Wildlife Conservation Network

WCN is dedicated to protecting endangered species & their habitats by supporting innovative strategies for people & wildlife to co-exist & thrive.

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Sharks are one of the most misunderstood species, thanks to the horror flick Jaws, which did very little justice to the true nature of this ancient, mysterious apex predator of the oceans. There are over 400 different shark species, from whale sharks, (the largest fish in the sea) to nurse sharks. Sharks also have a keen sense of smell that enables them to smell a single drop of blood in a million drops of water! As shark lovers, we're proud to support the work of our partners at @maralliance as they find solutions to protect this intelligent species. An estimated 73 millions sharks are killed each year due to illegal fishing practices and shark finning. To learn more about MarAlliance, visit our website - the link is in our bio.

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Grevy's zebra are one of three species of zebra - the others are plains and mountain zebras. They've undergone one of the most substantial reductions in range of any African mammal. Originally found widely through the Horn of Africa, today they are confined to Ethiopia and Kenya. Grevy's zebras are in crisis but our partners at @grevyszebratrust are on the scene working strategically to protect this remarkable species of equid. You can donate to Grevy's Zebra Trust via our website - the link is in our bio. Photo by Suzi Eszterhas

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Andean cats are kind of like unicorns. There has only been 10 recorded sightings in the past 25 years that conservationists have been studying them. Our partners at the Alianza Gato Andino - Andean Cat Alliance (AGA) surmount incredible challenges every day to unearth the mysteries surrounding this gorgeous feline. Most AGA staff have never laid eyes on an Andean cat. Yet to them it represents all that is wild and beautiful in the Andes. AGA was the first to capture and radio collar an Andean cat and uses its increasing knowledge of the cat for conservation education and the growth of protected areas. To support this program, visit our website - the link is in our bio. #andeancats

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Filming a snow leopard can be nearly impossible. Their elevated, freezing mountain environment is no place for humans to fit into comfortably and having the patience to find one is a whole other hurdle altogether. Hear the story from two experienced photographers in the recent newsletter from our partners at the @snowleopardconservancy Visit their Facebook to read the story. Photo by Eric Ash #snowleopards #bigcats #bigcatsofig #wildlife #conservation #wildlifephotography

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In the past few decades, the world’s giraffe population has dropped by almost 40%, leaving less than 100,000 individuals. At last year's Fall Expo, our guest speakers from @giraffe_conservation spoke about their work saving this iconic species from a silent extinction. Follow their page to see what they're doing to help save these beautiful animals. Photo by Julian Fennessy #giraffe #conservation #wildlife #wildlifephotography

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The world of small wild cats is full of mystery and intrigue. For instance, are you familiar with the African Golden Cat? They are Africa’s least studied wild cat species, due to their elusive nature and because of their habitat preference for the dense Equatorial forests of Africa, making them harder to study. Go follow @smallwildcats to get more small wild cat updates! #cats #smallcats #wildcats #wildlife #conservation #wildlifephotography

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THANK YOU to our friends at @eschocolate for their incredibly generous donation to the @elephantcrisisfund, a dynamic conservation effort that funds projects around the world to save elephants and stop the ivory trade. Their generosity has made the New Year sweeter for elephants (and us!) Join them and "Indulge in a Cause"—gift yourself or your friends & family with Endangered Species Chocolate and help protect wildlife! Photo by Susan McConnell

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Wishing you a warm and happy holiday season from all of us at WCN! Thank you so much for all that you do for wildlife. Photo by Susan McConnell #lion #lion #bigcats #wildlife #wildlifephotography #conservation

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Elephants use their tusks for a variety of tasks. Not only do they make formidable weapons when defending against potential predators or in battles against other elephants, but they are also incredibly important in helping elephants forage for food, strip tree barks, and move things out of the way. Male elephants also use their tusks to attract the attention of females in their elaborate displays during mating season. Sadly, elephant tusks are the most sought after form of "ivory" due to its texture, softness, and lack of tough outer coating of enamel. Your support can help us reverse this alarming trend and change the future for these gentle mammals. Visit our partners @elephantcrisisfund and @savetheelephants today. Photo by Frank af Petersens

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Happy #MonkeyDay! We're celebrating with what we all like to call "The cutest little monkey," the cotton-top tamarin. These charming little primates are endemic to Colombia, meaning you can't find them anywhere else in the world. Cotton-tops live happily in family groups in the treetops, but their forest home has been threatened by human development. Proyecto Titi (@proyectotiti) works closely with local farmers and cattle ranchers to preserve land for cotton-tops. #cottontops #monkeys #wildlife #wildlifephotography #conservation

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Spectacled bears make their home in the dense Andean jungles of South America, and is the continent’s only bear species. These intensely shy animals live on the slopes of the Andes, climbing as high as 14,000 feet! Follow our partners @sbcperu to learn more about these charming bears and what is being done to save them. Photo by SBC #spectacledbears #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography

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Macaw numbers worldwide have been plummeting for many years and Costa Rica is no different. Formerly present over 85% of the country, there are now two main isolated populations of scarlet macaws remaining in Costa Rica. While great green macaws have recovered slightly thanks to intensive conservation efforts, their total population is still low. For over thirty years, @araproject.proyectoara has been a leader in the rescue and the release of macaws in Costa Rica. Photo by Ara Project #macaws #greatgreenmacaws #scarletmacaws #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography

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Happy International Cheetah Day! The world's fastest land mammal is an anatomical masterpiece, built from head to toe for maximum speed and admired the world over. But these iconic cats need our help. Threats of habitat loss, the pet trade, and conflicts with humans are putting their numbers at risk. Luckily, our partners at @ccfcheetah and @cheetahconservationbotswana are hard at work every day protecting these spotted beauties. Click the link in our bio to find out how YOU can help! Photo by Ken and Michelle Dyball #cheetah #cheetahs #cheetahconservation #internationalcheetahday #wildlife #wildlifephotography

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Trivia question of the day: There are three species of zebra besides Grevy's zebra, what are the other two? Learn more about the great work of our partners at @grevyszebratrust Photo by Suzi Eszterhas #grevyszebra #zebra #zebras #wildlife #conservation #wildlifephotography

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African wild dogs, also known as painted dogs, used to live all across Africa. Impacted by poaching, road kills, and mining and logging that destroy habitat, only 6,600 dogs are thought to remain. @painted_dog_conservation works closely with local people to develop an appreciation for the dogs and the value of conservation. Learn more in their presentation from the 2017 Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo. Link is in our bio. Photo by Susan McConnell #africanwilddogs #painteddogs #conservation #wildlife #wildlifephotography

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Snow leopard fans, did you know that like the cheetah and the puma, snow leopards too cannot roar? Instead, they communicate with each other through unique puffing sounds called "chuffing." Our partners at @snowleopardconservancy dedicate their time and efforts toward protecting these stunning cats so that we can continue to be amazed by their beauty, stealth, intelligence and grace for generations to come. Photo by Eric Ash #snowleopards #bigcats #bigcatsofig #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography

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The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) has played an instrumental role in helping the people of Ethiopia learn about and protect the rare and unique Ethiopian wolf, a special animal that lives only in their country. Click the link in the bio to check out a full presentation from our 2017 Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo where Dr. Jorgelina Marino discusses what it will take to save them. Photo by EWCP #ethiopianwolf #ethiopia #africa #wildlife #conservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation

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At one time saiga antelope lived alongside mammoths and saber toothed tigers. Today they are found in much smaller ranges in the Eurasian steppes. Saigas have the unfortunate distinction of having the fastest decline ever recorded for a mammal species, losing nearly 95% of their population between the early 1990s to 2005 from poaching for their meat and horns. There is hope though as saiga populations recover quickly and with help from our partners at @saiga_conservation, this ancient species will continue to survive. To support SCA, visit wildnet.org/sca Photo by Pavel Sorokin #saiga #wildlife #conservation #antelope #wildlifephotography #endangeredspecies

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A recent study by shark researcher Dr. Alastair Harry reveals that, as suspected by many scientists, a considerable number of shark (and ray/skate) species live significantly longer than previously thought making them potentially much more vulnerable to overexploitation. Species longevity is a key criteria that needs to be taken into account in the management of threats to shark populations. Visit our partners at @maralliance to learn more about sharks and rays. Photo by Predrag Vuckovic #sharks #rays #marineanimals #wildlife #wildlifephotography #endangeredspecies #conservation #wildlifeconservation

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Our partners at @ewasolions are celebrating an incredible milestone this week — their 10 year anniversary! 10 years protecting lions and supporting local communities in Samburu. 10 years working towards a future of peaceful co-existence between lions and people. We're so honored and proud to support Ewaso Lions on this journey. Follow their page to hear how they began over the next 10 days! #10yearsin10days Photo by Susan McConnell #lion #lions #wildlifephotography #bigcats #bigcatsofig #endangeredspecies

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Male Adélie penguins begin the breeding season early by starting on the nest that eventually both partners will work on together. Both parents will take turns sitting on the eggs to keep them warm and safe for about 35-37 days. After hatching, the chicks will stay with their parents for about three weeks until the they're able to be left alone with a large group of other youngsters. The young penguins can swim on their own in about nine weeks. Photo by Susan McConnell. #adeliepenguins #penguins #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #climatechange #wildlifephotography

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Painted dogs are intensely social animals that live in packs as small as a pair or as large as 30 dogs, though a minimum of six dogs are necessary to successfully hunt and breed. The female has a litter of 2 to 20 pups, which are cared for by the entire pack. Pack allegiance, such as pups getting first feed at a kill or members caring for the sick and injured, is an integral part of pack survival. Learn more about how our partners are creating a safer future for these unique animals at @painted_dog_conservation Photo by: Susan McConnell #painteddogs #africanwilddog #wilddogs #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation

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Today is WORLD OKAPI DAY! Yet another reason to celebrate the beautiful okapi and our friends at the Okapi Conservation Project (@okapiconservation), for their critical work in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to save this shy, elusive animal; the okapi can only be found in the DRC! #wildlifewednesday #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography

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Fishing cats are known as master anglers, the apex predator of Colombo, Sri Lanka for their ability to maneuver through the wetlands and hunt for their prey with ease. But in Colombo, the wetlands run right through an urban sprawl and remarkably, the fishing cats are finding ways to fit into this strange new environment. Learn about the work of @UrbanFishingCat on their brand new website. Link in their bio! Photo by Neville Buck #fishingcat #wildcats #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography

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Happy #worldanimalday! Thank you for your support and passion - it keeps us inspired to do what we do! #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation #conservation #seahorse #marine #ocean

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Great green macaws are an iconic species, being immortalized in images of pirates and warm tropical vacation dreams. But these beautiful birds are in trouble, losing over half of their global population in the past fifty years due to poaching, deforestation of their habitat, and the wild bird trade. At the Wildlife Conservation Expo 2017, Dr. Sam Williams from @araproject.proyectoara will be speaking about their work being done to save macaws. Photo by: Ara Project

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THANK YOU @LeonardoDiCaprio and the @LeonardoDiCaprioFdn for your incredibly generous commitment of $1 million to the @LionRecovery Fund, a joint initiative between WCN and LDF. With just over 20,000 lions left, your support will help us protect these majestic felines and bring them back from the brink. Photo by: Susan McConnell #lion #lions #bigcats #bigcatsofig #lionrecoveryfund #savelions #cecilthelion #endangeredspecies #wildlife #wildlifeconservation

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A resurgence of interest in rhino horn has also seen a resurgence of poaching in Africa. In the past ten years alone, we've lost more than 7,000 rhinos in Africa. Celebrate #WorldRhinoDay by learning more in our latest blog: bit.ly/2xnFLm Photo by: Susan McConnell #rhino #rhinos #wildlife #conservation #endangeredspecies

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Grevy's zebras can be distinguished from plains and mountain zebras with many identifiable features such as large rounded ears, narrower stripes, a white belly, and a light muzzle. Our partners at @grevyszebratrust in Kenya conserve the endangered Grevy’s zebra and its fragile habitat in partnership with local communities to provide a bright future for everybody. Photo by: Suzi Eszterhas #grevyszebra #zebra #africa #wildlife #conservation #wildlifewednesday #wildlifephotography

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Nicknamed the "scaly anteater," the pangolin is the only mammal completely covered in scales. Unfortunately, the pangolin is also the #1 most trafficked mammal. Help us save these cute scaly creatures by supporting our up and coming partners, @savepangolinsofficial. Photo copyrighted by Darren Pietersen #pangolins #pangolin #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography

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