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Changes in Subsistence Hunting Threaten Local Food Security

Scientists with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and WCS Ecuador Program publishing in the journal BioTropica say that subsistence hunting in Neotropical rain forests – the mainstay of local people as a source of protein and a direct connection to these ecosystems – is in jeopardy from a variety of factors.


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Project TRUE – Teens Researching Urban Ecology will be featured in the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation.  The event will be held online May 13th -20th at https://stemforall2019.videohall.com. The presentation, entitled Project TRUE -- Teens Researching Urban Ecology, looks at an immersive summer research mentoring program for NYC high school students aimed at training the next generation of STEM professionals. The project is based at the Bron...
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Endangered Penguins Increase Their Colony at New York Aquarium
The WCS New York Aquarium’s breeding program for the African black-footed penguin (Spheniscus demersus) has successfully added four more chicks to its colony.
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Bronx Zoo Veterinarians Use Innovative Technique to Monitor Cardiac Function in Geladas
The Bronx Zoo’s Zoological Health Program veterinarians and Mammalogy Department curators have implemented a cutting-edge technology designed for humans to help them monitor and treat cardiac issues in geladas (Theropithecus gelada). “The Bronx Zoo is recognized worldwide for its leadership in the care and welfare of its animals,” said Jim Breheny, WCS Executive Vice President and Bronx Zoo Director. “We often consult with medical doctors and specialists to explore treatm...
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WCS Issues Statement Regarding IPBES Alarming Report on Assault Against Nature

The following statement was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society today in regard to a landmark report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES):

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Statement from The Bronx Zoo “This afternoon the Bronx Zoo was contacted by the Animal Care Centers of NYC, regarding a young male wallaby that it had received earlier today from a private individual who could not provide proper care for it. Wallabies are mid-sized marsupials native to Australia and New Guinea.  “The wallaby was taken to the Bronx Zoo’s Wildlife Health Center where it will undergo a routine 30-day quarantine so that the zoo’s veterinarians can a...
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The Scoop on Coffee Farms and Birds
Over 11 field seasons, between 1999 and 2010, ornithologist Çağan Şekercioğlu trekked through the forests and coffee fields of Costa Rica to study how tropical birds were faring in a changing agricultural landscape. Through painstaking banding of individual birds, Şekercioğlu asked whether the expansion of coffee plantations is reducing tropical bird biodiversity. The answer, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is no. And yes. Sun coffee plantations are able to h...
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WCS Commends Governor Cuomo  For Blocking Oil and Gas Drilling In New York State Waters
The following statement was issued by John F. Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs:“The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) applauds New York State Governor Cuomo for signing into law a bill that will block any offshore drilling activity off of New York’s coastline, a region that supports a diversity of marine life as well as vital livelihoods for the state’s coastal communities.   “We commend New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright and Sen...
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WCS Statement on Postponement of CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP18)
Dr. Susan Lieberman, Vice President of International Policy for WCS said: “Yesterday, the CITES Secretariat announced the postponement of the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) scheduled to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka May 23 to June 3, due to the recent horrific terrorist attacks and security issues in the country. All of us at WCS are heartbroken for the victims and their families, and the people of Sri Lanka, and we support this decision to postpone this im...
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Managing Climate Risk for Conservation Investments - A New Report Written by Funders Offers Solutions
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Climate Adaptation Fund, in collaboration with the Climate Resilience Fund (CRF), has released a new report providing practical guidance to foundation and public agency funders, and natural resource managers for reducing their investment risk in the era of climate change. The report was launched this week at the 2019 National Adaptation Forum in Madison, Wisconsin. According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, a legally-mandated synthesis of ...
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