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In certain urbanized landscapes of western India, leopards and other large carnivores have become routine visitors. But despite their increasing presence in areas devoid of wilderness, most go unnoticed.

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At one time, American black bears roamed throughout Nevada, but by the early 1900s, they’d all but disappeared from the state. A new study co-authored by WCS indicates that: numbers are rebounding, with populations scattered across the animal’s former range.

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New WCS-led Study documents rise of big cats in urbanized landscape in India Camera trap photos show leopards, hyenas – and lots of people NEW YORK (March 28, 2013) — A new study led by WCS-India scientist Vidya Athreaya finds that certain landscapes of western India completely devoid of wilderness and with high human populations are crawling with a different kind of backyard wildlife: leopards. The study found as many as five adult large carnivores, including leopards and striped...

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WCS recently announced the hatching of three rare maleo chicks at the Bronx Zoo. Writing for the Huffington Post, Steve Zack, WCS's Coordinator of Bird Conservation, shares unique insights into megapodes--fascinating birds that incubate their eggs in heated soil.

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Categories: Asia

Nevada’s black bears rapidly reoccupying former range WCS and NDOW scientists use old journals and newspapers  to piece together the past of Great Basin bears RENO, NV (March 28, 2013) – A new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Nevada Department of Wildlife ( NDOW) has pieced together the last 150 years of history for one of the state’s most interesting denizens: the black bear. The study, which looked at everything from h...

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NEW YORK (March 26, 2013) — A 4-5 month old tiger cub examines a remote camera last month in India’s Bhadra Tiger Reserve, a protected area where tiger numbers are increasing. The second camera can be seen in the background. WCS conservationists, led by tiger expert Ullas Karanth, conduct annual surveys in the region, photographing and identifying individual tigers by their unique stripe pattern. WCS has been working in Bhadra Tiger Reserve since the late 1980's. WCS’s partners led by DV Girish ...

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Categories: India, Protect, Tigers

In an in-depth interview with Mongabay, WCS CEO Cristián Samper shares that childhood interactions with nature in Colombia prompted a career in conservation biology. After helming the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History for nearly a decade, Samper joined WCS to help "foster solid conservation science and management."

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Conservationists make available computerized anti-poaching tools to wildlife managers around the world SMART 1.0 is available for free at http://www.smartconservationsoftware.org  SMART is a partnership of conservation organizations including CITES-MIKE, the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), the North Carolina Zoo (NCZ), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) N...

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Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flushing, N.Y. - March 21, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo will hold its annual Egg–stravaganza event on Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include spring-themed games, egg hunts, and real rabbit encounters on the zoo’s farm. The stars of Egg-stravaganza are the zoo’s Flemish giant rabbits, Olivia, Flip and Blue, a new “blue-coated” male who will make his official Egg-stravaga...

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Categories: Discover

After carefully recreating the conditions needed for incubation, WCS ornithologists at the Bronx Zoo helped a maleo family hatch three rare chicks. The zoo is the only home for maleos outside Indonesia, and the staff’s insights into this rare bird’s nesting needs will improve conservation efforts on behalf of its wild cousins.

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