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Entries for November 2012

A WCS camera trap snapped a photo of the rarely seen oncilla, and the BBC has recognized the photo via its annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.

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Photograph documents first record of an oncilla in Madidi National Park NEW YORK (November 29, 2012) — A photograph taken by Wildlife Conservation Society scientists of a little known Bolivian cat species called an oncilla has won a BBC Wildlife camera-trap photo competition. The photo, which won the New Discoveries category, documents the first-known occurrence of this extremely rare spotted cat in Madidi National Park. The Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus) occurs across the Amazon and al...
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Department of Wildlife and National Parks and WCS  spearhead effort to protect remaining elephants on peninsula Workshop to be held at the Institute of Biological Diversity, Krau Wildlife Reserve: November 29—December 1, 2012 NEW YORK (November 28, 2012)—Saving the Asian elephant in Malaysia will be the focus of an upcoming workshop at the Institute of Biological Diversity in Krau Wildlife Reserve, Malaysia (from November 29-December 1, 2012), accordi...
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Alongside local government and action groups, we’ve undertaken restoration of the Bronx River. Once plagued by pollution, the New York waterway now shelters herring, egrets, muskrats, and snapping turtles. Take a virtual canoe trip down its banks and meet some of the local swimmers.
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Turtle populations evaluated in New York City’s only freshwater riverSurvey and assessment is a collaboration with WCS, the Bronx River Alliance, New York Botanical Garden, and the NYC Parks DepartmentBronx River research is made possible by continued support from Congressman José E. Serrano and funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationVideo available here: http://youtu.be/ewzcGNdBsAs Bronx, NY – Nov. 28, 2012 – Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Z...
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GABORONE, BOTSWANA (November 28, 2012) — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) congratulates animal health and wildlife conservation experts from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on their adoption of additional, environmentally-friendly ways to manage trade-sensitive animal diseases like foot and mouth (FMD), with an aim towards easing tensions at the livestock-wildlife interface. Given the importance of both the livestock and wildlife sectors to many countries...
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In a new blog post for National Geographic NewsWatch, WCS's Executive Vice President for Public Affairs discusses National Bison Day festivities, as well as WCS's ongoing efforts to elect bison the country's national mammal. With the support of a broad coalition and active constituents, WCS remains hopeful that legislation will pass this year. 
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Toys collected at Bronx Zoo will benefit local military families Toys collected at Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and NY Aquarium will benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy Toy donors will receive a free ticket to the Bronx Zoo Bronx, NY – Nov. 15, 2012 – Officials from the  Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. were joined by students from PS 205 to donate the first toys of the season to the annual holiday toy drive to ...
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During Hurricane Sandy, the ocean surged through the New York Aquarium’s 14 acres. Staff remained on-site throughout the super storm to care for the animals.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted an event on wildlife trafficking, with a panel moderated by WCS CEO, Dr. Cristián Samper. Dr. Samper also released a statement reiterating the need to advance initiatives that will halt wildlife trafficking.
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