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Entries for October 2016

WCS Applauds International Agreement to Conserve Antarctica’s Ross Sea
NEW YORK (October 28, 2016) – WCS applauded the decision by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources to protect the Ross Sea, a part of the Southern Ocean near Antarctica, as a marine protected area.

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Nigeria’s Superhighway Threatens Local Communities, Elephants, and Gorillas
NEW YORK (October 27, 2016) — A proposed superhighway in Nigeria’s Cross River State will displace 180 indigenous communities and threaten one of the world’s great centers of biodiversity if completed, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).

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Night Callers: Scientists Listen in on Bats in the Bronx
NEW YORK  (October 27, 2016)  The WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo and Fordham University have announced the results of the first known published study of bats in New York City. The study provides evidence of winter bat activity in NYC and documents the migratory movement of Eastern Red bats and Silver-haired bats through the Bronx Borough. Since little is known about bat behavior in winter, the research results may prove valuable in determining bat migration routes and overwintering strategies.

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Categories: Bronx Zoo

 World’s Most Endangered Alligator Making a Comeback – in Shanghai
SHANGHAI (October 26, 2016) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) reports that eggs of critically endangered Chinese alligators discovered recently in a nest in a Shanghai wetland park have hatched and that baby alligators have been photographed and identified swimming in the area. The announcement signals a huge success for the species and for ongoing reintroduction efforts initiated by East China Normal University, Chongming Dongtan Wetland Park, and WCS with the help of U.S. zoos including WCS’s Bronx Zoo, and the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

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Registration Open for Fall Programs at WCS's Zoos and Aquarium
New York –– Oct. 25, 2016 – The WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society’s) Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and New York Aquarium have opened registration for fun fall programs for both children and adults.

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Wildlife Traders Arrested in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia
Medan, Indonesia (October 24, 2016). The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU), in collaboration with North Sumatra Police (POLDA SUMUT), arrested three wildlife traders in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia on October 14, 2016. Among the confiscated items were a 1.5 meter Sumatran tiger skin, pangolin scales, a snake skin, turtle shells, deer organs and stuffed Hawksbill turtle.

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Celebrate Boo at the Zoo at the Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo
New York - Oct. 20, 2016 - The spooky season arrives at WCS's (Wildlife Conservation Society) Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo during the annual Boo at the Zoo weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both facilities. 

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Park Ranger Murdered in Last Gorilla Stronghold
Oct. 19, 2016 – WCS is saddened to learn that a park ranger was recently killed in Kahuzi Biega National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo defending critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas.

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Breakfast with the Animals Series Kicks Off at WCS’s Zoos and Aquarium
New York –– Oct. 19, 2016 – The WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society’s) Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium have opened registration for this fall’s Breakfast with the Animals series.   

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Categories: Zoos and aquarium

Two WCS Scientists Honored As Finalists for the Indianapolis Prize

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dee Boersma and Joel Berger were honored here as finalists for the Indianapolis Prize on Oct. 15. Both were recognized for their exceptional accomplishments and sacrifices as they work to protect species around the globe.

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Categories: Inspire

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