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Sep 29, 2020 10 tweets 6 min read
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

news.mongabay.com/2020/09/protec… 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
Sep 28, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
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/
Sep 24, 2020 7 tweets 6 min read
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
Sep 24, 2020 6 tweets 4 min read
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
Sep 3, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
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.”

nytimes.com/2020/09/03/sci… By the mid-20th century, threats like overfishing and overharvesting of eggs had driven the species to the brink. Image
Aug 12, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
A lot going on this #WorldElephantDay2020.

With Bauchi state govt, @WCS_Nigeria marks 0 elephants poached in Yankari Game Reserve since 2015. Image A new infographic from WCS Tanzania team on how they are protecting elephants. @TimRBDavenport, @smarkestz Image
Aug 9, 2020 8 tweets 4 min read
This #IndigenousPeoplesDay, densely populated urban areas have garnered most of the media attention and public health response. What has been largely ignored is the impact of #COVID19 on Indigenous Peoples, writes WCS's David Wilkie.


medium.com/communities-fo… First, Indigenous Peoples are at high risk of dying from the disease should they get it. This is because Indigenous Peoples tend to be:

👉geographically isolated
👉politically marginalized
👉economically insecure
👉neglected by national public health services

Jul 22, 2020 8 tweets 5 min read
NEWS: We have a new picture of the state of reef sharks.

After nearly 400 reefs sampled across 58 nations, @globalfinprint global reef shark & ray survey is in. Results are a sobering reminder that we must act now. go.nature.com/2ONoOeo

1/8 Image Why? Conservation of reef #sharks is crucial. They are vital predators keeping important coral reef ecosystems in balance. (below from Belize)

Jul 17, 2020 7 tweets 3 min read
New study: global population will peak sooner than expected.

Could be 2 billion below UN forecasts by 2100, writes @theguardian.


theguardian.com/world/2020/jul… Good urbanization is key to this, say WCS’s @JoeWalston_WCS, @ewsanderson, and @wildcons.

In their landmark paper, From Bottleneck to Breakthrough, they highlight how cities lead people to choose to have smaller families.


Jul 8, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
NEWS: We've just released the first-known camera trap shots of Cross River gorillas with a group of babies. It's a promising sign for the world's rarest gorilla: bit.ly/322zOwx @WCS_Nigeria Image This success is largely due to support and commitment of local community partners.

"I am very happy," said Otu Gabriel Ocha, head chief of nearby village. "Shows that our conservation efforts in partnership with @WCS_Nigeria are yielding fruits."

More: bit.ly/322zOwx ImageImage
Jul 6, 2020 9 tweets 7 min read
Today is #WorldZoonosesDay.

Zoonotic diseases result from pathogens jumping between animals and humans. Think rabies, lyme disease, West Nile virus, HIV, Ebola, #COVID19.

As #COVID19 ravages our communities, we all understand the impact they can have. #EndTheTrade (1/9) Image Between 1940 and 2004, more than 335 emerging infectious disease outbreaks, involving 183 distinct pathogens, were reported worldwide. More than 50 per decade.

Today, the rate of disease emergence is increasing. #WorldZoonosesDay (2/9) Image
Jun 17, 2020 9 tweets 5 min read
NEWS: Wildlife supply chains for human consumption increase coronaviruses’ spillover risk to people, a new study co-authored by @TheWCS has found. bit.ly/2YFjKxg

Why is this important?

1/9 Image Majority of new infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning they move between animals and people. Most of these since 1940s (like Ebola, HIV, and SARS) have come from wildlife.

The frequency that these novel diseases are emerging is increasing. #COVID19

Jun 8, 2020 9 tweets 9 min read
More than 70% of planet. Untold biodiversity. Food for over a billion. 100s of millions of jobs. It's so important we take care of our ocean.

For #WorldOceansDay2020, our team around the globe has shared hopes for the future: bit.ly/2MAGWXJ Image From Fiji: We must come together around a new vision for our ocean, says @smangubhai of @wcsfiji. The old norm does not work. "We see inequity widening all over the world." #WorldOceansDay2020
May 22, 2020 8 tweets 6 min read
This #BiodiversityDay, we are facing 3 global crises: #climatechange, #biodiversity loss, and a #pandemic crisis.

At the core, all 3 are about our destructive relationship with nature. Hope for solving them is the same, too: we must halt environmental degradation. (1/8) Image Today, a new @TheWCS report shows the more we modify nature, the more likely we are to cause zoonotic spillovers.

Activities like land conversion & wildlife trade & consumption in areas of high biodiversity increase contact rates w/wildlife & raise risk. bit.ly/2ZAniCS Image
May 4, 2020 8 tweets 6 min read
On Oct 25, 2019, @TheWCS joined w/ @NielsAnnen @GermanyDiplo and others with an URGENT call—The Berlin Principles—for a united effort to prevent future #zoonotic pandemics: bit.ly/3c7KX16

It was urgent before #COVID19 and definitely urgent now. Image Then on Jan 22, @TheWCS issued first statement on #COVID19: bit.ly/2W0FZgY

Called for:
➡️Closure of live animal markets that trade in wildlife
➡️Strengthening efforts to combat trafficking of wild animals
➡️Change dangerous wildlife consumption behaviors, esp. in cities
Apr 15, 2020 12 tweets 6 min read
Happening now: WCS's Christian Walzer is testifying at virtual US Congressional caucus briefing on wildlife trade, origins of #COVID19, and preventing future #pandemics. Presented by @TheICCFGroup.

Watch: Updated link:

Tune in now. And follow this chain for live updates.
Apr 7, 2020 4 tweets 4 min read
We created the conditions that led to the current #pandemic, writes WCS’s Dr. Christian Walzer for @ensiamedia.

We reduced natural boundaries between humans and wild animals. bit.ly/34gLwm2 #WorldHealthDay

1/4 Spillovers like #COVID19 are likely to become regular occurrences unless we, as a world community, elect to change.

Mar 3, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
1. A rare giant pangolin was recently seized from poachers in Congo. These are among the most trafficked mammals in the world. bit.ly/3cuRsLV #WorldWildlifeDay2020 Image 2. This young female was found with a bag stuck to her scales. The rescue team including @wcs_congo was able to remove it.
Mar 2, 2020 6 tweets 4 min read
1. There are a number of rumors circulating about #COVID19 #coronavirus. We want to help you sort through the #infodemic. Here’s what we know and what we don’t at this point.

Also, @TheWCS updates: bit.ly/2RyFSXJ 2. Rumor: #COVID19 was manufactured in lab in 🇨🇳 or 🇺🇸

Reality: Evidence says it’s naturally occurring zoonotic disease that spilled over from wildlife. Likely from market in #Wuhan. W/species packed together, markets=ideal for new viruses to emerge. WCS’s Dr. Christian Walzer:
Feb 12, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
THREAD: Dr. Aili Kang, @TheWCS Asia exec director, is encouraged by #China moving to revise and strengthen its Law of Wild Animal Protection.

It’s an important step to preventing future zoonotic outbreaks like #COVID19 #coronavirus.

@ChinaDaily: bit.ly/2UKioRr (1/4) Dr. Kang: “The Huanan seafood market in #Wuhan provided a 'unique environment' for the new virus."

She said online photos showed that different species of wildlife were crowded in a confined and damp area at the market without ventilation. (2/4)
Feb 5, 2020 5 tweets 4 min read
🧵: It’s the 30th birthday of Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve—the largest reserve in Central America.

It covers 19% of Guatemala at the heart of one of Mesoamerica’s #5GreatForests. “It’s a model of community conservation,” says Roan McNab, director of WCS Guatemala.

1/5 Image Over the past 10 years, 380,000 acres of forest in the MBR have been recovered from ranchers illegally occupying land in the reserve.

Also, in the eastern MBR’s largest forest block, #reforestation outpaced deforestation for the first time in history between 2016 and 2017.

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