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Government of Nigeria Drops Buffer Zone for Superhighway Project But More Must Be Done to Protect Communities and Wildlife
February 16, 2017 — The Cross River State government’s announcement yesterday to drop a 12-mile buffer around a proposed superhighway though one of Nigeria’s last rainforests is still not enough to prevent the loss of important community forests and significant impacts to the region’s wildlife if the project moves forward, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and its campaign effort to reroute the project entirely.

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Saving the Whales in Ship-filled Seas Under Examination by Scientists & Decision-makers at UN
February 16, 2017 – Scientists and government officials met at the United Nations on Wednesday, February 15th to consider possible solutions to a global problem: how to protect whale species in their most important marine habitats that overlap with shipping lanes vital to the economies of many of the world’s nations.

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January 11, 2017 – WCS has issued the following video statement today by Dr. Timothy Tear, WCS Executive Director of Africa Programs, on the newly published study in Nature on the discovery of the world’s largest peatland in the Republic of Congo.

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WCS Campaign To Stop Nigeria’s Superhighway Delivers More Than 100,000 Petition Signatures To Nigerian Ambassador

WASHINGTON (December 13, 2016) — A global campaign recently launched by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) to stop or reroute a proposed superhighway in Nigeria’s Cross River State has succeeded in securing 100,081 petition signatures in support of the effort. 

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After a Long Demise Due to Poaching, Virunga’s Hippos Climbing Back
November 3, 2016—Recent surveys for hippos in Virunga National Park—the oldest protected area in Africa—have found that the beleaguered behemoths are finally recovering from decades of poaching and habitat loss in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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WCS Joins Manhattan DA and NYS DEC Commissioner to Announce Historic Ivory Bust
New York, NY (Sept 22, 2016) – Man. District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) Commissioner Basil Seggos, and Wildlife Conser- vation Society (“WCS”) Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli, today announced the indictment of an antiques store, its owners, and a salesperson for selling and offering for sale illegal elephant ivory worth more than $4.5 million.

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WCS Applauds Passage of END Wildlife Trafficking Act by U.S. Congress
WASHINGTON (September 21, 2016) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) applauded the U.S. Congress's passage of the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act today. The bill now moves on to the White House for the president’s signature.

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World Conservation Community Calls for Countries to Shut Down Their Domestic Ivory Markets
Honolulu, HI (Sept. 10, 2016) - WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper today celebrated the passage of IUCN Motion 007 at the World Conservation Congress. “Today’s vote calling for closure of domestic elephant ivory markets across the globe is vital--as the news about Africa’s elephants is as bad as bad news gets."

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Poaching of old forest elephant matriarchs threatens rainforests
May 12, 2016—Scientists working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Stirling, and the Amboseli Trust for Elephants say that the high levels of poaching forest elephants will result in a loss of the oldest, wisest matriarchs, who are living libraries of their vast rainforest domain. Without these mothers, forest elephant social lives and their understanding of their ecosystem will be lost. This exacerbates the ongoing loss of ecosystem function already underway by the loss of these most effective seed dispersers and forest gardeners.

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Suffering Warthogs Seek Out Nit-picking Mongooses for Relief
March 7, 2016—Warthogs living in Uganda have learned to rid themselves of annoying ticks by seeking out the grooming services of some accommodating neighbors: a group of mongooses looking for snacks. 

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Categories: Africa, Uganda

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