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  • WCS Applauds Lao PDR for Committing to Shut Down Commercial Tiger FarmsWCS Applauds Lao PDR for Committing to Shut Down Commercial Tiger Farms

    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – (September 23, 2016) – Lao PDR’s announced a decision at CITES CoP17 to end the practice of breeding tigers for commercial purposes.

  • WCS Joins Manhattan DA and NYS DEC Commissioner to Announce Historic Ivory BustWCS Joins Manhattan DA and NYS DEC Commissioner to Announce Historic Ivory Bust

    New York, NY (Sept 22, 2016) – Man. District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) Commissioner Basil Seggos, and Wildlife Conser- vation Society (“WCS”) Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli, today announced the indictment of an antiques store, its owners, and a salesperson for selling and offering for sale illegal elephant ivory worth more than $4.5 million.

  • WCS Applauds Passage of END Wildlife Trafficking Act by U.S. CongressWCS Applauds Passage of END Wildlife Trafficking Act by U.S. Congress

    WASHINGTON (September 21, 2016) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) applauded the U.S. Congress's passage of the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act today. The bill now moves on to the White House for the president’s signature.

  • Caspian terns discovered nesting 1,000 miles farther to the north than ever recorded in Alaska Caspian terns discovered nesting 1,000 miles farther to the north than ever recorded in Alaska

    (Fairbanks, AK  September 21, 2016)  WCS reported today that in the late summer of 2016, a WCS field team led by Dr. Trevor Haynes monitored Caspian tern chicks through to fledging in Cape Krusenstern National Monument in Alaska. This discovery of Caspian terns breeding above the Arctic Circle in the Chukchi Sea is nearly 1,000 miles farther north than previously recorded – a strikingly large jump in the range of nesting for this (or any) species. 

  • Senate Passes National Bison Day ResolutionSenate Passes National Bison Day Resolution

    WASHINGTON (Sept. 21, 2016) – The fourth time is the charm for the American bison – our national mammal – as the U.S. Senate for the fourth time in four years agreed to a resolution designating National Bison Day as the first Saturday in November, which falls this year on November 5th.


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WCS Op-Eds and Blogs

September 21 - Conservation Without Charisma: Envisioning a Future with More Bug Love

Invertebrates hold a very important place in food webs, acting as a critical link to transfer the energy contained at the bottom of the food chain up to higher organisms.

September 20 - Fish-Spawning Aggregations Should Be Considered for Key Biodiversity Areas

Protection of spawning sites and/or seasons has been part of the conservation planning in WCS focal sites from Fiji to Belize, protecting not only the ecosystems but also the productivity of local fisheries.

September 19 - The Kwita Izina Mountain Gorilla Naming Ceremony

This year, Rwanda's mountain gorilla naming ceremony, Kwita Izina, capped off an entire week of conservation that brought together members of the conservation and tourism sectors.


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The Bison: The WCS Storytelling Project

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The Wonders of the WCS NY Aquarium: An Ongoing Picture Blog

Sept 23, 2016

The installation of the precast concrete panels is almost complete on the Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exterior. The next major milestone will be the installation of the steel framework that will eventually hold the building’s Shimmer Wall a beautiful piece of kinetic artwork which will span 1,100 feet and wrap the outside of the building with 30,000 movable aluminum tiles.


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