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Entries for October 2012

Oct. 31, 2012CONTACT: MARY DIXON, 347-840-1242, mdixon@wcs.org A statement issued by Jim Breheny, Executive Vice President of WCS Zoos and Aquarium and Director of the Bronx Zoo:The Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium is conducting a 24/7- effort to stabilize conditions and restore utilities and operating systems after experiencing serious flood damage during Hurricane Sandy. Staff have established temporary life support for the aquatic systems, are pumping flood waters out of base...

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Oct. 30, 2012CONTACT: MARY DIXON, 347-840-1242, mdixon@wcs.org The Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium, located in an evacuation zone in Coney Island, experienced severe flooding from the storm surge associated with Hurricane Sandy. The entire 14-acre facility was under water. As the water recedes, we will need time to assess the full extent of the damage. Our staff remain at the aquarium after working throughout the storm. WCS's four zoos -- the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prosp...

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As of today, Saturday, Nov. 3, all four WCS zoos have reopened post hurricane sandy: the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo are all open. The New York Aquarium remains closed as we work to recover from the storm surge.

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WCS and partner organizations have issued a new report emphasizing paramount threats to wildlife in Southern Africa. Illegal hunting, the bushmeat trade, and unselective snaring are compromising already-fragile species.

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Lions, cheetah, leopard, and wild dog particularly vulnerable Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states take first steps to tackle looming conservation crisis View the report>> JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (October 25, 2012) – A recent report says illegal hunting of wildlife in South African Development Community (SADC) states can lead to the eradication of many species across extensive areas a...

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The recent death of "Lonesome George"--the last of our planet's Pinta Island tortoises--reminds us of these creatures' fragility. Although we've been working to conserve turtles and tortoises for decades, risks that include global trade persist. 

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Animal lovers from around the globe are smitten with Mitik, the orphaned walrus calf who recently joined the New York Aquarium. Writing for the Huffington Post, WCS's President and CEO discusses Mitik's condition, as well as larger concerns about protecting wild walruses and their habitats. 

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George Schaller, senior conservationist at WCS and one of the founding fathers of wildlife conservation, has released a new book. Read the Wall Street Journal’s review of Tibet Wild.

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Categories: Protect

Hatching of bird species is a significant husbandry success Fewer than 40 crested couas live in U.S. zoos Bronx, NY – Oct. 22, 2012 – ATTACHED PHOTO: A rare crested coua chick is hand-reared in an off-exhibit area at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo. The chick displays the markings on the inside of its mouth as it prepares to receive food from its caretaker. These markings are unique for each individual chick and fade as the bird matures. The marki...

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Mitik the walrus calf is getting used to his new home at the New York Aquarium. Although the orphaned calf confronted health problems when rescued by fisherman this July, he’s now growing daily under the watchful eye of Aquarium staff.

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Categories: Discover

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