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2013-03-14 17:49:13

CITES plenary today accepted Committee recommendations to list five species of highly traded sharks under the CITES Appendices, along with those for the listing of both manta rays and one species of sawfish. Japan, backed by Gambia and India, unsuccessfully challenged the Committee decision to list the oceanic whitetip shark, while Grenada and China failed in an attempt to reopen debate on listing three hammerhead species. Colombia, Senegal, Mexico and others took the floor to defend...

Room To Roam Needed For Wildlife In The Southern Canadian Rockies
2013-03-08 14:04:44

Wildlife Conservation Society Grizzly bear, wolverine, and bull trout among species ranked as 'highly' vulnerable to climate change and road use A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS Canada) creates a conservation strategy that will promote wildlife resiliency in the Southern Canadian Rockies to the future impacts of climate change and road use. The report's "safe passages and safe havens" were informed in part by an assessment of six iconic species–bull...

American Bullfrog Is Spreading Chytrid Through Commercial Trade
2013-03-07 09:27:12

Wildlife Conservation Society A team of scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), revealed in a new study, for the first time, the presence of the pathogenic chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in amphibians sampled in Singapore. And the American bullfrog may be a central player in the spread of the disease. The study appears in the current issue of the journal EcoHealth, and is the first to consider the role...

2013-03-05 16:22:25

NEW YORK, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, The Rockefeller Foundation announced a $2 million grant to the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society in support of the Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL) initiative. This grant will support two of HEAL's five core modules enabling the Wildlife Conservation Society and its partners to conduct work in Southeast Asia and Madagascar that examines the relationships between conserved ecosystems and several dimensions...

Ivory Poaching Causes 37 Percent Elephant Decline In Congo
2013-03-02 05:34:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New statistics show that the elephant population in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has declined by 37 percent in the last five years. According to wildlife surveys by the Wildlife Conservation Society and DRC officials, only 1,700 elephants now remain in the DRC, which holds the largest remaining forest elephant population. Scientists at WCS warn that if people continue to poach forest elephants in DRC, then the species...

Adirondack Park Study Shows Bird Communities Impacted By Exurban Residences Up To 200 Meters Away
2013-02-26 11:43:28

Wildlife Conservation Society Some species keeping their distance, while others cozy up to human neighbors As part of the study, scientists sampled the presence of 20 species of birds both near and far from 30 rural residences in the Adirondack Park. Calculating their occurrence at increasing distances from the residences, they determined that "human-adapted" species are 36 percent more likely to occur near the homes than in the surrounding mixed hardwood-conifer forests, and that...

Co-management Approach Safeguards Marine Protected Area In Indonesian Coral Triangle
2013-02-09 09:13:23

Wildlife Conservation Society Fishing communities living on the islands of Indonesia's Karimunjawa National Park have found an important balance, improving their social well-being while reducing their reliance on marine biodiversity, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Western Australia. Over the past 5 years, the Government of Indonesia has turned Karimunjawa National Park–a marine paradise of turquoise seas and mangrove-ringed islands in the Java...

Ivory Trade Poaching Has Claimed 11,000 Elephants In Africa
2013-02-07 09:32:00

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Gabon's Minkebe Park, once home to Africa's largest forest elephant population, has lost a staggering 11,100 individuals to poaching for the ivory trade, according to a new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Recent surveys of regions of the park, conducted by WCS, WWF and Gabon's Agence Nationale des parcs Nationaux (ANPN), reveal that two thirds of the park's elephant population has vanished since 2004, with the...

Beloved Tapirs Thrive In South America’s National Parks
2013-01-23 10:02:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lowland tapirs are strange forest and grassland-dwelling herbivores with trunk-like snouts. A group of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has documented a thriving population living in a network of remote national parks spanning the Peru-Bolivia border. WCS used a combination of camera traps and interviews with park guards and subsistence hunters to estimate the size of the population at around 14,500 tapirs in...

Tibet’s Wild Yaks On The Rebound After Near Extinction
2013-01-17 08:57:44

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A multinational team of conservationists from the University of Montana and the Wildlife Conservation Society recently counted nearly 1,000 wild yaks in a remote area of the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau. The species was nearly decimated in the mid-twentieth century by overhunting, and this find may indicate a significant comeback. The team of Americans and Chinese counted 990 yaks in a rugged nature reserve called Hoh Xil. The reserve is...