mekong River in Sambour district of Kratie province​.

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Swann Htet Naing Aung, William Ferrufino, and Fernando Ayerbe Recognized as Disney Conservation Heroes

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today that Swann Htet Naing Aung of WCS Myanmar, William Ferrufino of WCS Bolivia, and Fernando Ayerbe of WCS Colombia have been honored with a Disney Conservation Hero Award.

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Study Confirms SARS-CoV-2 Related Coronaviruses  in Trade-Confiscated Pangolins in Viet Nam

A new study in the journal Frontiers in Public Health led by scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) confirms that pangolins confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade in Viet Nam host SARS-CoV-2 related coronaviruses.

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WCS Partners with Everland to Expand its Portfolio of High-Impact Forest Conservation Projects to Help Address the Climate and Biodiversity Crises

A new agreement between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Everland will scale a portfolio of forest conservation REDD+ projects to achieve at least 10 million tons of verified emission reductions (VERs) annually with an estimated value of $2 billion over the next decade.

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Happy Year of the Tiger: Tigers Are Beating the Odds Against Extinction

WCS released a statement by Dale Miquelle, WCS Tiger Program coordinator and director of WCS’s Russia Program, upon the commencement of the Lunar Year of the Tiger.

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Passive Fencing Keeps Thailand’s Elephants Out of Harm’s Way

A passive fence that guides elephants away from agricultural fields adjacent to Thailand’s largest national park has sharply reduced crop-raiding incidents, said conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

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