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Nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins are alive and swimming in Bangladesh NEW YORK (April 1, 2009) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today the discovery of a huge population of rare dolphins in South Asia—but warns that the population is threatened by climate change and fishing nets. Using rigorous scientific techniques, WCS researchers estimate that nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, which are related to orcas or killer whales, were found living in freshwater regions of Bangladesh’...

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The Wildlife Conservation Society thanks The Brain Tumor Foundation and its “Road To Early Detection” campaign for their assistance in scanning the brain of a gorilla at the Bronx Zoo.

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Wildlife Conservation Society and Brain Tumor Foundation Help Silverback Fubo With Brain Scan NEW YORK (March 26, 2009)—Talk about house calls! The Wildlife Conservation Society thanks The Brain Tumor Foundation and its “Road To Early Detection” campaign for their assistance in performing a brain scan on a gorilla at the Bronx Zoo. The on-site procedure—performed by dozens of wildlife veterinarians, zookeepers, and medical personnel from several institutions—was made possible by the Bobby Murce...

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NEW YORK (March 18, 2009)—After nearly dying from eating a poisoned animal carcass, a critically endangered white-rumped vulture was nursed back to health by wildlife veterinarians and conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) and returned to the skies of Cambodia. The story is a small victory in a region where vultures of several species in Asia have become endangered due to a variety of causes. “Vulture ...

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The Bronx Zoo's Wednesday, the Porcupine, stars for a second time in newly released viral video NEW YORK (March 17, 2009) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society is releasing a second viral video starring its now famous porcupine, Wednesday, to convince Albany to restore funding New York State's zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums in fiscal year 2010. This video, in which Wednesday appears in an unemployment office, follows her first production in which she was fired from the Bronx Zoo due to pe...

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Categories: Inspire, Lions

Wildlife Conservation Society scientists help track tigers with new three-dimensional software Software also has potential to locate origins of confiscated tiger skins NEW YORK (March 12, 2009) – New software developed with help from the Wildlife Conservation Society will allow tiger researchers to rapidly identify individual animals by creating a three-dimensional model using photos taken by remote cameras. The software, described in an issue of the journal Biology Letters, may also help identi...

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Categories: Marine, India, Tigers

WCS scientists track tigers with a new 3D software program that may speed up conservation efforts. The software can also help locate the origins of confiscated tiger skins.

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WCS researchers find that coral reefs next to middle class communities in East Africa have far fewer fish than the reefs in either poor or affluent communities.

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YouTube may be the latest conservation field tool. WCS-India has posted a series of instructional videos on the site to help researchers and park rangers monitor tigers in the wild.

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NEW YORK (March 9, 2009) – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s India Program (WCS – India) has released a unique training video on YouTube that showcases the latest scientific methods for estimating the numbers of wild tigers and their prey. Entitled “Monitoring Tigers and Their Prey – The Right Way,” the 5-part instructional video was produced by wildlife filmmaker Shekar Dattatri, in collaboration with renowned Wildlife Conservation Society tiger scientist Dr. K. Ullas Karanth. The video is b...

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