World Wildlife Day 2017: Blogs from the Wildlife Conservation Society

World Wildlife Day: Conserving Our Natural Heritage for Future Generations

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Bushmeat hunting and civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo are major drivers of the two-decade-long collapse of Grauer’s gorillas, but where key conservation measures are in place their numbers have begun recovering. Photo by A.J. Plumptre/WCS.
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From near extinction half a century ago, Amur (Siberian) tigers have rebounded to nearly 500 animals in the Russian Far East due to dedicated conservation efforts. Camera trap photo courtesy WCS Russia Program.
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WCS elephant researcher Andrea Turkalo and colleagues reported in 2016 that it would take nearly a century for Africa’s forest elephants to recover from their devastating losses due to poaching in the past decade. Photo by Andrea Turkalo/WCS.
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Cristián Samper chairs a panel at the United Nations examining the wildlife trafficking crisis on World Wildlife Day, 2017. Photo courtesy U.N.
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This year’s United Nations Conference on the Oceans should include a discussion on the illegal trade in cetaceans, marine turtles, sharks, rays, corals, and other marine species. Photo ©Tobias Friedrich.

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