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  • A Statement Concerning Corruption Released from CITES Cop17 in Johannesburg, SA

    Sept. 28 2016 -- The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society with the adoption by the CITES Parties of the resolution:  PROHIBITING, PREVENTING AND COUNTERING CORRUPTION FACILITATING ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED IN VIOLATION OF THE CONVENTION


  • Boo at the Zoo: Thirteen Days of HalloweenBoo at the Zoo: Thirteen Days of Halloween

    Bronx, NY – September 28, 2016 – One of New York City’s most cherished traditions returns this weekend with Boo at the Zoo: Thirteen Days of Halloween at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo. Each weekend in October – including the Rosh Hashanah and Columbus Day holidays – will feature family-friendly, not-so-scary seasonal programming that combines traditional Halloween activities with the Bronx Zoo’s resident wildlife.

  • Three Men Selling a Tiger Skin Arrested in West Lampung, IndonesiaThree Men Selling a Tiger Skin Arrested in West Lampung, Indonesia

    Lampung, Indonesia (September 28, 2016) Lampung Barat Police in collaboration with Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park rangers (BBSNP), WCS-Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) and Rhino Protection Unit (RPU) arrested three suspects and confiscated a Sumatran Tiger  skin found on sale in the West Lampung area on September 20, 2016.

  • CITES CoP17: Victory Today for PangolinsCITES CoP17: Victory Today for Pangolins

    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – (September 28, 2016) – WCS applauds the vote today to list all 8 species of pangolins in CITES Appendix I—the highest level of protection afforded by the treaty and a recognition that unfortunately, the species is indeed now threatened with extinction. 


  •  American Bison Society Releases Report Card American Bison Society Releases Report Card

    Banff (September 27, 2016). Celebrating its tenth year since re-establishing in 2006, the American Bison Society (ABS) issued a “report card” highlighting major milestones reached during the renewed tenure of ABS. The report card was released at the ABS Meeting and Workshop – taking place for the first time in Canada, on September 26-29 in Banff National Park.



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WCS Op-Eds and Blogs

September 27 - East of Siberia: By Chance, Food and Shelter

For a trip into the wilderness, writes WCS's Jon Slaght, there is often little time for planning. "In those cases, I’m especially vulnerable to the whims of the road and truly dependent on the kindness of strangers."

September 27 - Addressing Threats to Latin American Species at CITES CoP17

Latin America is home to 40 percent of the world’s biodiversity, yet sadly many existing species are illegally harvested and trafficked to meet national and international demand.

September 26 - The Ploughshare Tortoise’s Countdown to Extinction

WCS and conservation partners call upon CITES party governments to take action to safeguard the ploughshare tortoise’s continued existence as it faces imminent annihilation.


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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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