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Halting Global Cheetah Decline
by Sarah Durant
Our recent report on global cheetah decline provides alarming reading. Using the best available information, we estimate that there are only about 7,100 wild cheetah left in the world
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East of Siberia: A Long Walk Through Leopard Country
by Jonathan Slaght
In his 10th "East of Siberia" blog for Scientific American, WCS's Jon Slaght describes what happens when a last-minute invitation to speak at a conference reaches him deep in the wilderness.
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In Search of Shirin: Tracking a Collared Snow Leopard in the Afghan Pamirs
by Stéphane Ostrowski, Ashley Vosper, and Ali Madad Rajabi
The WCS Afghanistan team undertakes an expedition to visit the last known location of a snow leopard named ‘Shirin’ that had been fitted with a satellite GPS and radio collar in Tajikistan.
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Protect N.Y.’s Own Grand Canyon
by John Calvelli
The Hudson Canyon is a vast underwater chasm, is a part of the ecological splendor of the New York seascape, for which most New Yorkers are only beginning to have an appreciation.
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Earning Their Spot
by Vidya Athreya
In India, says WCS's Vidya Athreya, we are at a juncture when we can either take the route of extermination, like other countries, or show the world how to share space with wildlife.
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Tech in the Hand Saves Wildlife in the Bush
by Tony Lynam and Dave Marvin
The conservation community is increasingly acknowledging that it must adopt innovative, appropriate technology at scale  to extend local successes to the scope of coming challenges.
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Sustainable Seafood Delicacies Emerge in Belize
by Nicole Auil Gomez
Belize's reef unites its people in myriad ways. Locally, the almost 3000 nationally registered fishermen and women drive an active seafood market that reaches the world’s kitchens.
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As Nations Gather in Mexico to Discuss Biological Diversity, Pernicious Global Habitat Loss Continues
by n/a
As 196 signatory nations of the Convention of Biological Diversity meet in Mexico, researchers report that habitat destruction far outstrips habitat protection in many parts of the planet.
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Poaching’s Bloody Human Toll
by Joe Walston
WCS's Joe Walston argues that governments and conservation groups must do more to provide wildlife rangers with the resources they need to protect what’s left of the planet’s wild heritage.
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A Spot in the Shadows
by Vidya Athreya
WCS India's Vidya Athreya argues that in the violent images of the man-leopard conflict that we read and see, lost is the essential character of the wild animal that just wants to be left alone.
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Awareness of the Ivory Crisis is Taking Shape
by John Calvelli
Guinness World Records recently certified that 78,564 origami elephants mounted at the Bronx Zoo a new record - doubling the previous high and raising awareness of the elephant poaching crisis.
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New Threats Emphasize Need for Proactive Amazon Jaguar Conservation Planning
by Rob Wallace
Now facing hunting pressure to meet a growing demand for trade in its parts, the jaguar occupies a special place in the history, culture, and traditions of Latin America.
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East of Siberia: A Tiger Conservationist in the Urban Jungle
by Jonathan Slaght
For conservation biologists, not all adventures take place in the woods. Sometimes the pathways to be negotiated are hallways, not game trails. Sometimes our adventures are urban.
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Look to Wildlife Protection for Post-Election Common Ground
by Cristian Samper
While significant differences exist between the political parties, we must come together on the conservation and protection of wildlife and wild places.
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Good News for Elephants for a Change
by Cristián Samper
In Tanzania, writes WCS President & CEO Cristián Samper, "I have seen first-hand the profound impact of our dedicated staff and the resilience of wildlife if given a chance to recover."
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Eating to Save the Planet
by Julie Kunen
Ask where that fish comes from, choose the locally grown option, order the more sustainable plate — you’ll make a tremendous difference in the world and it will taste delicious.
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Bison Have Been Bringing Americans Together For Centuries
by John Calvelli
November 5th is National Bison Day - a day to celebrate everything wonderful about this uniquely American animal that was recognized in 2016 as the US national mammal.
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Will the Ax Fall on Nigeria’s National Parks?
by Natalie Ingle
In a New York Times op-ed, WCS's Natalie Ingle argues that a planned superhighway in Nigeria would cause irreparable harm to wildlife and local communities.
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Bats Are Charged Up for Halloween
by Sarah Olson
On Halloweens of late, it is bats who have had a monster to fear — a real one — that is devastating populations of these flying mammals in eastern North America.
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Colorado’s Wild Places: Deer Today, Gone Tomorrow?
by Sarah Reed
Local communities need the resources — including information about where important wildlife habitats are located — to achieve a reasonable balance between conservation and development.
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Why International Snow Leopard Day Matters
by Peter Zahler
On this International Snow Leopard Day, there is a growing sense that we may be able to save one of the last great wildernesses in Asia, and the great cat that defines it.
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International Snow Leopard Day in Afghanistan
by Richard Paley, Peter Zahler
In 2006, WCS embarked on the first-ever program to comprehensively and holistically address all of the threats facing snow leopards in a key landscape—  the Wakhan region of northern Afghanistan.
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Translating Survey Findings Into Effective Elephant Protection Results
by Paul Elkan, Simon Hedges
The Great Elephant Census showed that important elephant populations persist in several key range areas that historically supported large numbers of elephants – so there is still much to fight for.
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Farm to Table Cycling in the Adirondacks
by Julie Kunen and Zoe Smith
WCS conceived Cycle Adirondacks as a unique way to expose visitors to this special place and enable riders to experience the conservation work we are doing to protect this environmental treasure.
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