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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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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 Climate Adaptation Fund Announces Request for Proposals for Climate Adaptation Projects Promoting Innovation, Evidence-Gathering, and Mainstreaming
Through its Climate Adaptation Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is soliciting proposals from nonprofit conservation organizations implementing new methods that help wildlife adapt to the rapidly-shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change, one of the top crises facing the world today. 
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STUDY: Using Conservation Criminology to Understand the Role of Restaurants in the Urban Wild Meat Trade

A new study in the journal Conservation Science and Practice finds that restaurants in urban areas in Central Africa play a key role in whether protected wildlife winds up on the menu.

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Just Add Jaguars: Scientists identify large swath of potential habitat for iconic big cat in Arizona and New Mexico
A team of scientists have identified a wide swath of habitat in Arizona and New Mexico that they say could eventually support more than 150 jaguars. 
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