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Entries for October 2009

Disease ecologists must consider health of individual animals and populations in research and conservation plans NEW YORK (October 30, 2009)—Whereas healthy animals are able to fend off diseases and infections, individuals in poor condition become susceptible to a “vicious circle” in which animals in poor health are more prone to becoming infected, triggering a negative loop where they become weaker in the process, according to recent work by health professionals from the Wildlife Conservatio...

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Scientists from WCS and the Lava Lake Institute have found a new long-distance migration route for a population of pronghorn antelope in Idaho, hailed as the “true marathoners of the American West.”

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GPS collars reveal that southern Idaho pronghorn population has one of the longest overland migrations in the American West Effort underway to protect herd numbering 1,000 animals threatened by increasing development BRONX, NEW YORK (October 29, 2009) – Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Idaho-based Lava Lake Institute for Science and Conservation discovered a new overland migration route of pronghorn antelope that ranks among the farthest for an...

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Brooklyn, NY - October 29, 2009 - Prospect Park Zoo recently "rocked the house" with a trio of new yellow footed rock wallabies in the Australian Walkabout on Discovery Trail.  The new wallabies share their home with Western great grey kangaroos, Bennett's wallabies, a Cape Barren goose and a pair of emu, giant flightless birds.  The male rock wallaby, "Darwin," hails from Lowry Park Zoo in Florida while the two females, "Sydney" and "Adelaide," came all the way from the Adelaide Zoo in Australi...

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USAID develops initiative to monitor diseases that move between animals and people NEW YORK (October 23, 2009)—The Wildlife Conservation Society will play a key role in a new international effort to monitor diseases that move between animals and people in order to prevent the next global pandemic. The global early warning system—named PREDICT and created with incremental funding of up to $75 million over 5 years from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threa...

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The forest haven for monkeys, tigers, and elephants also stores carbon and will help in the global fight against climate change. Key research conducted by WCS led to the park’s creation.

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Forest stores carbon and provides key habitats for monkeys, tigers, and elephants Wildlife Conservation Society conducted key research that led to park’s creation  Creation of park is part of WCS’s new “Carbon for Conservation” initiative   NEW YORK (October 22, 2009)—The government of Cambodia has transformed a former logging concession into a new, Yosemite-sized protect...

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WCS President and CEO Dr. Steven E. Sanderson, Appearing in Americas Quarterly: Does the 21st Century Belong to Asia or Latin America?Latin America Positioned to Lead On Climate Change and Sustainable Policies Sanderson Suggests a Three-Point Conservation Agenda for Latin America as a prelude to UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December (BRONX, NEW YORK, October 15, 2009) In the article “Growing Green,” appearing in the fall issue of the jour...

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Conservationists from WCS and other organizations use DNA to examine the mysterious movements of humpback whales through the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

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NEW YORK —After 15 years of research in the waters of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and an international coalition of organizations have unveiled the largest genetic study of humpback whale populations ever conducted in the Southern Hemisphere. By analyzing DNA samples from more than 1,500 whales, researchers can now peer into the population dynamics and relatedness of Southern Hemi...

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