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Half of Western Lowland Gorillas May Vanish by 2040. Here's How We Can Prevent That
by Fiona Maisels, Samantha Strindberg, Liz Williamson
It is worth fighting for secure and thriving populations of great apes: the heart-stopping charge of a silverback gorilla, a young chimp practicing chest pounding. But for a few flips in the switches of evolution, they could be us.
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We Neglect the One Planet We’ve Got at Our Own Peril
by Rob Wallace
Our ability to conserve biodiversity and combat climate change depends greatly on the world’s indigenous people. As Houston’s long recovery from Harvey continues, we neglect their wisdom at our peril.
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When a Bat Sees Its Shadow: How Winter Length Can Effect Bat Survival
by Katie Haase
WCS's Katie Haase and her colleagues are demonstrating how models to predict fat burn during bat hibernation can also shed light on the impact of White Nose Syndrome on North American bat species.
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How to Help Penguins
by David Oehler, Julie Larsen Maher
Penguins are in trouble. Close to two-thirds of the world’s 17 penguin species face population pressures from threats like overfishing, oil spills, and man-made changes to the birds’ environment.
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We Should Embrace Scavengers and Predators
by James Watson, Christopher O'Bryan
In a new blog for Scientific American, WCS's James Watson and his colleague Chris O'Bryan argue that predators and scavengers are being lost at an unprecedented rate.
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Krill and Crab Rolls at the New York Aquarium
by Julie Kunen
WCS VP for the Americas Julie Kunen writes that when WCS opens its new Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit at the New York Aquarium, it will buy seafood directly from the fishermen we work with to tell that side of the story.
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East of Siberia: Heeding the Sign
by Jonathan Slaght
When WCS's Jon Slaght joined a colleague to learn the fate of a tiger whose radio collar went silent, he learned a lot about apex predator conflict, a little about crow behavior, and to always follow the sign.
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Conserving Big Cats Isn’t Easy, But It’s Possible
by John Robinson
WCS's John Robinson notes that parks and protected areas are key to conserving big cat populations. Effective management can ensure that habitat remains intact to prevent the hunting of big cats and their prey.
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Seeking Resilience in Marine Ecosystems
by Emily Darling
The fight for remaining “reefs of hope” that hold out hope for resilience to warming seas must occur alongside improving the resilience of people and communities to help dampen coming climate shocks.
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Wire Snares in the Jungle Inflict Torture and Slow Deaths on Our Wildlife
by Melvin Gumal
WCS Malaysia Director Melvin Gumal discusses new efforts to raise awareness that poaching and the illegal wildlife trade are crimes and that cable snares are common and cruel.
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Celebrating Sulawesi: An Exuberance of Indonesian Biodiversity
by Matthew Linkie
Sulawesi is a rich treasure trove of awe-inspiring biodiversity. WCS and the Indonesia forestry ministry are working together to document these species and fully protect them for future generations.
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The Unique Benefits of Intact Forests
by James Watson, Tom Evans
New research demonstrates the extraordinary value of Earth's remaining intact forests for addressing climate change and protecting wildlife, critical watersheds, indigenous cultures and human health.
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A Whale of a Day
by Nadim Parves
Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey participant Nadim Parves describes her first whale sighting as the expedition completes its mission of identifying populations of cetaceans, sharks, and other iconic species.
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Days in the Bay of Bengal: Between Dreams and Reality
by Manzura Khan
WCS’s Manzura Khan writes, “My time on the water seemed like a lifetime of learning collapsed into this short time working together to accomplish our shared goal of protecting marine biodiversity in Bangladesh.”
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Addressing Cumulative Impacts of Climate Change and Development on Freshwater Fish in Northern Ontario
by Cheryl Chetkiewicz
Now is the time for the Government of Ontario to assume leadership to conserve freshwater fish through progressive, regional land-use planning and regional environmental assessment.
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Why Won’t Wolverines Cross the Road?
by Justina Ray
Unchecked road building in forests that wolverines and grizzly bears depend on is a key factor in the disappearance of these and other iconic animals. It's time to put a stop sign on indiscriminate road building.
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WCS Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey: Day Two with a New Discovery from F.B. Jobeda
by Shanta Shamsunnahar
Freshly inspired, Shanta Shamaunnahr has resolved to work harder to "find a balance between protecting of our country’s large and diverse marine megafauna and ensuring that fisheries are sustainable."
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Respecting Our Elders Should Never Grow Old
by Joel Berger, Katarzyna Nowak
It’s time to seize what lessons we’ve learned from our past. Let’s revere the old matriarch who harbors accumulated wisdom or the old wolf that teaches his pack when to walk away from a fight.
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From One Extreme to Another as the Madidi Expedition Comes to a Close
by Rob Wallace
In a new blog for the Identidad Madidi expedition, Rob Wallace records four new birds for the park, boosting the official Madidi list to an astounding and record-breaking 1,028 confirmed bird species.
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When Africa's Elephant Trails Became Mean Streets, the World Decided to Take Them Back
by John Calvelli
Many of the roads and trails elephants travel in Africa were forged by the repeated journeys by generations of elephants. By eliminating the trade in the ivory, we can begin to take back those streets.
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Settling in to Our Boats for the Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey
by Neha Simlai
Neha Simlai blogs from the Bangladesh marine megafauna survey, capturing the expedition's sighting of a pod of about 30-40 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.
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Baby photos of 10 of the world’s rarest turtles from the zoo trying to save them
by Avishai Shuter, Don Boyer, Julie Larsen Maher
More than half of the world’s freshwater turtles and tortoises on the brink of extinction. The hatchlings pictured in this blog are part of assurance colonies at the Bronx Zoo’s World of Reptiles.
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Central America’s Wildlife Through the Eyes of Its People… and Their Cell Phones
by Jeremy Radachowsky
WCS has launched a cellphone-based photo competition – “Eyes of the Jaguar”, inviting the people of Central America to showcase the wonder and plight of the region’s wildlife.
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Setting Sail for the Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey
by Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur
To better understand and safeguard marine diversity, WCS and local partners are currently conducting the Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey. Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur reports for National Geographic.
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