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How widespread is lemur and fossa meat consumption?
A new study by WCS looks at the prevalence of human consumption of lemur and fossa (Madagascar’s largest predator) in villages within and around Makira Natural Park, northeastern Madagascar, providing up-to-date estimates of the percentage of households who eat meat from these protected species.
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WCS Statement on Passage of Single-Use Plastic Straws Bill
NEW YORK – May 12, 2021 – The following statement is from John Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS): “The Wildlife Conservation Society thanks New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Councilmember Helen Rosenthal and the entire New York City Council for passing the Single-Use Plastic Straws Bill (Int. 936A) to reduce the amount of plastic waste that winds up in our waterways.   “This ground-breakin...
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Now is the Time to Think about Reintroducing Jaguars into the U.S.
A group of scientists say now is the time to talk about reintroducing jaguars (Panthera onca) into the U.S.
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Hoofed Migration: New Science Study Chronicles World’s Great Overland Mammal Migrations
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) along with an international team of more than 90 scientists and conservationists have created the first-ever global atlas of ungulate (hooved mammal) migrations, working in partnership with the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), a UN treaty.
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New Global Collaboration to Tackle Impacts of Wastewater Pollution on the World’s Coral Reefs
A new multi-sector collaboration involving 22 organizations is being launched to address a pervasive global problem - marine pollution from sewage and wastewater. 
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Leading International Conservation Organizations Send Letter on Climate Crisis to Biden-Harris White House
The following letter was sent to President Biden on April 29, 2021, concerning the climate crisis. 
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Breakthrough Study Shows No-take Marine Reserves Benefit Overfished Reefs
A powerful, long-term study from WCS adds scientific backing for global calls for conserving 30 percent of the world’s ocean. 
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Scientists Say Policy is Urgently Needed for “Assisted Colonization”  To help Wildlife Cope with Climate Change
NEW YORK – April 29, 2021 –A team of of scientists is calling for the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), which holds its 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 15) in October in China, to launch a process to establish global standards for “assisted colonization,” the practice of physically moving wildlife into new areas to reduce extinction risk from climate change. Writing in the journal Science, authors representing conservation organizations and academic in...
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WCS Run for the Wild At the Bronx Zoo
Media B-Roll from TODAY: (Courtesy: Bronx Zoo) Media Photos from TODAY: (Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS; or Joe Golden ©WCS) Bronx, N.Y. – March 24, 2021 – The WCS Run for the Wild was back at the Bronx Zoo today. The spring tradition was held virtually in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the event was reimagined for 2021 to meet city and state social distancing, safety, and capacity protocols. More than 4,100 took par...
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Bronx Zoo Hosts Musicians and Dancers from NYC Ballet for Special Earth Day Performances
Today at the Bronx Zoo, members of the New York City Ballet treated zoo-goers to two socially-distant Earth Day performances on the zoo’s historic Astor Court lawn. With these dancers and musicians unable to perform as normal through the course of the pandemic, the Bronx Zoo played host to appropriately themed performances of “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens featuring musicians and dancers of the New York City Ballet, in addition to encores of “Flight of the Bumbl...
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