Conservation News to Be Thankful For (Photos)

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Photo credit: Emmanuel Rondeau.

November 21, 2018

It’s the season to give thanks in the U.S. and there was a lot to be grateful for this past year, including new protected areas on land and at sea, new wildlife-friendly laws on the books, and new opportunities to spread the importance of conservation. “As we harness the expertise in our zoos and aquarium with our global conservation program,” said WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) President and CEO Cristián Samper, “we thank our colleagues, partners, and supporters for making this work possible.”

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Photo credit: Sophy Machago/WCS.

1. Zebras returned to Tanzania’s Southern Highlands.

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Photo credit: Gael Vande Weghe.

2. Countries around the world helped secure nature’s strongholds.

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Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS.

3. It was a banner year at the New York Aquarium with the opening of Ocean Wonders: Sharks!

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Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS.

4. New legislation was proposed to keep straws out of the water.

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Photo credit: Stacy Jupiter/WCS.

5. Scientists identified resilient coral reefs.

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Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS.

6. More episodes of THE ZOO on Animal Planet are coming in 2019.

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Photo credit: Ivonne Kienast/WCS.

7. Kingo turned 40.

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Photo credit: Jeff Burrell/WCS.

8. Pronghorn crossings proved to be a success.

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Photo caption: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS.

9. The United Kingdom announced an ivory ban.

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