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News Bin - June 21, 2017

Jun 21, 2017 |

News Roundup

| by Brittany Pendergrass

Bringing you the latest news, information, and resources from around the web. In the June 21st edition, read more about the following:

  • Ancient Aztec temple and ball court discovered in Mexico City
  • Howler monkeys booming in Belize sanctuary 25 years after translocation
  • Communities banding together to protect El Salvador's last mangroves
  • Costa Rica seeking to improve medical tourism
  • 23 new sites added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves

Ancient Aztec Temple and Ball Court Discovered in Mexico City

In downtown Mexico City, Archaeologists found an ancient temple to the Aztec god of the wind as well as a court in which the Aztec’s played a ritual ball game. Discovered where a hotel stood, this temple is believed to be built between 1486 and 1502.

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Howler monkeys booming in Belize sanctuary 25 years after translocation

Tropical biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Scott Silver and his team reintroduced black howler monkeys, nearly two and a half decades ago to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Earlier this year the WCS and the Belize Audubon Society returned to the sanctuary to measure the effects of the translocation.

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Communities band together to protect El Salvador’s last mangroves

Over 80 countries have come together to help preserve this tiny but diverse countries mangroves. Without them, the Natural Resource Guards for the Mangrove Association say El Salvador would not have any water.

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Costa Rica seeking to improve medical tourism

Every year, thousands of people travel to Costa Rica to benefit from the availability of top notch and affordable medical care. In order to improve the quality and to meet the growing demand for Costa Rican medical services, the Costa Rican Chamber of Health was recently formed. This organization aims to “strengthen relations between state institutes and private medical companies to expand services and enhance the quality of medical products.”

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23 new sites added to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was designed to preserve peace and security to some of the world’s most important sites and places. This year, 23 new sites have been added.

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Photo by Ryan Poplin