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We reported last month that the entire population of tigers in the Panna Tiger Reserve in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has been completely decimated by poachers. But now, the good guys have some points on the board. On August 13, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced two successful raids, and numerous arrests by…

Band-e-Amir Lake Kara, the largest of six lakes. Photograph by Alex Dehgan/WCS; Text by Tetsuhiko Endo Thirty years of intermittent war have taken a toll on just about everything in Afghanistan, including its wildlife. Conflict and poaching have decimated a big cat population that once contained more species than Africa, including the now endangered snow…

Scientists working with the Wildlife Conservation Society have discovered a population of 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins in the freshwater regions of Bangladesh's Sundarbans mangrove forest and adjacent waters of the Bay of Bengal. Until this discovery in a largely un-researched area, the largest known population of the smiley ceteceans numbered in the low hundreds, according to…

Steve Sanderson, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, just made this announcement at the George B. Schaller: Practicing the Art of Conservation lecture in New York City: "I'm really delighted to be able to announce that we've just signed a $2.8 million agreement to protect tigers throughout their range, partnered with the World…

Photographs courtesy of Farid Belbachir/ZSL/OPNA A Wildlife Conservation Society-supported survey of the Sahara has captured the first camera-trap photographs of the critically endangered Saharan cheetah in Algeria. The photographs were taken as part of the first systematic camera trap survey across the central Sahara, covering an area of 2,800 square kilometres (1,081 square miles). "The…

Missing: 2,000 Elephants

 Photograph courtesy of Michael Nichols/National Geographic Magazine WCS reports that Chad’s Zakouma  elephant population may be down to 1,000, dropping 2/3 in just two years due to poaching The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has launched an urgent appeal to protect an isolated population of elephants in the Central African nation of Chad, where rampant, organized poaching has caused the number…

Text by Laura BuckleyPhotography Courtesy of Wildlife Conservation SocietyThere’s a new recipe for protecting the threatened African elephant: chili sauce. In recent years, African elephants have earned the nickname "the world’s largest garden pest" by gobbling up to 300 pounds of crops in a single day (read ADVENTURE’s award-winning feature about rogue elephants in Assam,…

Text by Mindy Zacharjasz The Republic of the Congo just gained a few more residents: An extensive Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) census found 125,000 western lowland gorillas in the area—that’s more than double the number of the critically endangered subspecies than scientists previously thought existed on Earth. "These figures show that northern Republic of Congo…

This summer, National Geographic Young Explorer grantee Trevor Frost will lead a six-week expedition to Gabon in search of undocumented caves, archaeological discoveries, amazing photographs, and underground kayaking. In addition to finding clues about life in the cradle of humankind, their efforts could help Gabon’s unexplored subterranean caves receive UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Follow…