Good news! Snow leopards have been upgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable.” Still, scientists are urging caution. While efforts to protect these elusive big cats are helping, snow leopards still face serious dangers, including poaching for their thick fur and the overhunting of their wild prey. "It is important that a change in status is not misinterpreted," said Peter Zahler, Coordinator of the @TheWCS Snow Leopard Program, "this change does not mean that the snow leopard has been ‘saved’ and efforts on its behalf can stop."
As their mother looks on, watch these three small ducklings leap from their Koki tree-hollow home for the first time. These birds are endangered white-winged ducks in Cambodia. There are only 250–1000 of the species left in the wild. @TheWCS actually helped rescue the mother in 2015 after she was discovered injured. She was rehabilitated and then later rereleased.
The Asian giant softshell turtle was thought to be extinct in the Cambodian portion of the Mekong River. But in 2007, it was rediscovered. Recently, 150 hatchlings from the species were released back into that habitat. Our colleague with @TheWCS Cambodia, Mengey Eng writes about the project on #WCSWildView. "I am proud of working to conserve this turtle," one former egg collector told him, "and I hope future generations will be able to see this species.”
We now know Cambodia’s Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary is home to 30 large mammal species, including macaques like this little one. Experts from @TheWCS and Japan's Kyoto University recently documented the impressive biodiversity using remote camera traps (or motion-sensor cameras). You can get an incredible candid photo like this sent to your inbox each week via the link in our bio.
We’re thrilled to announce that nine critically endangered Siamese crocodiles have hatched at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center in Cambodia. It's amazing news since there may only be 400 or so adults of the species left in the wild. The reptiles hatched from eggs discovered and protected earlier this year by conservationists from @TheWCS, the Fisheries Administration, and local communities in the Sre Ambel District of Koh Kong Province. #crocodiles#cambodia#asia#endangered#wildlife#inawhilecrocodile#babies#crocs
Good news from WCS Cambodia on the conservation of the critically endangered Bengal florican. Last week, WCS and Ministry of Environment staff found this Bengal florican chick while monitoring the species in the Northern Tonle Sap Protected Landscape, Kampong Thom Province. The bird has a global population of fewer than 800 individuals. The grassland of the Tonle Sap floodplain in Kompong Thom Province is home to the largest population of the birds in the world and is critical to their survival.
Happy #WorldElephantDay! Elephants are amazing animals. They play important roles in their habitats, including digging pools that other animals rely on and dispersing seeds. They express grief and compassion, show self-awareness and altruism. They also appreciate a good roll in the mud as protection from the sun and insects. #elephants#wildlife#africa#asia#mud#baby#10DaysforElephants
Happy #WorldLionDay! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Lion King, @TheLionKing stopped by the zoo to learn about lions and how to protect the circle of life. We’re committed to the conservation of lions and all species around the globe. You can help lions today by protecting the Endangered Species Act, link in bio. #endangeredspeciesact#thelionking#lion#lions
We need your help protecting the Endangered Species Act. It’s Day 2 of 10 Days for Elephants—our 10 days of action leading up to #WorldElephantDay on August 12. Yesterday, you helped us crush nearly two tons of confiscated ivory in New York's Central Park. Today, we need to speak out against legislation that would roll back critical protections for threatened and endangered species. Via the link in our bio, tell your reps in the U.S. House of Representatives: this must not happen!
"Today is a good day for elephants and a bad day for poachers...NY is closed for business." John Calvelli, Director of @96elephants begins our #IvoryCrush program.
Big news! 19 nests of the Critically Endangered giant ibis have been discovered in the Northern Plains of Cambodia. It's thought that fewer than 200 of these birds are left in the world. Community members and conservationists are working together to protect these nests from human disturbances and other threats.
Tomorrow is #GlobalTigerDay and there are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers, like this Sumatran, left. If the image looks a bit blurry it's because it was snapped by a remote sensor camera trap, set up by our WCS Indonesia team, in Gunung Leuser National Park in northern Sumatra. Tigers there face a number of threats, including habitat loss and poaching. Support our efforts to help them and tigers worldwide via the link in our bio.
BREAKING: The first nest found in four years! Conservationists from @TheWCS, the Ministry of Environment, and local communities have discovered a very rare masked finfoot nest in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary. This site is the only confirmed breeding location in #Cambodia for this #endangered species. There are less than 1000 of the birds worldwide and the population is in decline. #Asia#wildlife#conservation#rare#birdsofinstagram
Central America’s largest remaining forests are disappearing. And fast. The three biggest blocks have been reduced by more than 23% in the last 15 years—one of the most alarming discoveries in a new study by @TheWCS researchers. Illegal cattle ranching, oil palm plantations, and other human-related activities are putting local communities and the region’s wildlife, including jaguars, at risk. In response, 25 Mesoamerican indigenous groups, protected area agencies, and civil society organizations have signed a declaration committing to address the causes of forest loss through a number of concrete actions.