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WCS Reacts to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Plan for the Jaguar

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WCS Reacts to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Plan for the Jaguar
(April 26, 2019) CREDIT WCS Paraguay Program NEW YORK , N.Y. |  APRIL 26, 2019 - Experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reacted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recently released recovery plan for the jaguar. The recovery has two overlapping emphases: the Pan American Recovery Unit (PARU), which ranges from southwest Arizona to Argentina; and the Northwest Recovery Unit (NRU), which extends from northwestern Mexico into the United States. WCS works r...

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Government of Belize Expands Marine Protected Areas in Biodiverse Offshore Waters

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Government of Belize Expands Marine Protected Areas in Biodiverse Offshore Waters
(April 04, 2019) A spiny lobster in the waters of Belize. CREDIT: A. Tewfik/WCS BELIZE CITY , BELIZE |  APRIL 03, 2019 – The government of Belize has approved “The Expansion of Fisheries Replenishment (No-Take) Zones,” which will increase the total area of Belize’s protected waters from 4.5 percent to 11.6 percent, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). In this expansion, Belize also establishes its first protected area within its Exclusive Economic ...

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Footage Shows Rare Glimpse of Jaguar Swimming through Lagoon in Belize

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Footage Shows Rare Glimpse of Jaguar Swimming through Lagoon in Belize
(February 07, 2019) Watch the Video BELIZE CITY , BELIZE |  FEBRUARY 07, 2019 - WCS shared a video today showing incredible footage of a jaguar swimming across Placencia Lagoon in southern Belize.  The video, shot by Belizean boat captain Darryl Lozano, shows the jaguar effortlessly swimming across a channel until it reaches some red mangroves on a shoreline. WCS recognizes the Placencia Lagoon as an important fish nursery, with rare Halophila seagrass and a mangrove forest sur...

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The "Hairy Canary" in the Coal Mine: A New Report Finds that White-Lipped Peccaries have been Eliminated from 87 Percent of their Historical Range

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The "Hairy Canary" in the Coal Mine: A New Report Finds that White-Lipped Peccaries have been Eliminated from 87 Percent of their Historical Range
(December 18, 2018)   Experts declare that urgent action is required to avoid its extinction from Mesoamerica Results increase concerns that the region’s remaining wildlife is at a tipping point Download report here Download Spanish version of news release here   CREDIT: Apolinar Basora NEW YORK , N.Y. |  DECEMBER 18, 2018 - A new study by WCS, El Colegio de Frontera Sur, Washington State University and other key regional partners has found that t...

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WCS Offers Tribute to Dr. Alan Rabinowitz

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(August 06, 2018) Dr. Alan Rabinowitz (holding map) in the field. CREDIT: George Schaller. The following tribute was issued upon the passing of Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, a world authority on big cats. Dr. Rabinowitz was the co-founder of the big cat conservation organization Panthera. NEW YORK , USA |  AUGUST 06, 2018 - The Wildlife Conservation Society mourns the loss of Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, one of the world’s foremost experts on big cats. Dr. Rabinowitz worked tirelessly ...

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World Heritage Committee Removes Belize Barrier Reef from List of Sites in Danger

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World Heritage Committee Removes Belize Barrier Reef from List of Sites in Danger
(June 26, 2018) Milestone shows that current conservation approaches are working in places like Glover’s Reef Belize's reefs are home to hawksbill sea turtles, marine mammals, sharks and rays, and numerous fish species. Credit: R.Coleman MANAMA , BAHRAIN |  JUNE 26, 2018 WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) welcomed the decision by the UNESCO-World Heritage Committee to remove the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the “List of World Heritage in Danger.” Th...

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WCS’s Queens Zoo Helps Howler Monkeys Thrive in Belize

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WCS’s Queens Zoo Helps Howler Monkeys Thrive in Belize
(May 17, 2017) Howler monkeys were translocated in Belize’s Cockscomb Reserve in the early 1990s after vanishing years earlier WCS’s Queens Zoo Director Scott Silver helped translocate howler monkeys 25 years ago and led recent surveys WCS reports that 66 individuals were recently counted with evidence of many more Female howler monkey in tree (CREDIT MARGARET SNYDER) NEW YORK (May 17, 2017) – Recent WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo surveys of black howler monke...

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Punta Fuego Celebrates a Successful First Season as Belize’s Hottest Radio Drama

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Punta Fuego Celebrates a Successful First Season as Belize’s Hottest Radio Drama
(December 16, 2016) Belize City, Belize, December 16 — The first season of Punta Fuego may have come to a close, but thanks to its roaring success it will officially be back on air next June! By the end of its first season the hit radio show has given us many causes for celebration, including elevating the importance of ordinary Belizean fishers and of sustainable fishing practices. As one Hopkins fisher exclaimed, “finally there is a show about us.” Another fisher, thi...

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Belize’s Glover’s Reef Providing Refuge For New Generation of Sea Turtles

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Belize’s Glover’s Reef Providing Refuge For New Generation of Sea Turtles
(November 29, 2016)   WCS led survey finds more than 1,000 threatened hawksbill sea turtles Innovative and robust monitoring protocol used for in-water turtle assessments Sea turtle abundance a validation for protection of coral reefs NEW YORK (November 29, 2016) —A new generation of threatened hawksbill sea turtles is thriving in the protected waters of Glover’s Reef Atoll, Belize, evidence that efforts to protect these and other marine species in one of the world’s grea...

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Belize Implements National Sustainable Fisheries Reforms

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Belize Implements National Sustainable Fisheries Reforms
(June 15, 2016) Secure Fishing Rights Approach Serves as Global Model for Small-Scale Fisheries (Belmopan, Belize – June 15, 2016) This week Belize becomes the first country in the world to adopt a national, multispecies secure fishing rights program for all of its small-scale fisheries. After a long struggle to address illegal and open-access fishing, a partnership of fishing communities and non-governmental organizations, under the leadership of Belize’s Fisheries Department, created a...

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