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Our 10 Favorite Stories of 2015

December 30, 2015

This past year was full of compelling stories from the world of wildlife. With great pains, we narrowed it down to the 10 we most wanted to go back and read again.

Photo Credit: ©Farid Belbachir/ZSL/OPNA

January 28

Elusive Cat

Research published in part by scientists from WCS brought us a peek at the elusive Saharan cheetah. There are thought to be fewer than 250 of the animal left in the desert, making it one of the rarest carnivores on the planet.

Photo Credit: Lieven Devreese

April 16

First Photo

In the Republic of Congo, a pair of primatologists captured the first-ever photo of the critically endangered Bouvier's red colobus monkey.

Photo Credit: ©Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete/Blue Whale Center

June 11

Epic Journey

Thanks to DNA and photos taken of a female blue whale named "Isabela," scientists gained insights into how the world's largest animal moves in the southeastern Pacific.

Photo Credit: ©WCS/LISA EIDLIN

July 6

Turtle Rescue

Experts rushed to save thousands of turtles rescued during a warehouse raid in the Philippines—3,800 of them were critically endangered Palawan forest turtles.

Photo Credit: © Stephen J. Richards

August 10

Research Like It's 1899

In the process of updating the status of Manus green tree snails, which are found only on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, WCS biologist Nathan Whitmore turned to a fascinating old research method.

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

August 13

Stork Surrogates

As part of a special breeding program at the Bronx Zoo, a pair of storks became parents, caring for a chick produced by another adult pair as if it were their own.

Photo Credit: ©Mileniusz Spanowicz/WCS

August 20

A New Frog Discovered

We got incredible reports and saw stunning photos from the Identidad Madidi expedition throughout the year, including the news of a new species discovery—this big-headed or robber frog (Oreobates sp. nov.).

Photo Credit: ©Tim Davenport/WCS

October 16

Great Scott!

For Back to the Future Day, we reveled in the Marty McFly-like behavior of dolphins off eastern Africa, as witnessed by the WCS Tanzania team.


November 18

Exact Match

Just last month, we learned how WCS experts used a camera trap photo to help Thailand ID a tiger skin as coming from a protected area.

Photo Credit: © Bastak Reserve

December 10

Cinderella Tiger Has Cubs

An orphaned, starved, frostbitten tiger cub was rescued in Russia in 2012 and later released back into the wild. Late this year, camera trap footage confirmed she now has two cubs of her own.

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