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More Devastating News for Forest Elephants

February 12, 2014

The authors of a landmark 2013 study, coordinated by WCS, show that forest elephant poaching continues apace, with 65 percent of the animals lost between 2002 and 2013. The information was released at the United for Wildlife International Wildlife Trafficking Symposium at the Zoological Society of London.

Study Sheds Light on Forgotten Apes

November 25, 2013

A recent study discovered that bonobos, formerly known as pygmy chimpanzees, are in danger of losing their habitats.

Progress Report: Saving Amphibians in The DRC

September 16, 2013

Conservationists are working with local communities to protect the biodiversity of the Albertine Rift.

New Park Protects 15,000 Gorillas

January 31, 2013

The Republic of Congo has just announced creation of a new national park that protects some 15,000 western lowland gorillas. Ntokou-Pikounda National Park also provides safe harbor for an estimated 800 elephants and 950 chimpanzees, as well as a remote swamp WCS researchers call the "Green Abyss."

New World Heritage Site in Wild Heart of Central Africa

July 2, 2012

Forest elephants congregate en masse within TNS, a new World Heritage Site, sometimes in groups of 100 or more. Nowhere else in the world are this many forest elephants spotted together. 

Senseless Killings in a Congolese Wildlife Reserve

June 29, 2012

Bandits murdered 7 people and 14 okapis when they attacked the village of Epulu and Okapi Wildlife Reserve. Although okapis share physical similarities to zebras, they are more closely related to giraffes.

How to Stop Wildlife Poachers

May 25, 2012

WCS VP for Species Conservation Liz Bennett details efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade and highlights the urgent need for additional security forces to slow and ultimately reverse the decimation of myriad charismatic species.

An Investment in Stripes and Ribbits

February 9, 2012

In a big boost for wildlife, 23 new species conservation projects will receive funding from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the World Bank, and the Global Environment Facility.

Marine Mammals on the Menu

January 24, 2012

A newly released study finds that people are increasingly consuming marine mammals—including some very rare species, like the Fraser’s dolphin—in more than 100 countries around the world.

Contest in the Congo

November 30, 2011

WCS’s James Deutsch, Executive Director of the Africa Program, reflects on the impacts that Congo’s presidential and parliamentary elections may have on the fate of the region’s vast natural resource wealth.

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