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Newswise: A New Rapid Assessment To Promote Climate-Informed Conservation and Nature-Based Solutions
Released: 17-Jun-2021 12:05 PM EDT
A New Rapid Assessment To Promote Climate-Informed Conservation and Nature-Based Solutions
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new article, published as a Perspective in the journal Conservation Science and Practice, introduces a rapid assessment framework that can be used as a guide to make conservation and nature-based solutions more robust to future climate.

Newswise: New Study offers Hope for Critically Endangered Gorillas in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Released: 9-Jun-2021 8:50 AM EDT
New Study offers Hope for Critically Endangered Gorillas in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has updated the global population estimate for the Critically Endangered Grauer’s gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) – the world’s largest gorilla subspecies– to 6,800 individuals from a previous global estimate of 3,800 individuals.

Newswise: African Great Apes Predicted to Suffer Massive Range Declines in the Next 30 Years, with the Greatest Loss in Unprotected Areas
Released: 7-Jun-2021 11:45 AM EDT
African Great Apes Predicted to Suffer Massive Range Declines in the Next 30 Years, with the Greatest Loss in Unprotected Areas
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study published in the journal Diversity and Distributions predicts massive range declines of Africa’s great apes – gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos – due to the impacts of climate change, land-use changes and human population growth.

Newswise: How widespread is lemur and fossa meat consumption?
Released: 13-May-2021 10:05 AM EDT
How widespread is lemur and fossa meat consumption?
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study looks at the prevalence of human consumption of lemur and fossa (Madagascar’s largest predator) in villages within and around Makira Natural Park, northeastern Madagascar, providing up-to-date estimates of the percentage of households who eat meat from these protected species.

Newswise: Now is the Time to Think about Reintroducing Jaguars into the U.S.
Released: 11-May-2021 10:40 AM EDT
Now is the Time to Think about Reintroducing Jaguars into the U.S.
Wildlife Conservation Society

A group of scientists say now is the time to talk about reintroducing jaguars (Panthera onca) into the U.S.

Newswise: Breakthrough Study Shows No-take Marine Reserves Benefit Overfished Reefs
Released: 4-May-2021 1:10 PM EDT
Breakthrough Study Shows No-take Marine Reserves Benefit Overfished Reefs
Wildlife Conservation Society

A powerful, long-term study from WCS adds scientific backing for global calls for conserving 30 percent of the world’s ocean.

Newswise: Keeping Social Distance (From Wildlife)
Released: 21-Apr-2021 1:20 PM EDT
Keeping Social Distance (From Wildlife)
Wildlife Conservation Society

Six feet of social distance may be the new norm between people, but a new WCS report says if you don’t want to disturb wildlife, you need to keep waaaaaaay back.

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Released: 19-Apr-2021 11:20 AM EDT
Who is Selling and Trafficking Africa’s Wild Meat?
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study classifies different types of wildlife traffickers and sellers in two of Central Africa’s growing urban centers, providing new insight into the poorly understood urban illegal wildlife trade.

Newswise: Forest Elephants are Now Critically Endangered – 
Here’s How to Count Them
Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Forest Elephants are Now Critically Endangered – Here’s How to Count Them
Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of scientists compared methodologies to count African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis), which were recently acknowledged by IUCN as a separate, Critically Endangered species from African savannah elephants.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 12:55 PM EDT
One of Africa’s Rarest Primates Protected by… Speedbumps
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study revealed that a drastic reduction of deaths of one of Africa’s rarest primates, the Zanzibar red colobus (Piliocolobus kirkii), followed the installation of four speedbumps along a stretch of road where the species frequently crossed.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Study: Female Monkeys Use Males as “Hired Guns” for Defense Against Predators
Wildlife Conservation Society

Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Congo Program and the Nouabalé-Ndoki Foundation found that female putty-nosed monkeys (Cercopithecus nictitans) use males as “hired guns” to defend from predators such as leopards.

Released: 29-Mar-2021 12:35 PM EDT
Paper Addresses Impacts of COVID-19 and Cyclone Harold on Indo-Fijians Engaged in Small Scale Fisheries
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Policy addresses the impacts of COVID-19 and Cyclone Harold on Indo-Fijians engaged in small scale fisheries.

Newswise: WCS Releases Archive of Stunning, Forgotten Historical Wildlife Illustrations
Released: 22-Mar-2021 3:45 PM EDT
WCS Releases Archive of Stunning, Forgotten Historical Wildlife Illustrations
Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released to the public a digital collection of some 2,200 forgotten, historical scientific wildlife illustrations from its Department of Tropical Research (DTR), which it ran from 1916 to 1965.

Newswise: STUDY: Using Conservation Criminology to Understand the Role of Restaurants in the Urban Wild Meat Trade
Released: 18-Mar-2021 10:45 AM EDT
STUDY: Using Conservation Criminology to Understand the Role of Restaurants in the Urban Wild Meat Trade
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study in the journal Conservation Science and Practice finds that restaurants in urban areas in Central Africa play a key role in whether protected wildlife winds up on the menu.

Newswise: Scientists identify large swath of potential habitat for up to 150 jaguars in Arizona and New Mexico
Released: 17-Mar-2021 11:20 AM EDT
Scientists identify large swath of potential habitat for up to 150 jaguars in Arizona and New Mexico
Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of scientists have identified a wide swath of habitat in Arizona and New Mexico that they say could eventually support more than 150 jaguars.

Newswise: To Trade or Not To Trade?
Released: 11-Mar-2021 3:05 PM EST
To Trade or Not To Trade?
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new framework has been developed to determine how best to manage trade in particular wildlife species under commercial pressure.

Newswise: COVID-19’s Impacts on Global Conservation Efforts Laid Bare in Latest PARKS Issue
Released: 11-Mar-2021 10:50 AM EST
COVID-19’s Impacts on Global Conservation Efforts Laid Bare in Latest PARKS Issue
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new special issue of PARKS, the journal of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, published today reveals massive impacts on global conservation efforts seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: Widespread Bleaching Spotted in Solomon Islands Coral Reefs
Released: 5-Mar-2021 2:40 PM EST
Widespread Bleaching Spotted in Solomon Islands Coral Reefs
Wildlife Conservation Society

Scientists have identified a widespread coral bleaching event on shallow, inshore reefs that had been previously thought to be less reactive to climate stress.

Newswise: Women Fishers Must Be Counted
Released: 3-Mar-2021 8:50 AM EST
Women Fishers Must Be Counted
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study highlights that women fishers’ contributions to small scale fisheries have been undercounted leading to uninformed small-scale fisheries (SSF) policies and management.

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Released: 2-Mar-2021 10:45 AM EST
First Eggs of Royal Turtle Laid in Captivity in Cambodia
Wildlife Conservation Society

Seventy-one Royal Turtle eggs in five clutches were laid on an artificial sand bank at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center (KKRCC) early last week.

Newswise: Study Reveals Secret Lives of Tigers
Released: 1-Mar-2021 1:45 PM EST
Study Reveals Secret Lives of Tigers
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study finds that tiger mothers in the Russian Far East tend to be stay-at-home moms, and when it comes time for kids to move out, they sometimes let a few of them hang around at home.

Newswise: Birds and Rural Sprawl
Released: 17-Feb-2021 11:35 AM EST
Birds and Rural Sprawl
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study in the journal Diversity by researchers from Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) finds that bird communities in two rapidly developing rural landscapes react differently to increased “rural sprawl.”

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Released: 26-Jan-2021 12:05 PM EST
Southern Africa’s Most Endangered Shark Just Extended its Range by 2,000 Kilometers
Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of marine scientists has confirmed that southern Africa’s most threatened endemic shark – the Critically Endangered shorttail nurse shark (Pseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum) – has been found to occur in Mozambique; a finding that represents a range extension of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles).

Newswise: Meet the Dogs that Save Cats
Released: 21-Jan-2021 11:00 AM EST
Meet the Dogs that Save Cats
Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS Argentina recently delivered a new litter of specially trained livestock guardian dogs that work directly with herders to reduce conflict with pumas (Puma concolor) and other native carnivores living on the Patagonian steppe.

Newswise: Disease Threatens to Decimate Western Bats
Released: 19-Jan-2021 1:05 PM EST
Disease Threatens to Decimate Western Bats
Wildlife Conservation Society

A four-year study recently published in Ecology and Evolution concludes that the fungal disease, white-nose syndrome, poses a severe threat to many western North American bats.

Newswise: New Classification Marks Paradigm Shift in how Conservationists Tackle Climate Change
Released: 14-Jan-2021 10:15 AM EST
New Classification Marks Paradigm Shift in how Conservationists Tackle Climate Change
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study introduces a classification called Resistance-Resilience-Transformation (RRT) that enables the assessment of whether and to what extent a management shift toward transformative action is occurring in conservation.

Newswise: Climate Conflict: Rare Footage Captured of Jaguar Killing Ocelot at Waterhole
Released: 5-Jan-2021 11:20 AM EST
Climate Conflict: Rare Footage Captured of Jaguar Killing Ocelot at Waterhole
Wildlife Conservation Society

In what may be a sign of climate-change-induced conflict, researchers have captured rare photographic evidence of a jaguar killing another predatory wild cat at an isolated waterhole in Guatemala.

Released: 7-Dec-2020 8:55 AM EST
Scientists Reveal Groundbreaking Index to Measure the Ecological Integrity of the World’s Forests
Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS will hold a media briefing to demonstrate a new groundbreaking, publicly available index that measures ecological integrity for all the world’s forests: the Forest Landscape Integrity Index.

Newswise: New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:30 AM EDT
New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
Wildlife Conservation Society

A study by WCS and partners produced new analyses to pinpoint the most important forests for biodiversity conservation remaining in Central Africa.

Newswise: Periods of Ice-Free Arctic Seas Could Bring More Ocean Noise in Changing Marine Habitats
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Released: 14-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Periods of Ice-Free Arctic Seas Could Bring More Ocean Noise in Changing Marine Habitats
Wildlife Conservation Society

Scientists examining levels of ocean noise in the Bering Sea—an important migratory seascape for whales, walruses, seals, and other acoustically sensitive animals—have confirmed that the presence of sea ice plays a central role in the soundscape of these Arctic waters. A growing concern is that the disappearance of sea ice due to a changing climate could mean a marine realm increasingly filled with shipping and other human-related ocean noise, according to scientists from Southall Environmental Associates, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and other groups in a new study.

Newswise: New Tech Lets Marine Scientists Track Real-Time Health of Coral Reefs Around the World
Released: 30-Jun-2020 4:55 PM EDT
New Tech Lets Marine Scientists Track Real-Time Health of Coral Reefs Around the World
Wildlife Conservation Society

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.

Newswise: UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Could Serve as “Smokescreen” for Further Environmental Destruction
Released: 29-Jun-2020 1:50 PM EDT
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Could Serve as “Smokescreen” for Further Environmental Destruction
Wildlife Conservation Society

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.

Newswise: Study Finds Only 2.5 Percent of the World’s Coral Reefs Are Currently Being Actively Protected
Released: 19-Jun-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Study Finds Only 2.5 Percent of the World’s Coral Reefs Are Currently Being Actively Protected
Wildlife Conservation Society

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.

Newswise: Expanding protected areas is not likely to safeguard biodiversity in the long-term due to climate change
Released: 18-Jun-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Expanding protected areas is not likely to safeguard biodiversity in the long-term due to climate change
Wildlife Conservation Society

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.

Newswise: Wildlife Supply Chains for Human Consumption Increase Coronaviruses’ Spillover Risk to People
Released: 17-Jun-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Wildlife Supply Chains for Human Consumption Increase Coronaviruses’ Spillover Risk to People
Wildlife Conservation Society

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.

Newswise: After 65 Years, a Desert Nomad Crosses a Railroad Track and Makes History
Released: 10-Jun-2020 1:20 PM EDT
After 65 Years, a Desert Nomad Crosses a Railroad Track and Makes History
Wildlife Conservation Society

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.

Newswise: Scientists Lament “Humpty Dumpty” Effect on World’s Most Spectacular, Rare Wildlife
5-Jun-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Scientists Lament “Humpty Dumpty” Effect on World’s Most Spectacular, Rare Wildlife
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study reveals how runaway human population growth collapses the role of wildlife in the world’s ecosystems.

Newswise: New Study Finds That Access to Education and Markets Vital for Coastal Fishing Communities Adapting to a Warming and Changing World
Released: 21-May-2020 5:40 PM EDT
New Study Finds That Access to Education and Markets Vital for Coastal Fishing Communities Adapting to a Warming and Changing World
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study investigating the links between coastal communities and coral reefs in Kenya and Madagascar has found that access to education and markets can help mitigate acute vulnerabilities for communities struggling with poverty and reliant on ecosystems degraded by overfishing.

Newswise: Strong Sharing Networks Can Help Communities Rebound From Crises
Released: 15-May-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Strong Sharing Networks Can Help Communities Rebound From Crises
Wildlife Conservation Society

Of the top five countries in the world most at risk to disasters, three are Pacific Island nations. Yet time and time again, Pacific Islanders exhibit marked abilities to quickly recover. Part of the reason may be due to strong social networks that help to distribute resources to those most in need, say marine scientists from the University of Hawaiʿi, National Geographic Society and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) in a new study.

Newswise: Climate Surprise: Climate Change May Push Some Species to Higher Elevations – and Out of Harm’s Way
Released: 24-Apr-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Climate Surprise: Climate Change May Push Some Species to Higher Elevations – and Out of Harm’s Way
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new WCS-led study reveals that mountain-dwelling species fleeing warming temperatures by retreating to higher elevations may find refuge from reduced human pressure.

Newswise: “Ruminant Plague” Threatens Populations of Wildlife and Livestock
Released: 16-Mar-2020 1:10 PM EDT
“Ruminant Plague” Threatens Populations of Wildlife and Livestock
Wildlife Conservation Society

A disease already known for causing massive die-offs of wildlife in Asia is spreading.

Newswise: Camera Traps in Trees? That’s a Thing Now
Released: 5-Mar-2020 10:15 AM EST
Camera Traps in Trees? That’s a Thing Now
Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of researchers says that combining standard camera trapping with new “arboreal camera traps,” where remote cameras are set high in trees, can result in more accurate population estimates of wildlife – particularly in hard-to-survey areas like tropical forests.

Newswise: East African Fish In Need of Recovery
Released: 6-Feb-2020 4:35 PM EST
East African Fish In Need of Recovery
Wildlife Conservation Society

A study of East African coral reefs has uncovered an unfolding calamity for the region: plummeting fish populations due to overfishing, which in turn could produce widespread food insecurity.

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Released: 16-Jan-2020 4:05 PM EST
New Penguin Colony Discovered in Argentina
Wildlife Conservation Society

Just in time for Penguin Awareness Day on January 20th, WCS researchers announced the discovery of a new colony of Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) on a remote island in Argentina.

Newswise: STUDY: Humanity’s Footprint is Squashing World’s Wildlife
Released: 13-Jan-2020 2:10 PM EST
STUDY: Humanity’s Footprint is Squashing World’s Wildlife
Wildlife Conservation Society

Using the most comprehensive dataset on the “human footprint,” which maps the accumulated impact of human activities on the land’s surface, researchers found intense human pressures across the range of a staggering 20,529 terrestrial vertebrate species.


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