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WCS Welcomes Monica Medina
New York (June 1, 2023) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) welcomes Monica P. Medina, the first diplomat in the U.S. designated to advocate for global biodiversity, as she begins her tenure as WCS’s new President and CEO. Medina will work to further the WCS mission to save wildlife and wild places, harnessing the power of its four zoos and an aquarium in New York City, and Global Conservation Programs in nearly 60 countries. Medina has a long and accomplished career in...
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WCS Offers Condolences for Two Fallen Ecoguards
New York, May 23, 2023 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society mourns the loss of two WCS ecoguards this month, Alain Lukinga of Democratic Republic of Congo and Clement Ayang of Northern Cameroon. WCS and Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) authority are deeply saddened by the death of ecoguard Mr. Alain LUKINGA, born in Kakongya on June 12, 1989, who sacrificed his life on May 10, 2023, for the protection of KBNP in an armed confrontation at Cibumbiro in South Kivu, DRC. Alain was part of a grou...
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PRESS PREVIEW - BUDGIE LANDING to Open at Bronx Zoo for Memorial Day Weekend
BRONX, NY – May 23, 2023 – A new experience is opening at the Bronx Zoo Memorial Day weekend. Budgie Landing is an immersive walkthrough exhibit that includes more than 1000 colorful budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus), commonly known as budgies. Members of the media are invited to preview the Budgie Landing experience along with Bronx Zoo members 11a-3p on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26. The exhibit will officially open to the public on Saturday, May 27 – just in tim...
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“Forest to Table”: a Focus on Bushmeat in Central Africa in Nat Geo Latest Issue

The June 2023 issue of National Geographic devotes 24 pages to the complex issue of bushmeat consumption in the Congo Basin, and highlights WCS initiatives that address the worrying threat of the soaring urban demand for wild protein.

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Conservationists Propose “Global Conservation Basic Income”  To Safeguard Biodiversity

Publishing in the journal Nature Sustainability, a team of conservationists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society say that providing a “Conservation Basic Income” (CBI) – of $5.50 per day to all residents of protected areas in low- and middle-income countries would cost less than annual subsidies given to fossil fuels and other environmentally harmful industries.

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First-Ever A.I. Algorithm Correctly Estimates Fish Stocks

For the first time, a newly published artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm is allowing researchers to quickly and accurately estimate coastal fish stocks without ever entering the water.

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La Paz, Bolivia Wins “City Nature Challenge” for Second Consecutive Year Counting 5,300 Species in its Greater Metro Area

For the second year in a row, La Paz, Bolivia won the City Nature Challenge, a global event where people photograph biodiversity in and around cities across the globe.

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Study Shows Oil and Gas Infrastructure Hurting Nesting Birds  In Globally Important Breeding Area in Arctic Alaska

A new WCS-led study that analyzed 17 years of migratory bird-nesting data in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, revealed that nest survival decreased significantly near high-use oil and gas infrastructure and its related noise, dust, traffic, air pollution, and other disturbances.

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WCS Co-Produces New Bison Documentary with Alutiiq Community of Old Harbor, Alaska

WCS’s Arctic Beringia Program has co-produced a new feature-length documentary film with Tribal partners in the community of Old Harbor, Alaska, titled “The Herd.”

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WCS Run for the Wild Celebrates 15 Years
Bronx, NY – April 29, 2023 – The event that marks the official start of spring/summer in New York City – The WCS Run for the Wild – returned to the Bronx Zoo today for the 15th consecutive year. Despite the rain, thousands ran, jogged, and walked through the 265-acre zoo in support of wildlife conservation. Since its inception in 2009, more than 70,000 have participated in the event. Each year the WCS Run for the Wild is dedicated to an animal in need of conservat...
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