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16 Oct, 3 tweets, 3 min read
The snout that helped sawfish survive 60 million years and outlive dinosaurs now imperils them. They are vulnerable to being entangled in fishing gear.

They are also caught in the mistaken belief that their meat holds particular medicinal value. #InternationalSawfishDay

WCS Bangladesh is actively working to debunk myths about sawfish, write WCS’s Jamia Rahman Khan Tisa & Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur @Medium. bit.ly/34YDrmI

They use popular radio shows, interactive exhibits, & brochures. They also provide instructions for safe release.

PNG is also an important site for sawfish conservation.

There, with @WCSPNG, 100+ communities in New Ireland Province have established a network of marine protected areas. Lots of local outreach is also being done about the need to preserve sawfish. bit.ly/2IEo7Ez


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29 Sep
COMMENTARY: If we are to minimize species loss and collapse in ecosystem function, we must do all we can to support Indigenous Peoples’ rights & their efforts to protect their lands & waters, write WCS’s David Wilkie, @sslieberman, & @cyclonewatson. 1/10

Why? Decisions Indigenous Peoples have made over generations have done more to protect species and ecological systems than all the protected areas established and managed by individual countries combined. bit.ly/2SbAIAq Image
Today, it’s estimated that 36% of remaining intact forests lie within Indigenous Peoples lands. Further reason we are working with these groups today at #NatureForLife on #LocalAction and every day. wcs.org/nature-for-lif… #ForNature #ClimateChange Image
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Even 135 yrs after Louis Pasteur successfully vaccinated against rabies, this preventable but deadly viral disease remains one of most neglected in developing world.
Its greatest burden falls on poor rural communities and especially on children in Africa & Asia. #WorldRabiesDay
Since rabid domestic dogs are the cause of 99% of global deaths from rabies in humans, dog vaccination, coupled with education and control of feral dog populations, is the key to fighting this devastating disease. 2/
Since rabies also severely affects endangered wildlife species such as the Ethiopian wolf and African wild dogs, vaccination of domestic dogs at the landscape level by veterinarians also contributes to the conservation of these unique animal species. 3/
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Majority of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic—they jump from wildlife to people. Key to addressing this: our interactions, exploitation, and destruction of nature.

NOW: Christian Walzer of @WcsHealth will be speaking at #NatureForLife Hub. Watch live on our Facebook. Image
At WCS, our policy recommends stopping all commercial trade in wildlife for human consumption (particularly of birds and mammals) and closing all such markets.

Read more: bit.ly/32YGaNm #NatureForLife Image
Also: we have to acknowledge that outbreaks are inevitable as the interfaces between wildlife and humans increase, primarily due to deforestation and agricultural expansion, as WCS's Christian Walzer wrote in @FrontiersIn yesterday. doi.org/10.3389/fvets.… #NatureForLife Image
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24 Sep
Intact forests are one of the most powerful and cost-effective solutions we have to combat #ClimateChange.

At 9 am ET, join us live to kick off #NatureForLife Hub as experts talk #NatureForClimate. bit.ly/33V9V0H
Nature-based solutions can provide up to 30% percent of the action needed by 2030 to keep global temperature rise below 2°C. #NatureForLife #ClimateChange Image
Intact forests are estimated to absorb 1/4 of total global carbon pollution annually, but we're losing them far too rapidly. #NatureForLife Image
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A #Turtle with a Permanent Smile was Brought Back from #Extinction | by @RachelNuwer & @nytimes

“If we didn’t intervene when we did," WCS's Steven G. Platt tells the paper of the Burmese roofed turtle, "this turtle would have just been gone.”

By the mid-20th century, threats like overfishing and overharvesting of eggs had driven the species to the brink. Image
The recovery effort, led by @WCSMyanmar, @TurtleSurvival and Myanmar Forest Department, involves:

👉Monitoring nesting sites
👉Collecting and incubating eggs
👉Head starting hatchlings to give them the best chance of success.
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A lot going on this #WorldElephantDay2020.

With Bauchi state govt, @WCS_Nigeria marks 0 elephants poached in Yankari Game Reserve since 2015. Image
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