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Entries for February 2009
February 26, 2009
Tigers Get a Stimulus Plan
Agreement marks unique partnership among the World Bank, Global Environment Facility, and the Conservation Community to conserve big cats throughout their range NEW YORK (February 26, 2009) The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), together with the World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF), announced today a commitment of $2.8 million toward tiger conservation across its range. WCS will lead a new project, Tiger Futures, in partnership with other conservation organizations with long-term ...
February 25, 2009
Camera Trap Survey Snaps Cheetahs in Algeria
Photographic confirmation of fleet-footed big cats a first for that country NEW YORK (February 23, 2009)—A Wildlife Conservation Society-supported survey of the Sahara has captured the first camera-trap photographs of the critically endangered Saharan cheetah in Algeria. The survey was conducted by researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the Office du Parc National de l’Ahaggar (OPNA), and the Université de Béjaïa, with support from WCS and Panthera. The photographs were taken a...
February 19, 2009
WCS Issues Statement on Captive Primate Safety Act
NEW YORK, NY, February 19, 2009 -- The following statement was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today concerning the Captive Primate Safety Act and the tragic story surrounding the chimpanzee attack in Connecticut this week: The news of Travis, the chimpanzee, emerging out of Stamford, CT, is a sad and tragic story for a family, a community, and an endangered great ape. At WCS, we are hopeful that this tragedy will impart a greater understanding of the serious risks assumed wh...
February 18, 2009
Wildlife Conservation Society Helps Cameroon Create New National Park
Park safeguards western lowland gorillas, chimps, elephants, and other wildlife NEW YORK (February 18, 2009)—Gorilla population surveys, conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society, have helped the government of Cameroon create a new national park which will protect more than 600 gorillas, along with other threatened species such as chimpanzees, forest elephants, buffaloes, and bongo. Called Deng Deng National Park, the new protected area measures approximately 224 square miles (580 ...
February 18, 2009
Primate Paradise in Cameroon
Three months after Cameroon created a park to help protect the Cross River gorilla, it declares a second park to safeguard an important population of western lowland gorillas.
February 13, 2009
Penguins Are Marching into Trouble
A quarter-century of data reveals how changing weather patterns and land use, combined with overfishing and pollution, are taking a heavy toll on penguin numbers.
February 12, 2009
Penguins Are Marching Into Trouble, Wildlife Conservation Society Says
A quarter-century of data reveals how changing weather patterns and land use, combined with overfishing and pollution, are taking a heavy toll on penguin numbers. NEW YORK (Embargoed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for release 9:30 a.m. EST Friday, Feb. 13, 2009) – A combination of changing weather patterns, overfishing, pollution, and other factors have conspired to drive penguin populations into a precipitous decline, according to long-term research funded by the Wi...
February 10, 2009
Study Says “Middle Class” Coral Reef Fish Feel the Economic Squeeze
The Wildlife Conservation Society, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and other groups say the health of coral reef fish is directly linked to local economies. Wealthy and least developed regions have the healthiest fish populations, while those in the middle are suffering.