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WCS Welcomes EU Steps on Further Restricting its Domestic Ivory Market

The following statement was issued by WCS Vice President of International Policy Dr. Susan Lieberman in response to the European Union’s new ivory trade rules announced today.

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WCS Statement on the World Health Assembly’s Agreement to Launch Global Accord on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response

A WCS Statement on the consensus decision from the World Health Assembly, which agreed to launch a global process to draft a treaty to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

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News from WCS Cambodia: 51 Critically Endangered Royal Turtles Released into Sre Ambel River System

The European Union (EU), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the Fisheries Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, today released 51 critically endangered Royal Turtles into the Sre Ambel River system in Chamkar Luong commune, Kampong Seila district of Preah Sihanouk Province.

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Scientists Find SARS CoV-2-Related Coronaviruses in Cambodian Bats from 2010

A team of scientists have identified coronaviruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2 from two bats sampled in Cambodia more than a decade ago.

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New Survey Confirms that Gabon is the Largest Stronghold for Critically Endangered African Forest Elephants

The most comprehensive survey conducted of elephant numbers in the Central African nation of Gabon since the late 1980s has found elephants occurring in higher numbers than previously thought.

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Study Documents Nigeria’s Staggering Role in Trafficking of Pangolins

A new study in the journal Biological Conservation has documented Nigeria’s staggering role in trafficking of wild pangolins, the anteater-like mammal whose scales are used in traditional Chinese medicines; all international commercial trade in pangolins and their parts is illegal.

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Gorilla Coffee Alliance to Enhance Rural Livelihoods and Wildlife Conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Gorilla Coffee Alliance was launched today by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Nespresso; Olam Food Ingredients (OFI); international nonprofits, TechnoServe and the Wildlife Conservation Society; and Congolese social enterprise, Asili.

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WCS Statement on China’s New White Paper: “Biodiversity Conservation in China”

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) welcomes China’s white paper, Biodiversity Conservation in China and the increasing commitment of China to biodiversity conservation, both at home in China and across the globe.

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WCS Thanks U.S. House of Representatives for Passing the National Defense Authorization Act with Key Amendments that Address Pandemic Prevention and Biosecurity and other Conservation Issues

The Wildlife Conservation Society thanks the U.S. House of Representatives for including key amendments that address global pandemics of zoonotic origins at the source, biosecurity and marine mammal protection in the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed yesterday.

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WCS Annual Gala at Central Park Zoo Celebrates Conservation for a Sustainable Future

On Thursday, September 23, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) hosted its annual gala honoring businessman and philanthropist David Bonderman for his dedication to conservation causes.

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