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Bronx Zoo Sends 36 Rote Island Snake-Necked Turtles to Singapore Zoo As Breeding Program Reaches Important Milestone
Bronx, NY – Sept. 27, 2022 – The Bronx Zoo is working with other zoos and partners toward a major milestone in the conservation of the Rote Island (pronounced RO-tee) snake-necked turtle (Chelodina mccordi). Thirty-six zoo-bred turtles left the Bronx Zoo today bound for Mandai Wildlife Group’s Singapore Zoo as part of a collaboration that will eventually introduce the animals to their native range in Indonesia where the species is functionally extinct. The spe...
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Robert G. “Robb” Menzi to Serve as WCS Interim President and CEO
New York, Sept. 27, 2022 – Robert G. “Robb” Menzi will serve as the Interim President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, starting October 8, 2022. Menzi, the current WCS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will take on this new role as the WCS Board of Trustees conducts a search to fill the position following Cristián Samper stepping down to join the Bezos Earth Fund. Menzi, with extensive experience in conservation, business management, and inte...
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Coffee with the Giant South American River Turtle (English, Portuguese, and Spanish)

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will livestream on Sept. 27, 28, and 29th (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) a great wonder of nature, from a river along the border between Brazil and Bolivia as thousands of giant South American river turtles (Podocnemis expansa) gather on sandbanks to lay hundreds of thousands of eggs.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Intensifies Efforts to Protect the World’s Ocean
Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced it is expanding its commitment to protect the ocean, coastal communities and marine ecosystems. The Bloomberg Ocean Initiative will invest $204 million to leverage data-driven solutions, policy solutions, and community involvement to protect coral reefs, stop illegal fishing, and safeguard marine ecosystems and biodiversity that are at risk from the growing impacts of climate change. Today’s commitment builds on Bloomberg’s efforts to fight c...
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Forests of Mesoamerica’s Selva Maya are Staging an Inspiring Comeback (English and Spanish)

Mesoamerica’s Selva Maya, the epicenter of the ancient Maya Civilization and a vast protected area system covering parts of Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico, is making an inspiring comeback with forest cover returning and local people benefitting thanks to government, local partners and communities working together to curb illegal activities.

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NEW! Dinosaurs In Darkness: The Hatching - The Bronx Zoo’s First-Ever After Dark Haunted Experience
Bronx, NY – Sept. 14, 2022 – Boo at the Zoo is a fall tradition at the Bronx Zoo and the seasonal celebration it is set to return in October. The Halloween-themed event annually marks the unofficial start of the fall season with seasonal activities and performances that transform the zoo. New for 2022, the Bronx Zoo is adding an after-hours event – Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching. This is the zoo’s first-ever Halloween nighttime event for older audiences. Dinosaurs...
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Empire Wind and WCS Announce Extension of Historic Near Real-Time Acoustic Marine Monitoring Project In New York Bight

Empire Wind and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today the extension to 2028 of their historic agreement to monitor large whales in the lease area of Empire Wind, an offshore wind project located in the New York Bight off the southern coast of Long Island.   

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A WCS Tribute to Gustavo Fonseca, Director of Programs for the Global Environment Facility

The Wildlife Conservation Society offers condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Gustavo Fonseca, Director of Programs for the Global Environment Facility, who died this week.

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City of New York Partners with WCS’s Eric Sanderson In Efforts to Make NYC More Resilient to Intense Rainfall

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ida by announcing a suite of stormwater infrastructure initiatives aimed at making the city more resilient to extreme rainfall in the future -- including a partnership with Dr. Eric Sanderson, Senior Conservation Ecologist at WCS.

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The Republic of the Congo Announces the Creation of the Country's First Marine Protected Areas

The Congo Government, with the support of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other organizations, officially announces the creation of the country’s first three Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), protecting marine resources and coastal habitats across more than 4,000 square kilometers (1,544 square miles) and representing 12.01 percent of Congo’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). 

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