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Entries for January 2012

Protection of forest habitat could support larger population of Cross River gorillas New York (January 31, 2012)—Conservationists working in Central Africa to save the world’s rarest gorilla have good news: the Cross River gorilla has more suitable habitat than previously thought, including vital corridors that, if protected, can help the great apes move between sites in search of mates, according to the North Carolina Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and other groups. The newly published...

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Dozens of volunteers have braved northeast China’s freezing temperatures to clear illegal wire traps that catch endangered Amur tigers.

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Dozens of volunteers brave freezing temperatures to clear illegal traps that catch endangered Amur tigers NEW YORK (January 31, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that a group of volunteers working in northeast China have cleared 162 illegal wire snares in an ongoing effort to protect the nation’s remaining population of critically endangered Amur (Siberian) tigers. The group, which concluded their campaign on January 13th, braved freezing temperatures and deep snow as the...

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WCS’s Bronx Zoo names a Madagascar hissing cockroach ‘Ricky’ and sends the first COCOA-ROACHES of the season Ricky thanks the zoo on Twitter (@RickyGervais) Nothing says forever like a cockroach from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Visit www.bronxzoo.com/roach to view the video and place an order NEW YORK – January 30, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo kicked off the Valentine’s Day season by naming the first Madagascar hissing cockroach of the year after comedi...

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New York (January 30, 2012)—Wildlife health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society have published evidence which supports the conclusion that Mongolian gazelles—one of the most populous large land mammals on the planet—are not a reservoir of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), a highly contagious viral disease that threatens both wildlife and livestock in Asia. Outbreaks of FMD in Mongolia affect domestic sheep, goats, camels, and cattle as well as Mongolian gazelles. In a country where roug...

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Categories: Asia, Mongolia, Species

A discovery of brown-spider monkeys in Parque Nacional Natural Selva de Florencia offers the critically endangered species a second chance.

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Only population of this critically endangered species living in protected area New York (January 26, 2012) — Researchers from The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Colombia Program and Colombia’s National Parks Unit have confirmed that a critically endangered subspeices of brown-spider monkeys is living in Selva de Florencía National Park in Colombia – the only national protected area with a confirmed population of this extremely rare primate.The brown-spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), is...

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Sea lion picks Giants and predicts a rough day for Tom Brady Bronx, NY – January 25, 2012 – Kiani, a 630-pound male California sea lion, joined Bronx Zoo animal keeper Cindy Maur; Jim Breheny, WCS Executive Vice President and Bronx Zoo Director; and Fox 5 reporter Jill Nicolini for a live segment on Good Day New York this morning. When asked for his prediction of Super Bowl XLVI, Kiani promptly shook his head in favor of a New York Giants victory. When asked about Patriots quarterback Tom Br...

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New study finds 87 marine mammal species consumed by people in 114 countries New York (January 24, 2012)—The fate of the world’s great whale species commands global attention as a result of heated debate between pro and anti-whaling advocates, but the fate of smaller marine mammals is less understood, specifically because the deliberate and accidental harvesting of dolphins, porpoises, manatees and other warm-blooded aquatic denizens is rarely studied or monitored. To shed more light on the i...

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Name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after your Valentine and sweeten the gift with a solid dark chocolate COCOA-ROACH Nothing says forever like a cockroach from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Visit www.bronxzoo.com/roach to view the video and place an order NEW YORK – January 24, 2012 – Valentine's Day is upon us and there is no better way to say “forever” than with the gift of a cockroach. The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is offering a light-hearted w...

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