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New Discovery Gives World’s Most Endangered Turtle a Fighting Chance
by Hoang Bich Thuy, Nguyen Dinh Thang
In October 2020, a female turtle was captured in Viet Nam and confirmed by veterinarians to be a female Rafetus swinhoei. This imperiled turtle species may now have a second chance at survival.
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History of Manhattan and the Push to Return Jaguars to Southern US
by Eric Sanderson
Robyn Williams, host of the Australian Broadcast Corp's "The Science Show" podcast, talks to WCS's Eric Sanderson about the ecological history of Manhattan and the push to restore jaguars to the American southwest.
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Protecting Tigers in the Russian Far East, Zheny Stoma Is a “Ranger’s Ranger”
by Dale Miquelle
World Ranger Day comes only two days after International Tiger Day. Let’s thank rangers like Zheny Stoma who have given tigers a chance to survive and thrive in the wild. It is only their commitment that brings hope for tigers in the future.
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World Ranger Day Q&A
by Mauricio Chacon Hernandez
"People need to be aware of why conservation matters," says WCS's Mauricio Chacon Hernandez. "It is a long-term job that is not only important to us rangers but also for future generations so they can appreciate the beauty of Karukinka, Tierra del Fuego, and other wild places."
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How The Fate of the Tiger Is in Human Hands
by Luke Hunter
On International Tiger Day, writes WCS's Luke Hunter, "the world pauses to reflect on the magnificence of Asia’s great cat and remind ourselves that its fate is very much in human hands."
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Japan Must Finally End the Sale and Trade of Elephant Ivory
by James A. Baker III, Hillary Clinton
With international focus on the Olympics, this is a moment when decisive action can have a significant and positive impact on the conservation and protection of elephants as well as on national and international security.
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A Wild Animal Keeper Embraces a Life of Animal Encounters
by Alonzo Johnson
"Throughout my zoo keeping journey," writes WCS's Alonzo Johnson in a blog for PBS Nature, "I have met the most amazing people who are furthering our collective dream of securing a better world for every last creature here."
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A Childhood Tiger Encounter Forges a Zoo Keeper
by Lauren Del Grosso
In a new blog for National Zoo Keeper Week, the Bronx Zoo's Lauren Del Grosso notes, "I am proud to be a member of a group that cares as deeply about their work as the zookeeper profession. If you love animals, feel a calling to their welfare, and hope to inspire the public to make a commitment to conservation, perhaps this is a profession for you as well."
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Stingray Species Range Expands in Eastern Pacific
by Jeanne Brown
A species of stingray previously thought to be found only in Eastern Tropical Pacific coastal waters ranging from Mexico to Panama, has been observed south of its known range in a marine protected area in coastal Colombia.
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Protecting Indigenous Forest Rights in Papua New Guinea
by Thomas Mutton
While the Great Central Forest is globally recognized as a Key Biodiversity Area for its interlinked ecological, cultural, and wildlife values, tensions have arisen due to foreign logging operations that conflict with Indigenous land rights.
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Showcasing Latam Environmentalists
by Daniela Droguett Caro
Only 33 people work for WCS in Chile. Funding is a constant issue, as is making sure that conservation stays on the agenda of politicians and decision makers. One of the biggest problems is the invasion of exotic species which are wiping out the indigenous animals.
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Conservation, Not Exploitation: Shifting the Discussion About Sharks
by Luke Warwick
By shifting the conversation from the threat that sharks allegedly represent to the threats sharks face themselves, we can begin to reverse decades of fear and misinformation about these poorly understood and underappreciated animals.
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Environmental Laws in Canada Fall Short of Addressing the Ongoing Biodiversity Crisis
by Justina Ray, Andrea Olive, Jaime Grimm
When Canada developed its first national Biodiversity Strategy in 1995, it did so under the assumption that a strong foundation of laws and policies was already in place. Twenty-five years later, writes WCS's Justina Ray and colleagues, prevailing biodiversity trends indicate otherwise.
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Community Science Is Helping Track Wolverines in the Cascades
by Matthew Scrafford
As community scientists, biologists, and trained trackers become better able to identify wolverine tracks in the snow, we hope to collect ever more reliable data on the extent to which wolverines are living and thriving in Washington state and develop strategies to conserve them here and throughout their range.
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Conservationists Want to Bring Wily Wolverines Back to the Rockies
by Brent Brock
In a new op-ed for Live Science, WCS's Brent Brock argues that we must "work together to bring wolverines back to Colorado after a century-long absence and ensure their long-term survival as an iconic ambassador for the Wild Rockies."
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Conserving Marine Ecosystems Through India's Wild Life Protection Act Is Not Very Effective
by Shivani Swami
India's Wild Life Protection Act needs to be better tailored to adequately protect marine species and habitats, while also keeping in mind the needs of coastal communities that are dependent on marine resources, writes WCS's Shivani Swami.
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