By Chris Walzer, Susan Lieberman & Arnaud Goessens | Nov 26, 2021

By conserving existing intact ecosystems, we maintain natural barriers between humans and pathogens of zoonotic origin. Photo credit: ©Kyle de Nobrega

This week, the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s decision-making body, will discuss a potential international pandemic treaty. Pandemic preparedness is critical, but governments must also ensure that this agreement addresses prevention at source. …

By Colin Poole | May 21, 2020

Endangered Giant Ibis, Cambodia. Credit: Phann Sithan WCS

[Note: this commentary was originally published at Scientific American.]

In a rare piece of COVID-19 good news, the Thai government recently announced that endangered leatherback turtles are returning to nesting beaches now devoid of tourists. However, at the same time, I was being…

By Alonzo Johnson | July 23, 2021

Alonzo with Junebug, an African Crested Porcupine, enjoying time in the Animal Encounters classroom. Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

[Note: This commentary was originally published at PBS Nature.]

The natural world and the millions of animals that inhabit and help maintain it have always been major sources of inspiration for me. However, growing up in the heart of New York City, finding…

Shark Week 2021

By Jeanne Brown | July 16, 2021

Wide and beautiful estuary in the Bajo Baudo, Chocó. Photo credit: Javier Silva/WCS

A particular stingray species (Styracura pacifica) had been reported in Central America, but a recent study by Fundación MarViva, Fundación Squalus and WCS shows it is present in a coastal MPA in Colombia — a good sign that continued protection of this healthy…

By Thomas Mutton | July 15, 2021

The Admiralty cuscusis is a nocturnal cat-sized marsupial found on the heavily forested tropical island of Manus. Photo credit: ©WCS Papua New Guinea Program

Manus Island is one of the world’s biodiversity jewels. It is the largest of the Admiralty Islands, located in the remote Bismarck Archipelago, and is the namesake of Papua New Guinea’s Manus Province. …

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