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WCS Statement on One-Year Ivory Ban in China

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The following statement was released by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper on China's announcement of a one-year ban on ivory imports.

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Malaria Transmission Linked to Mosquitoes’ Sexual Biology

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Sexual biology may be the key to uncovering why Anopheles mosquitoes are unique in their ability to transmit malaria to humans, according to researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and University of Perugia, Italy.

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Distemper Virus Affects Wild Carnivores of All Stripes

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Tigers, lions and other wild carnivores, already under threat from poaching and habitat loss, are falling victim to Canine distemper, and could soon drive endangered populations to extinction.

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Congo Ivory Crack Down

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This week, Congo's Ministry of Forestry Economy and Sustainable Development (MEFDD) carried out a complete inventory of the ivory held at its main stockpile in Brazzaville and started a detailed review of ivory management across the country.

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Flawed Method Puts Tiger Rise in Doubt, Study Calls for New Approach

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A team of scientists exposes inherent shortcomings in a technique to count tigers. Among recent studies thought to be based on this method is India’s national tiger survey (January 2015) which claimed a surprising but welcome 30 percent rise in tiger numbers in just four years.

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WCS Praises Florida Senate for Introducing Ivory Ban

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The following statement is from John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Director of the 96 Elephants Campaign.

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Which Environmental Projects Give You the Best Bang for Your Buck? Research Develops Species Conservation Model

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A Florida State researcher has developed a framework to help government and conservation groups make decisions about how to best allocate resources for conservation purposes.

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Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve Celebrates 25 Years As Stronghold for Jaguar and Other Threatened Species

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Conservationists in Guatemala and around the world celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a successful safe haven for jaguars, peccaries, macaws and other species that have disappeared from much of Mesoamerica, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

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Fearless Birds and Shrinking Salmon: Is Urbanization Pushing Earth's Evolution to a Tipping Point?

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That humans and our cities build affect the ecosystem and even drive some evolutionary change is already known. What's new is that these evolutionary changes are happening more quickly than previously thought, and have potential impacts on ecosystem function on a contemporary scale. Not in the distant future, that is -- but now.

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Moths Shed Light on How to Fool Enemy Sonar

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- It’s hard to hide from a bat: The camouflage and mimicry techniques that animals use to avoid becoming a meal aren’t much use against a predator using echolocation. But a new study shows that moths can outsmart sonar with a flick of their long tails.