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July 2011

Wildlife Caught in the Crossroads
PHOTO CONTEST

Win a Free Trip to Peru

Photo Contest
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

To celebrate the launch of its new Photography Tour segment, Rainforest Expeditions, operator of three Amazon lodges, invites passionate photographers to enter its Photographic Workshops Nature Photography Contest.

Contest winners will receive a free trip to Tambopata, Peru, including airfare, to participate in a 7-day, 6-night photography expedition at Rainforest Expeditions' three properties. This ecotourism company hosts more than 15,000 guests a year at its lodges in Madidi-Tambopata, a protected area complex where WCS has worked since the 1990s. The organization has won several international awards due to their commitment to conservation and sustainability.


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STAFF PICK
A Monkey's Self-Portrait

Monkey self portrait
©David Slater
The fact that an award-winning photographer captured an award-worthy shot while visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia won't raise too many eyebrows. But photographer David Slater isn't taking credit for the stunning close-up of the crested black macaque. That's because the macaque snapped it himself. See the amazing photos starring this highly dexterous – and critically endangered – monkey in this blog post from New Scientist.
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Sudan Migration
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Safe Passages
Caught in the Crossroads
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Watch Caught in the Crossroads

Hear about the life-and-death struggles that took place one morning this spring in Northern Cambodia, where a group of shy forest denizens have found their world changed by a single, muddy road.


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Food, water, shelter, and the freedom to roam – these are the fundamental needs of wildlife. But the ever-expanding human footprint has fragmented wildlife habitats and made it increasingly difficult to navigate the path to survival. Something as simple as a new road can threaten the future of an entire population by cutting off access to an essential food supply or by providing poachers a direct route to wildlife.

Our new Safe Passages microsite details the vivid stories of wild animals around the world coping with these struggles – and the conservationists who are helping them to find a way forward. You'll also find a simple way for you to help ensure safe passage for wildlife. Visit the site, then ask Congress to save funding for international conservation programs that protect critical wildlife corridors.

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RUN UPDATE
Thousands Run to Save Penguins

Penguins
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

At the WCS Run for the Wild in April, some 6,500 runners and walkers raised money to support WCS's work to save Magellanic penguins and other imperiled wildlife around the globe. The event was a "wild" success, with participants raising more than $350,000!

Penguins need all the help they can get. These tuxedoed birds are too often struggling to survive due to pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Recently they've also been plagued by a mysterious feather-loss syndrome that leaves chicks without their insulating coats for several weeks, decreasing their chances to grow into healthy adults.

But WCS researcher Dee Boersma is happy to report that the penguins of Punta Tombo, Argentina – the world's largest colony of Magellanics – are out to sea until early September. And because the region experienced a warm spell earlier this year, many of the featherless chicks managed to survive, eventually growing in their juvenile plumes before leaving shore.

PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Fast Food

Photo of the Month
Julie Larsen Maher
©WCS


Taken from a boat on the Kazinga Channel in Uganda, this picture recently won first place in USAID's Frontlines Environment Photo Contest. (You can view the top ten winners here.)

WCS Staff Photographer Julie Larsen Maher describes her award-winning shot: "The hammerkop spent a long time with his prey. It looked more a like a ritual dance, as the bird tossed the lizard high in the air, and caught it again and again. I set my camera on the fastest frames-per-second and caught the shot."

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