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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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WCS Statement: WCS Encouraged by Deforestation Commitments at COP26
Glasgow, Nov. 2, 2021 – The Wildlife Conservation Society has issued the following statement as the importance of forests in combatting the climate and biodiversity crises are receiving widespread support form governments and businesses, including the COP26 IPLC Forest Tenure Joint Donor Statement, the forest commitment from the U.S. government, the announcement from the LEAF coalition (Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest Finance) on efforts to protect tropical forests, and...
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NEWS FROM CoP26: Protecting Our Planet Challenge's Commitment to Support Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities to Secure a Sustainable Future for Nature, Climate, and People

The following statement was released by the nine founding partners of the Protecting Our Planet Challenge:

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NEWS FROM CoP26: WCS Supports LEAF Announcement to Purchase a Minimum of $1 Billion  Of Carbon Credits to Support Tropical Forest Conservation

the LEAF coalition (Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest Finance), a public-private consortium, announced commitments to purchase a minimum of $1 billion of carbon credits from an initial set of tropical forest countries and subnational jurisdictions, contingent on verification of commensurate deforestation reductions in those places during the five-year period from 2022-26.

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NEWS FROM CoP26: Study Says Climate Change Will Triple Impacts to World’s “Life Zones” Unless Emission Rates are Dramatically Reduced

A new study from WCS and multiple partners that modeled changes in the world’s 45 different “life zones” from climate change revealed that climate impacts may soon triple over these areas if the earth continues “business-as-usual” emissions.

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Community-Run African Reserve that Stores Almost a Billion Tons of Carbon Quietly Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

As the world’s climate leaders gather in Glasgow for the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (CoP26), a little-known Community Reserve in the Republic of Congo – that helps store some 30 billion tons of carbon – quietly celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.

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A Tribute to William G. Conway
New York, Oct. 22, 2021 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society is deeply saddened by the death of William G. Conway, who was with WCS for 43 years, starting in 1956 as assistant bird curator and retiring as its chief executive, President and General Director, in 1999. He died on Oct. 21, 2021. In 1961 at the age of 32, he was named the Director of the Bronx Zoo and by 1966 he had risen to General Director of the New York Zoological Society, the previous name of WCS. In 1992, he was appointed Pr...
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Responsibly Managed Forest Concessions Can Protect Jaguars and Other Mammals (English and Spanish)

WCS Guatemala, in partnership with Wildlife Messengers, produced a video on a study showing how reduced-impact logging, which includes minimizing roads, avoiding sensitive areas and strictly regulating hunting, can have minimal impact on jaguars and other wildlife.

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First-Ever Africa-Wide Great Ape Assessment Reveals Human Activity, not Habitat Availability, is Greatest Driver of Ape Abundance

The first-ever Africa-wide assessment of great apes – gorillas, bonobos and chimpanzees – finds that human factors, including roads, population density and GDP, determine abundance more than ecological factors such as forest cover.

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Scientists Predict Scary News for a Species of Bat

Two recent scientific studies under a project led by the Wildlife Conservation Society have revealed new insights on where and when bats hibernate across their range, and subsequently predict continued extreme levels of mortality from white-nose syndrome.

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