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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) zoos and aquarium today announced plans to reopen the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo on Friday July 24, after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March 16. From July 20 to 23, there will be special preview days for WCS members only.

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First-Ever Images of World's Rarest Gorilla with Groups of Babies
WCS has released the first-known camera-trap images of a group of Cross River gorillas with a number of infants of different ages. The images were captured in the Mbe Mountains in Nigeria. Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) are the most endangered gorilla subspecies, numbering only around 300 individuals and found only in an isolated region along the Nigeria/Cameroon border. Cross River gorillas are rarely seen, let alone photographed, even by remote cameras. Previously, camera traps ...
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The Wildlife Conservation Society commends the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other organizations for bringing more awareness and science to zoonoses issues in the report, “Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission.” 
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A Jaguar, Nicknamed “Short-Tail,” Becomes Living Symbol of Transboundary Conservation
A team of WCS scientists have documented an unusual jaguar missing most of its tail crossing the border between Belize and Guatemala – the first confirmed transboundary crossing of a jaguar between the two countries. 
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New Tech Lets Us Track Real-Time Health of Coral Reefs Around the World
MERMAID, an open-source tech platform for marine scientists, is for the first time launching an interactive map that provides an insider’s view of the ecosystem data collected from coral reefs by field scientists around the world. MERMAID (Marine Ecological Research Management AID) is a first of its kind free, online-offline platform that allows scientists anywhere in the world to collect, analyze, and share field-based coral reef surveys. Developed in partnership between the Wildlife Cons...
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UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Need to be Strengthened to Reflect the State of the Natural World
A team of scientists warn that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were designed to reconcile environmental protection with socioeconomic development, are failing to protect biodiversity at their current of implementation.
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New study highlights emerging trends from the illegal wildlife trade in Central America
Wildlife trafficking is devastating many species across the globe, while undermining local livelihoods, weakening the rule of law, exacerbating corruption and organized crime, and emerging as a growing threat to national security.
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WILDLIFE HOT TUB: Remarkable camera trap video footage shows a parade of Asian wildlife lounging and drinking from a Jacuzzi-sized watering hole

WCS released remarkable camera trap footage showing a virtual parade of Asian wildlife – tigers, elephants, sun bears, and other species – individually visiting a single, small watering hole in Thailand’s Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.

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SMART Partnership announces release of SMART Mobile
The world’s leading protected area management solution is now available for your mobile. 
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Ensuring Protected Areas Cover a Range of Climate Conditions is More Effective for Safeguarding Biodiversity than Simply Expanding Protection, Study Finds
A new WCS co-authored study in Science Advances assesses how climatic conditions within global terrestrial protected areas (PAs) may change over time and the resulting impacts on species protection. 
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