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Monday, September 14, 2020
THE MAIN REFUGE OF DUNN’S MUD TURTLE IS IN BAJO BAUDÓ

This is one of the four species of endemic turtles in Colombia and one of the least studied. This region of Chocó, where in 2017 the creation of a protected zone was made official, would guarantee the future of this reptile, also known as ‘cabeza de trozo’, and in vulnerable condition due precisely to its reduced distribution. WCS Colombia and Turtle Survival Alliance will soon initiate a research in this region, to monitor its populations.

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Monday, September 14, 2020
FISH IN THE MAGDALENA-CAUCA BASIN EMIT SOUNDS TO LET FEMALES KNOW THAT IT IS TIME FOR REPRODUCTION

Research in the Magdalena-Cauca basin proves that through unique calls, perceptible to the human ear, the Magdalena River prochilodus or bocachico and the moino fish (or comelón) let females know that they are ready to fertilize their ovules and ensure the birth of new fish.  The research, led through hydroacoustic systems by Silvia López Casas, PhD in biology, supports new arguments for the establishment of conservation measures for these species.

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Monday, September 14, 2020
ZOONOTIC DISEASES, ANOTHER SERIOUS CONSEQUENCE OF WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

Besides the impact on biodiversity, wildlife trafficking increases the risk of zoonotic diseases that can be fatal and reflect the bond imbalance between humans and animals. Rabies, Psittacosis, Leishmaniasis, Leptospirosis, Brucellosis and Covid 19 are some of them. WCS Colombia is developing a program to mitigate illegal wildlife trade and, consequently, the surge of these infections which represent 75 percent of emerging diseases in humans.   

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Monday, September 14, 2020
‘I CONTINUE BELIEVING IN THE POWER OF SCIENCE AS A TRANSFORMING FORCE’

In September, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute celebrates the 25th anniversary of its foundation. This organization is in charge of investigating our natural resources, to contribute with their conservation and sustainable use. We talked with its Director, Hernando García, on the challenges he faces in these times of enormous pressures on paramos, forests and other strategic ecosystems. A fourth part of a century seems like a long time, but it can also be only the beginning.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020
IN EL TUPARRO NATIONAL NATURAL PARK, RESEARCHERS MONITOR THE POPULATION STATUS OF GAME ANIMALS FROM WHICH INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES BENEFIT

With the images gathered, researchers will make an analysis of the occupation of ungulates or hoofed mammals, as the tapir, to adapt environmental management measures in the protected area. The camera traps will give clues on the status of this type of fauna usually hunted, for food, by the ethnic groups that live in the protected area.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020
‘IT HAS BEEN AN ORGANIZED RESTORATION, LINKED WITH THE COMMUNITY, WHICH CAN BE REPLICATED IN OTHER COLOMBIAN PARAMOS’

Érika Nadachovsky, of the Regional Environmental Authority of Risaralda (Carder), talks of the recuperation of 258 hectares of paramo within Los Nevados National Natural Park, degraded by livestock farming, an initiative of the project ‘Proyecto Páramos Biodiversidad y Recursos Hídricos en los Andes del Norte’, financed by the European Union. Nine thousand native plants were planted, with the aim of restoring original paramo landscapes in part of the ecosystem.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020
A RETURN TO THEIR HABITATS IS NOT ALWAYS AN OPTION FOR TRAFFICKED FAUNA

The consequences of illegal traffic in animals extracted from forests or jungles in Colombia, are usually irreversible. Few can return to their habitats, because the physical abuse they receive inhibits their capacity to feed and fend for themselves and many lose their hunting instincts when they are domesticated. It is ironic, but the recovery of their freedom becomes a challenge that few can overcome. We learned about the attempts of the Reserve La Ñupana to rehabilitate species that have suffered this calamity and its efforts to set them free in the jungles of Guaviare. 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
THE TURTLES OF THE WORLD ARE IN TROUBLE

The scientific magazine Current Biology recently published that more than half of the planet’s 360 species of continental turtles and tortoises are in danger of extinction. After 400 thousand years of sharing space with mankind, they live their worst crisis due to illegal traffic that transforms them into pets, the use of their parts for the production of supposedly miracle drugs and the destruction of their habitats, among other threats. Germán Forero-Medina, Science Director of WCS Colombia, is coauthor of this global report and explains that in Latin America it is still possible to rescue them and prevent their disappearance.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
ONLY 15 PERCENT OF THE MOUNTAIN TAPIR’S HABITAT IN THE COUNTRY IS PROTECTED

Diego Lizcano, one of the Colombians that knows more about tapirs and especially Tapirus pinchaque, talks of the importance of this species that silently regenerates the vegetation of paramos and Andean forests of the country, amid deforestation processes that have it trapped and endangered

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
ABANDONMENT OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS, ANOTHER THREAT FOR WILDLIFE

In Caldas, 16 foxes of the Cerdocyon thous species perished, when they contracted Canine Distemper, an infectious and contagious disease very common among canines, which was transmitted by domestic dogs that had been abandoned by their owners.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
FOR THE FUTURE OF SHARKS AND RAYS, MEASURES TO AVOID ILLEGAL FISHING IN THE ARCHIPELAGO OF SAN ANDRÉS, PROVIDENCIA AND SANTA CATALINA SHOULD BE MAINTAINED

A study published in the Regional Studies in Marine Science journal indicates that the future of elasmobranchs in this region of the country depends largely on the fact that the authorities continue preventing the capture of these cartilaginous fish, as is done today. Giving a minimum opportunity to the extraction of these important marine animals, could put their sustainability at risk.

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Friday, May 29, 2020
BIOLOGICAL CORRIDORS ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SURVIVAL OF BEES

A research led by Catalina Gutiérrez, Country Director of WCS Colombia, proved that biological corridors, generally designed and implemented for vertebrates, also contribute to the preservation of bees, especially those that require forests to survive. Corridors provide them with food and places to build their nests and help them connect between populations. The study was conducted in the Barbas-Bremen Soil Conservation District in Quindío, Colombia.

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Friday, May 29, 2020
TOLIMA LAND OWNERS LEAD A REVOLUTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF WATER

The communities that form part of the project ‘Río Saldaña, una cuenca de vida’, are determined to protect this vital resource with the implementation of responsible practices at their farms, such as basic sanitation, management of organic waste and ecological restoration, leading to sustainable agriculture and livestock farming.

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Friday, May 29, 2020
A HARLEQUIN FROG THAT REAPPEARED AFTER ALMOST TWO DECADES OF ABSENCE HAS ITS REFUGE IN CHOACHÍ

In Choachí (Cundinamarca) Carlos Ríos, a man of peasant origin, dedicated his farm to the conservation of Atelopus lozanoi, an endemic harlequin frog that disappeared at the beginning of the century and was rediscovered in 2016. WCS joins Parques Nacionales de Colombia to support this conservation effort with monitoring, environmental education and productive projects.  

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Friday, May 29, 2020
A GROUP OF SPECIALISTS IS UPDATING THE RED LIST OF COLOMBIAN PLANTS

The Colombian Plant Specialist Group, led by Cristina López, biologist of Universidad de Antioquia, is working on the most updated Red List of Colombian Plants, with the purpose of implementing conservation plans. The project is endorsed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
THE REDISCOVERY OF A HARLEQUIN FROG BELIEVED EXTINCT

Biologists of Universidad del Tolima found a population of the harlequin frog Atelopus subornatus, that had not been seen in 24 years. The discovery is crucial, because the country has lost stable populations of at least 38 species of this genus. As part of its Strategy for the Conservation of Threatened Amphibians, WCS Colombia is supporting investigations to obtain population data and implement actions for its conservation

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
RESEARCHERS INSTALL ACOUSTIC TRANSMITTERS IN SOUTH AMERICAN RIVER TURTLES TO MONITOR THEIR MOVEMENTS IN THE META RIVER

Between Vichada and Arauca, one of the most important regions in the country for the reproduction of this species, WCS Colombia installed transmitters to a group of turtles to investigate their behavior and their movements along the Meta River.  Depending on the results, the application of more precise conservation strategies to help restrain the extinction of the reptile will be possible.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
DEFORESTATION INCREASED IN NATIONAL PROTECTED AREAS DURING THE POST-CONFLICT

A study published in the Scientific Reports magazine that analyzed the condition of 39 national protected areas, reveals that, in 31 of them, deforestation has grown 177 percent after the peace agreement was signed. The investigation was led by Nicola Clerici, professor at the Universidad del Rosario; Germán Forero, Science Director at WCS Colombia, participated. 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
WEB SITE GUIDES INTERNAUTS THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETS

A renewed and updated digital space informs on the scenarios where conflicts between development and conservation of natural resources can be settled, explains how to give an adequate use to biodiversity goods and advises on alternatives to obtain off-sets. It was developed by WCS Colombia with the support of the Santo Domingo Foundation.

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Friday, January 24, 2020
WETLANDS ARE CORROBORATED AS KEY ECOSYSTEMS FOR THE CONSERVATION OF THE JAGUAR

An investigation in which WCS Colombia participated highlights wetlands as important ecosystems for the subsistence of the felid, whose populations are greatly affected because deforestation and the expansion of agriculture and stockbreeding have deteriorated its habitat.

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Friday, January 24, 2020
THIS IS THE WORK TO BE DONE TO PREVENT THE EXTINCTION OF SOME FROG SPECIES

A team researches one of them, called Oophaga lehmanni, to reproduce it in captivity and reintroduce it to its habitat. Physically attractive due to its vivid colors, it is one of the most trafficked species.


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Friday, January 24, 2020
CREATION OF RESERVE FOR DAHL´S TOAD-HEADED TURTLE WILL ALSO INCLUDE RESTORATION OF DRY FORESTS AND EXPANSION OF WETLANDS IN SUCRE.

In a 120 hectare terrain, WCS Colombia, in cooperation with Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) y Rainforest Trust, will stimulate the healthy conservation and reproduction of the reptile, whose wild populations are isolated due to the deterioration of the dry forest, its main habitat.  The species Mesoclemmys dahli, as it is scientifically known, only lives in the Colombian Caribbean (endemic)

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Monday, January 20, 2020
EL GIGANTE (THE GIANT) IS A NEW PROTECTED AREA AND THE CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVE ITS CONSERVATION WILL ALSO BE GIGANTIC

This site, home to forests, birds, amphibians and mammals and source of water for several aqueducts in Salamina (Caldas), faces deforestation and agricultural pressure. WCS Colombia included it as priority area during the identification of the Main Ecological Structure of the Northern Subregion of this department and as part of a contract with the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Caldas (Corpocaldas).

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Newsletter WCS Colombia - July
WCS Colombia shares a new edition of the newsletter "En Terreno".

It includes news on reforestation activities carried out in Vichada within the scope of the Wildlife Project, and information on the "Training Center" available at the website of  emerging environmental markets in Colombia.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY SEEKS TO EMPLOY A REGIONAL WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING COORDINATOR

The Wildlife Conservation Society seeks to employ a regional wildlife trafficking coordinator to manage a growing portfolio of projects in the region that address this challenge and to provide expertise to country programs in the areas of law enforcement and the dismantling of trafficking networks. 

 

The objective of this position is to support the long-term conservation of wildlife species through strengthening our response in Latin America to the illegal trade in - and demand for - wildlife and wildlife products. 

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Thursday, September 17, 2015
A TOUR OF SHARING EXPERIENCES IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF BOLIVAR (VAUCA VALLEY)

This was a series of visits where the exchange of knowledge and experiences by owners of different properties, led to the sharing of various experiences regarding the implementation and management of the privately owned reserves. The reason hereof is that the education and training of so-called "local actors" is critical to the success of any project. All of this took place in line with the 073 agreement from 2014 signed between WCS and the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Valle del Cauca (CVC).

This tour of sharing experiences resulted in an excellent environment to motivate different landowners, and served as a basis for enriching ideas on how to manage farm estates. 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Recognizing the key role ofColombia for the conservation of South American freshwater turtles andtortoises, and the imminent threat that many of these species face, the TSAlaunched a new Colombian program in July 2012.  This program is possible due to a collaborativeagreement between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the TSA, and willexpand a model partnership that has already proved effective in Myanmar andChina.

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