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Entries for March 2012

As their sea ice habitat diminishes in the Arctic, Pacific walruses increasingly use coastal lands to haul out, and feed in the surrounding shallow waters. Because this phenomenon poses new threats to walrus populations, conservationists are adopting new strategies to monitor and protect them.

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Categories: Strategies, Protect

Said Dr. Steve Zack: “We strongly feel that Alternative B, which categorizes areas critical for wildlife as unavailable for oil and gas leasing, balances energy development and wildlife protection in a landscape rich in both resources.” NEW YORK, NY, MARCH 30, 2012—The Wildlife Conservation Society has issued a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s draft Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (IAP/EIS) for the National Petrole...

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Brooklyn, N.Y. – March 29, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is now home to tropical sargassum fish in the Explore the Shore exhibit. Sargassum fish are native to parts of the Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Pacific waters. Being masters of camouflage, sargassum fish are usually found in a mottled yellow-brown color to match the seaweeds in their native habitat. Their bodies and fins are covered in weed-like protrusions that further their ability to hide while maneuvering thro...

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Categories: Sharks

Wildlife Conservation Society workshop brought together experts from international community to assess the health, status, and stewardship of coastal walrus “haul-outs” NEW YORK (March 29, 2012) – Conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Native groups, scientists, and agency staff from both the Russian Federation and United States met to address the need for effective responses to climate-driven increases in the numbers of Pacific walrus using land-based “haul-outs” during summer...

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Visitors will have a chance to win tickets to see Disney’s ‘Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!’ playing at Madison Square Garden Saturday and Sunday, April 7 & 8; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flushing, N.Y. - March 28, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is holding its annual Egg–Stravaganza event on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s line-up of fun includes real rabbit encounters, spring-themed games, egg hunts, and more.As to be expect...

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Agreement will provide education, health, economic development, and fire prevention for local people in exchange for conservation measures Forest is home to jaguars, macaws, pumas, and other wildlife WCS signs agreement with Carmelita Cooperative, local authorities, PACUNAM, and Asociación BALAM with the support of the Guatemalan National Protected Areas Council (CONAP), the Association of Forest Communities of Peten (ACOFOP), Rainforest Alliance, and Foundation Albert II of Monaco NEW YORK (Ma...

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The New York Times interviews WCS's Dr. Rachel Graham about her work in the Gulf and the Caribbean to create a constituency for the protection of a magnificent—and often misunderstood—ocean giant: the shark.

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NEW YORK (March 23, 2012)—A protected coral reef in Fiji briefly opened for an intensive five-week fishing season was largely depleted of its fish populations and has been slow to recover, according to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society.In the first study of its kind, conservationists with WCS’s Marine Program examined the environmental impact of an intensive fishing event—conducted by three villages in 2008 to pay for both school and church fees and provincial levies—on a formerly pro...

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When local fishers in Kia Island opened a protected coral reef to fishing for a short-term community fundraising effort, the effects of the harvest bore long-term consequences for the reef's health.

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Addition of bats to the exhibit demonstrates their important role in the ecosystem Known as “flying foxes,” Indian fruit bats are among the largest species of bat in the world To help protect them in the wild, WCS Works across the range of Indian fruit bats in Cambodia and Malaysia NEW YORK – March 22, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has added high-flyers to JungleWorld – 21 giant Indian fruit bats. Indian fruit bats are commonly known as greater Indian flying foxes because...

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