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Entries for April 2016

Reflections by a Conservationist Watching 100 Tonnes of Ivory Burn

Nairobi National Park, Kenya, April 30, 2016 -- The fires are now lit on 100 tonnes of ivory, and as the plumes of smoke swirl into the grey skies, Kenya is turning up the heat to stop the trafficking of elephant ivory. The attention this ivory destruction has created – with presidents and celebrities alike gathering to witness this somber event – ensures that this message will spread far and wide. This burn is designed to help galvanize African and global support to close all ivory markets. When the smoke clears from today, attention will turn to the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg in September. The countries gathering at CITES must take action to destroy any and all economic value for ivory. READ MORE

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8th Annual WCS Run for the Wild

Bronx, N.Y. – April 30, 2016 – More than 5,400 ran, jogged, and walked through the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in support of wildlife conservation at the 8th annual WCS Run for the Wild. The first to finish the 5k run was Christopher Stewart from The Bronx who finished with a time of 17:42 – his third year in a row winning the race. The top three women and top three men finishers were: READ MORE

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WCS Praises Kenya for Massive Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn Burn Scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 30
The following statement was issued by Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) on April 29, 2016:

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Senate Approves National Bison Legacy Act
 Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, said: The National Bison Legacy Act is a milestone in a long journey by WCS, its flagship Bronx Zoo, and many other partners to prevent the bison from going extinct and to recognize the bison’s ecological, cultural, historical and economic importance to the United States.”

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WCS releases statement in response to de Blasio's executive budget

Bronx, New York – April 28, 2016 – The following statement was issued by John F. Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society): READ STATEMENT HERE

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Expedition Scientists in Bolivia Discover Seven Animal Species New to Science  In World’s Most Biodiverse Protected Area
April 28, 2016 – Scientists on an expedition through Madidi National Park—the world’s most biologically diverse protected area— have now discovered seven animal species new to science, finds that were made in 2015 and recently confirmed through careful comparisons with known species, according to the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and local partners.

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Strike a Pose for Elephants: WCS Launches #ElephantYogaChallenge
APRIL 28, 2016 – Want to use your yoga practice to save elephants? WCS’s 96 Elephants campaign – so named for the number of African elephants killed every day by poachers – is launching the #ElephantYogaChallenge, a social media campaign to raise awareness and funds through yoga.

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Categories: Inspire, Elephants

Bronx Zoo’s Iconic African Plains Exhibit Turns 75

Bronx, NY – April 28, 2016 – Sunday, May 1, 2016 marks 75 years since the opening of the African Plains exhibit at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo. The exhibit marked the first time the zoo exhibited animals in realistic, natural settings, similar to how they might appear in the wild.

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AMERICAN ICON: Congress Passes Bill to Make Bison Our National Mammal
April 27, 2016 –The Vote Bison Coalition is proud to celebrate the House and Senate passage of the National Bison Legacy Act, which when signed by the President will officially make bison the National Mammal of the United States.

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WCS’s Bronx Zoo Debuts New Additions to Award-Winning Jungle Habitat

Bronx, NY – April 27, 2016 – An Asian small-clawed otter pup (Aonyx cinereus) has made its public debut in JungleWorld at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo, and a colony of Rodrigues fruit bats (Pteropus rodricensis) now share an exhibit with the Matschie’s tree kangaroos.

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