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Where did COVID-19 Come From?

Where did COVID-19 Come From?
(March 12, 2020) In order to prevent the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases, we need to halt the illegal poaching and trafficking of wild animals and ban live animal markets that trade wildlife. While protecting public health, these actions will also address a major driver of species extinction.Did Coronavirus Come From Bats?  "Bats have a unique adaptation of their immune system," WCS's Dr. Christian Walzer says in this video, "which allows them to harbor viruses without these viruses causing a...

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Happy World Wildlife Day!

Happy World Wildlife Day!
(March 03, 2020) As the world focuses on the zoonotic COVID-19 outbreak, we are highlighting  The Berlin Principles; an urgent call to governments, academia, and civil society that all sectors need to break down barriers to ensure a united effort to prevent the emergence or resurgence of diseases that threaten humans, wildlife, and livestock.The Berlin Principles were developed and issued at the "One Planet, One Health, One Future" conference organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the ...

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The Chinese Government's Ban on Wildlife Trade: A Big Step Forward, With Caveats

The Chinese Government's Ban on Wildlife Trade: A Big Step Forward, With Caveats
(February 28, 2020) WCS welcomes this critical and positive step that reflects the central government’s commitment to both solving the COVID-19 outbreak and preventing future risks. We also believe that the live trade in all wild birds and mammals should be prohibited:  WCS Statement and Analysis: On the Chinese Government’s Decision Prohibiting Some Trade and Consumption of Wild AnimalsWCS's Dr. Chris Walzer tells the New York Times: China’s Ban on Wildlife Trade a Big Step, but Ha...

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Rare Giant Pangolin Rescue

Rare Giant Pangolin Rescue
(February 20, 2020) Our Wildlife Health program teams in the Republic of Congo recently assisted in the rehabilitation of a rescued giant pangolin, the world’s most trafficked scaled mammal. Thanks to their specialized care, this highly sensitive animal that often succumbs to stress in captivity, was successfully reintroduced to the wild of the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park. 

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117 Years of Zoo Veterinarians

117 Years of Zoo Veterinarians
(February 19, 2020) As WCS celebrates its 125 year anniversary, we remember the excellence in veterinary care the organization has always prioritized. In 1903, the Bronx Zoo was the first zoo in the U.S. to hire a full-time veterinarian to care for their collection. Chief Veterinarian, Dr Paul Calle's sheds more light in this Wild View blog:A Tradition of Excellent Veterinary Care

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