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Professionalized Anti-Poaching Operations Led to Arrest and Conviction of Four Elephant Poachers in Republic of Congo
Four poachers responsible for killing elephants in the periphery of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park were sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by the local district court on Thursday the 22nd of November. 
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Big Study of Fishing Communities  Finds Good Neighbors Are Hard to Come By
A study of 89 fishing communities in East Africa has found that good neighbors who agree with common proposals to improve shared fisheries management are uncommon, illustrating that the “tragedy of the commons” dilemma is alive for many fisheries facing sustainable use challenges.
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A Tribute to WCS’s Omer Omari Ilambu, Hugely Respected Congolese Conservationist

It is with deep sadness that we look back on the life of Omer Omari Ilambu, who died at his home after a brief illness on Sunday, 18th November 2018.

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Creation of Ogooue-Leketi National Park

Her Excellency Rosalie Matondo, the Republic of Congo’s Minister of Forestry Economy, the US Ambassador, Todd Haskell, the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Congo program, and local authorities gathered in Sibiti in the Lekoumou Department to create, by official decree, Congo’s fifth national park - the Ogooué-Leketi National Park.

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Amazing Video Shows Recent Release of Zebras to Tanzanian Highlands After Nearly 50-Year Absence

Conservationists from WCS, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), released an incredible video today showing the successful re-introduction of 24 zebras into Tanzania’s Kitulo National Park in the Southern Highlands region last week – part of a bold effort to re-wild this once pristine landscape.

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Planting Cocoa to Save Forests in Makira, Northeastern Madagascar
As groups gather for the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco from Sept 12-14, WCS has released a video showcasing how communities in Madagascar are doing their part to fight climate change.  Watch the video here. Local indigenous communities in the Makira landscape have limited access to economic opportunities and relied on traditional forms of natural resource extraction such as illegal logging and land-intensive rice farming for their survival. These livelihoods not only ca...
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Are Vulnerable Lions Eating Endangered Zebras?
Are Laikipia’s recovering lions turning to endangered Grevy’s zebras (Equus grevyi) for their next meal?
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Silverback Gorilla Celebrates 40th Birthday in Congo Rainforest

He’s a father of 20 from nine different mothers. He’s a fierce defender of his family and helped nurse two of his offspring back from leopard attacks. He likes to nap with his feet in the air, and he hums while he eats. Meet Kingo, a wild silverback gorilla who is celebrating his 40th birthday.

 

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Rare Pair of Elephant Twins Thrill Conservationists in Tanzania
STONE TOWN, Zanzibar, Tanzania (April 5, 2018)—Conservationists working in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park have not one but two good reasons to be hopeful for the park’s savanna elephant population: a pair of rare twin calves who have recently joined their mother’s herd.
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Video Shows Rare Glimpse of Newborn Gorilla In the Wild
OUESSO, Republic of Congo (March 9, 2018)— Conservationists from the WCS Congo Program have captured incredible video of a western lowland gorilla newborn living in the rainforests of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park. The infant was barely a week old when the footage was shot last month, according to the WCS scientists who managed to capture the footage.
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