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Study Finds Only 2.5 Percent of the World’s Coral Reefs Are Currently Being Actively Protected
A new global study has found that only 2.5 percent of tropical reefs are formally protected and conserved through laws and regulations. These numbers are significantly lower than previous estimates, and highlight an urgent need for governments, communities, and partnering organizations to create and expand marine reserves to protect these ecosystems which support more than 500 million people worldwide.
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Viruses from Field to Fork: Study Finds That Wildlife Supply Chains for Human Consumption Increase Coronaviruses’ Spillover Risk to People

A new study found that animals sampled in the wildlife-trade supply chain bound for human consumption had high proportions of coronaviruses, and that the proportion of positives significantly increases as animals travel from traders, to large markets, to restaurants.

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Ecotourism to Bring Post COVID-19 hope for Wildlife and Communities in Northern Congo
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of the Congo (RoC) and in partnership with the Congo Conservation Company (CCC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announce a four-year program with the intent to develop ecotourism in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in northern Congo-Brazzaville. 
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After 65 years, a Desert Nomad Crosses a Railroad Track and Makes History

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released a photo today of a single Asiatic wild ass or khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) crossing a previously impenetrable barrier along the Trans Mongolian Railroad – the first known crossing by this near-threatened species into the eastern steppe in 65 years.

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Scientists Lament “Humpty Dumpty” Effect on World's Most Spectacular, Rare Wildlife: ‘We can’t always put things back together again’ says research team
Some of the world’s largest, most spectacular and unheralded mammals are silently slipping away, species like Tibetan wild yaks and Patagonia’s huemul, Bhutan’s takin and Vietnam’s saola. 
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Bronx Zoo Gaur Herd Grows by 7: Two Born During Temporary COVID Closure
Bronx, NY – May 29, 2020 – The gaur (Bos gaurus) herd at the Bronx Zoo has grown by seven calves (two males; five females) since the addition of a new breeding male in 2018. The arrival of the bull from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and its introduction to the herd at the Bronx Zoo was a featured story during season three of THE ZOO on Animal Planet (8PM ET/PT). Tomorrow’s all-new episode will include an update on the breeding program and give viewers a behind-the-scenes look a...
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WORLD TURTLE DAY NEWS:  WCS Celebrating Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle Conservation in Cambodia on World Turtle Day 2020
To mark World Turtle Day, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) celebrates the conservation of the Critically Endangered Cantor’s giant softshell turtles in Cambodia.
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New WCS Special Report Shows Links between Degradation of Ecological Integrity and Emerging Infectious Diseases

A WCS special report shows how degradation of ecological systems has significantly increased the overall risk of zoonotic disease outbreaks and has other complex effects on human health.

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Isolated Female Burmese Roofed Turtle Surprises Conservationists by Laying Fertile Eggs

Conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) in Myanmar have announced that this year for the first time, an isolated female Burmese roofed turtle living far upstream on the Chindwin River who has never been known to produce fertile eggs, deposited a clutch of 19 eggs, 14 of which hatched earlier this month.

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THE ZOO Moves to New Time: 8pm ET/PT on Animal Planet
Bronx, NY - May 22, 2020 - Animal Planet’s THE ZOO, the first-ever series to go behind the scenes at the world-famous Bronx Zoo, moves to the new time of 8PM ET/PT beginning this Saturday, May 23. The series documents an unscripted look at the knowledge and diverse skills needed to operate a zoo, the close relationship between the keepers and animals, and the day-to-day activities at the Bronx Zoo as it focuses on the importance of zoos and aquariums to a wide range of global wildlife cons...
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