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For the first time in five years, a nest of the endangered white-winged duck has been discovered on the Northern Plains of Cambodia. People from the local community found the nest and reported it to conservationists from the Ministry of Environment and WCS. The species’ global population is estimated to be between 250 and 1,000. The discovery is part of an innovative program developed by WCS in which local people are compensated to protect and monitor endangered birds instead of harvesting them.
Fantastic news! A recent photograph provides further evidence that tigers are re-colonizing lost habitat in Russia. Joining Zolushka, a second orphaned Amur tigress, Svetlaya, has become a mother after rehabilitation and release back to the wild.
Looking for a pick-me-up? Watch this recent video of sibling gorillas Avatar and Jingles hugging it out. The pair were named by researchers from WCS’s Mbeli Bai Study in Republic of Congo's Nouabale-Ndoki National Park. The study is the longest running on the social organization, life history, and demographics of western lowland gorillas. These two were born to the same group in 2014. #hug#hugs#siblings#gorilla#congo#africa#family@wcs_congo
On Thursday, August 3, New York State will be crushing more than one ton of confiscated ivory in Central Park - and we want you to be a part of it! Together, we'll send a message that illegal ivory trafficking must stop. Enter via the link in our bio for a chance to personally place a piece of ivory on the conveyor belt at the crush.
Right now, WCS Myanmar staff are helping care for this injured Bengal slow loris from the country's Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary. The loris, it seems, was bitten by another animal. A farmer discovered it and brought it in. The loris is now recovering well and is expected to be released into the sanctuary. In the meantime, it sleeps during the day and is active at night, enjoying bananas provided by sanctuary staff.
In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers from @TheWCS and other groups used mitochondrial DNA—different from nuclear DNA in that it helps scientists trace maternal lineages—from more than 3,000 individual humpback whales across the Southern Hemisphere and Arabian Sea to examine how whale populations are related. They found population structure is largely driven by female #whales that return annually to the same breeding grounds and by the early experiences of calves that accompany their mothers on their first round-trip to the feeding grounds.
The pig-nosed turtle talks! Scientists from @TheWCS and other groups have found that this Star Wars-esque species, also known as the Fly River turtle, uses vocalizations to communicate while feeding, basking, and nesting. They recorded 182 calls from seven individuals, including some in the wild. The turtle can be found in Australia, Indonesia, and New Guinea. It's not the first chatty chelonian. In 2014, @TheWCS scientists found that another turtle species, the giant South American river turtle, also vocalizes. #turtle#talking#reptile#shell#conversation#Australia#indonesia
With our partners, we've just released 150 Asian giant softshell turtle hatchlings into the wild. This species is endangered. In fact, it was thought to be extinct in the Cambodian portion of the Mekong River until it was re-discovered in 2007. This release is part of a community-based protection program that encourages the participation of local communities. Former nest collectors are hired to search for and protect nests instead of harvesting the eggs. Since 2007, 329 nests have been protected and 7,709 hatchlings released. #turtle#turtlepower#cambodia#babiesofinstagram#babies#southeastasia#endangered#wildlife
A reticulated glass frog—a good animal to consider soon after Father's Day. The males of this species will guard the eggs 24 hours a day until the tadpoles emerge—defending the eggs from predators such as grasshoppers, katydids, flies, wasps, and spiders. Samuel Bozeman of the @BronxZoo writes about them on our #WCSWildView blog. #frog#glass#transparent#wildlife#fathersday
Happy #WorldSeaTurtleDay! Sea turtles are among the many marine animals that are being hurt by plastic pollution. Often, they mistake plastic bags for the jellyfish they eat. Sign up for our 30-Day Plastics Challenge via the link in our bio and help keep this waste out of the ocean. We can make a difference! #plasticschallenge#cleanseas#turtle#ocean#pollution
Great news! These hatchlings are from a critically endangered species. In fact, there are only a handful of female Burmese roofed turtles left in the wild. In April, we shared the news that scientists from @TheWCS and @turtlesurvival had discovered and protected 44 fertile eggs. Now the eggs have hatched. ”Seeing the hatchlings is an awe-inspiring sight,” says Steven Platt, WCS Conservation Herpetologist for Southeast Asia, "particularly when you consider the species was thought extinct as recently as 2001.” Once they reach a size where they can defend themselves from predators, the hatchlings will be released into the wild. #babiesofinstagram#turtle#turtles#hatch#asia#myanmar
Musk deer are small, shy, fanged deer targeted by poachers across #Asia for the musk gland found in males. Gram for gram, it's more valuable than #gold. A new study by @TheWCS and partners finds that logging roads in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains of the Russian Far East are inadvertently leading to increased poaching of these deer by providing poachers easy access to the area. With the primary timber company in the region, TerneyLes, the researchers are working to block human access on the most threatening roads. @jonathanslaght#tigers#deer#Russia#loggingroads#wildlife#vulnerable
This is Mia, an #English springer spaniel. She works with the #Uganda Wildlife Authority at #Entebbe International #Airport to sniff out illegal ivory. Uganda has emerged as a key point of transit for traffickers taking illegal #ivory to #Asia. Since Mia joined the airport team, she and another #dog named Piper have played important roles in a number of busts. The team says she's very focused and loves to search. Share a pic of your dog with #PupsForEles and show your support for her! We're sharing the photos on 96Elephants.org. #96Elephants#dogs#dogsofinstagram#pup#elephants#Africa
It’s #WorldOceansDay! And we’ve got good news from the UN Oceans Conference. Fiji has committed to protect two large areas within the Vatu-I-Ra Seascape, the ecologically unique and colorful area seen in these photos. This will help protect humpback #whales that migrate from Antarctica to the area to breed, vibrant corals, #sharks, #rays, more than 200 #fish species and regionally significant seabird populations. If you want to do something to help the ocean, too, sign up for our 30-Day #PlasticsChallenge via the link in our bio. Join us in making an impact of our own, just like Fiji. #pollution#ocean#cleanseas#wildlife#saveouroceans PHOTOS Cat Holliday and Joseph Tepper.
At the UN Ocean Conference this week, Gabon announced the creation of a massive network of marine protected areas in its waters, including nine new marine parks and 11 aquatic reserves. Previously, @thewcs had helped lead underwater surveys off Gabon's coast, alongside National Geographic and Gabon’s Agence Nationale de Parcs Nationaux (ANPN), which uncovered a wealth of marine biodiversity (like this eel peering out from some sea anemones). #ocean#eel#orange#sea#wildlife#africa#UnitedNations#SaveOurOcean
BREAKING: Northern Congo’s notorious elephant poacher and ivory trafficker Daring Dissaka, 39, has been convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment (the maximum allowed by law). Dissaka's imprisonment represents another significant step forward for the Republic of Congo's justice system and forest elephant conservation in Central Africa. Kudos to @wcs_congo and the @TheWCS Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU), a group of investigators and legal experts who are employed by the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park to follow up on wildlife crime cases. They have been tracking Dissaka’s whereabouts closely since September 2016. #elephant#crime#ivory@96Elephants#96elephants
BREAKING: The U.S. has announced it's withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change. In response, WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper issued a statement expressing his disappointment. "The science is clear that human-caused warming of the planet and other climate change impacts are harming people, livelihoods and wildlife and it will get worse unless something is done to curtail it." Read more on our website, wcs.org. #climatechange#paris#wildlife#lemur#africa#forest#deforestation
"There was something magical," writes @anjuliglobal on our photo blog, #WCSWildView, "about watching their sleek bodies burst out of the water in a spray of white as they danced momentarily in the world above." To snag this dolphin photo, Anjuli Waybright lay across the deck of the boat on the bow and carefully placed her camera through a low slot to get just the right angle. At the time, she was off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, on the way south to Florida. #dolphins#dance#ocean#boatlife#wildlife#rhodeisland#atlanticocean#newport
Illegal mining in the eastern Democratic Republic of #Congo (DRC) is taking a toll on the local great apes, including the critically endangered Grauer's #gorilla, a new @TheWCS study has shown. Our researchers surveyed mining camps around two protected areas, Kahuzi-Biega National Park and Itombwe Nature Reserve, and found that in the absence of an alternative protein the majority of miners were reliant on hunting bushmeat. Over the last 20 years, Grauer's gorilla numbers have plummeted 77%. A better regulated mining industry, the authors say, would improve local governance, social wellbeing, and economic opportunities while reducing negative #environmental impacts. If you're in the U.S., speak out via the link in our bio and encourage Congressional action on this issue. #takeaction#africa#hunting#wildlife#endangered
We recently completed the first aerial assessment of the impact South Sudan's civil war is having on the country's wildlife and natural resources. So far, wildlife populations have survived. But the threats from poaching and wildlife trafficking are increasing, as is illegal mining, timber harvesting, and charcoal production. Wildlife in South Sudan, which is home to the world’s second-largest land mammal migration, includes species of global importance—among them elephants, giraffes, lions, and hippos. #southsudan#africa#war#endangered#lion#elephant#giraffe#hippo#migration