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Entries for January 2013

Republic of Congo creates Ntokou-Pikounda National Park to safeguard thousands of great apes Park contains massive ape population discovered by WCS in 2008, and is home to hundreds of elephants and chimpanzees NEW YORK (DATE) — The Republic of Congo has declared a new national park that protects a core population of the 125,000 western lowland gorillas discovered by WCS in 2008. Called Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, the new protected area spans some 4,572 square kilometers (1...

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Ring in the Lunar New Year with the Queens Zoo’s boa constrictor and black rat snakes Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10 from noon until 4 p.m. Flushing, N.Y., January 29, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo will celebrate the 2013 Lunar New Year the weekend of February 9 and 10, from 12 to 4 p.m. The weekend will feature a variety of activities in the Discovery Center including crafts, story-telling, and an exciting meet-and-greet with the zoo’s boa constrictor ...

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Categories: Asia, Discover

Adult and children’s programs are available Register online for programs at: www.centralparkzoo.com New York –– January 24, 2013 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo has opened registration for a variety of family, youth, and camp programs for the 2013 spring and summer season. The zoo has created a variety of interactive programs for toddlers to teens. All programs include age-appropriate hands-on science activities, animal encounters, exhibit visits, and arts-and-cra...

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Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo Opens Registration for Spring and Summer ProgramsPrograms include summer camp for children of all agesNEW Extended Care gives participants additional time at summer campRegister online for programs at: www.prospectparkzoo.com Brooklyn, N.Y. –– January 24, 2013 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo has announced registration for 2013 spring and summer education programs. The zoo has created a variety of interactive program...

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Programs include Zoo Camp for children of all agesNEW Extended Care gives participants additional time at Zoo CampRegister online for programs at: www.queenszoo.com Flushing, N.Y. –– January 24, 2013 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo has opened registration for 2013 spring and summer education programs. The zoo has created a variety of interactive programs for toddlers to teens. All programs include age-appropriate hands-on science activities, animal encounters, exhibit visi...

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Categories: Discover

Paradise Found for Latin America’s Largest Land Mammal WCS documents at least 14,500 lowland tapirs thriving in Peru and Bolivia’s Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Weighing over 650 pounds, lowland tapirs are threatened by over-hunting and habitat loss NEW YORK (January 22, 2012) —Wildlife Conservation Society scientists have documented a thriving population of lowland tapirs – the strange forest and grassland-dwelling herbivore with the trunk-like snout – living in a network of remote nat...

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WCS conservationists have scoured the Peru-Bolivia border for signs of lowland tapirs—large herbivores that possess distinctive markings and snouts. After 12 years of research, they’re able to report that these animals are thriving within five national parks.

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Once decimated by hunting, wild yaks appear to be rebounding in parts of Tibet. During a recent expedition to the country’s Qinghai Plateau, WCS and Chinese conservationists counted nearly 1,000 individuals.

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Entire gibbon family is on exhibit in JungleWorld White-cheeked gibbons are a critically endangered species B-roll video available here: http://youtu.be/mY1yfTRofv8 Bronx, NY – Jan. 16, 2013 – A white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) pair watches over their new baby as they hang from the trees in JungleWorld at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. This is the first gibbon born at the Bronx Zoo since 2000. The infan...

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WCS and University of Montana Find Nearly 1,000 Wild Yaks In Remote Tibetan Plateau Once decimated by hunting, wild yaks may be returning Wild yaks are Asia’s third largest land mammal NEW YORK (January 16, 2013) — A team of American and Chinese conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Montana recently counted nearly 1,000 wild yaks from a remote area of the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau. The finding may indicate a comeback for this species, which was decimated by ...

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