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  • A Wildlife Crisis: Flying IvoryA Wildlife Crisis: Flying Ivory

    Sept. 26, 2016 -- The Indonesian Government is scheduled to propose a resolution at CITES Cop17 on Tuesday, Sept 27, to ask for stricter enforcement from all nations to prevent the helmeted hornbill from going extinct.

  • CITES CoP17: Conservationists Urge Immediate Action to End Poaching of Ploughshare TortoiseCITES CoP17: Conservationists Urge Immediate Action to End Poaching of Ploughshare Tortoise

    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - September 26, 2016 - Unless the government of Madagascar takes swift action to enforce international anti-poaching and anti-trafficking laws, the country’s largest tortoise—the ploughshare tortoise (or angonoka tortoise)—will likely go extinct in the wild within the next two years. 

  • 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.


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WCS Op-Eds and Blogs

September 23 - Darren Long: An Investor’s Perspective on Climate Change

Woven into the overarching climate change thesis is a growing recognition among scientists and practitioners that our natural ecosystems are fundamentally important to sustaining all life on earth.

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.


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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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