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Feral pigs, vampire bats, and infectious diseases in rural Brazil

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Feral pigs, vampire bats, and infectious diseases in rural Brazil
(March 23, 2017)   -   A new study examines the impacts of invasive feral pigs, a favorite prey of vampire bats, on ecosystems in rural Brazil. The distribution of feral pigs — which are also known as wild boars, or “javali” in Portuguese, and are actually the same species as the domestic pig (Sus scrofa) — has increased five-fold since they were first recorded in Brazil in 2007.A group of Brazilian researchers found that not only might populations of vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) explode as...

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Scientists Produce a New Roadmap For Guiding Development & Conservation Efforts in the Amazon

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Scientists Produce a New Roadmap For Guiding Development & Conservation Efforts in the Amazon
(December 23, 2016)   -   New river basin classification will help safeguard region’s biodiversity and monitor infrastructure developmeScientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the Nature Conservancy, and several partners in Brazil and Peru have produced a geographic information system (GIS) “roadmap” to help guide conservation efforts at large scale in the Amazon River basin, a region roughly the size of the United States.The new spatial framework—created with several major data sets a...

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Vampire Bats and Feral Pigs: A Bad Combination for Wildlife and People

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Vampire Bats and Feral Pigs: A Bad Combination for Wildlife and People
(November 18, 2016)   -   A camera trap survey conducted by WCS and other groups to survey wildlife in rural locations in Brazil’s Atlantic forest and Pantanal regions produced a big surprise: the unexpected frequency of vampire bats feeding on both wildlife and livestock in both areas. 

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WCS Brazil Launches Pantanal Science to Bridge Gap Between Researchers & Communities

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WCS Brazil Launches Pantanal Science to Bridge Gap Between Researchers & Communities
(August 19, 2016)   -   Seeking to bridge the gap between scientists and the public, WCS Brazil and its collaborators have published Ciência Pantanal (Pantanal Science), a new scientific journal designed to inform rural communities of the latest in environmental studies and issues.

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WCS Brasil offers training in Large Scales Wildlife Monitoring

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WCS Brasil offers training in Large Scales Wildlife Monitoring
(October 26, 2015)   -   The Wildlife Conservation Society, in partnership with Proteus Wildlife Research Consultants and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, with support from the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, is proud to offer the following training opportunity:Cost-effective wildlife monitoring at large scales: Introduction to site-occupancy and mark-recapture methods.Course dates & Location: 15-20 February, 2016. Manaus or Novo Airão.For more information please click on the f...

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WCS Brazil Pantanal/Cerrado team received the Ecology and Environmentalism Award from the City Council of Campo Grande

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WCS Brazil Pantanal/Cerrado team received the Ecology and Environmentalism Award from the City Council of Campo Grande
(June 12, 2015)   -   In recognition of their long-term efforts to protect the headwaters and floodplain of the Pantanal wetlands and bordering Cerrado, the WCS Brazil Pantanal/Cerrado team received the Ecology and Environmentalism Award from the City Council of Campo Grande. The award ceremony took place at the "Camera Municipal" (city hall) of Campo Grande on Wednesday evening, June 10, 2015. Campo Grande is the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul state and the gateway to the Pantanal wetlands of central-w...

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