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Entries for May 2016

Tiger Brokers Arrested by Forest Rangers and Indonesian Police
The Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP), Langkat District Police (Polres Langkat), and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) announced an enforcement action against wildlife brokers for trading tiger parts. The perpetrators were arrested in Kuta Gajah, Langkat, North Sumatra on May 24, 2016. 

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New York Aquarium Celebrates World Oceans Day
Brooklyn, N.Y.  –  May 31, 2016 – WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) New York Aquarium will support the United Nations’ World Oceans Day with family friendly activities for guests on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Bust of High-Level Ring Laundering Large Marine Animals Leads to Release of 2 Whale Sharks Back Into the Wild
Indonesian government agencies, supported by the Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) of the Wildlife Conservation Society, confiscated and released back into the wild two illegally caught whale sharks from a major supplier of large marine megafauna to the international wildlife trade.

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North American River Otter Pup Debuts at WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo

Brooklyn, N.Y. – May 27, 2016 – A North American river otter pup (Lontra canadensis) has made his public debut at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Prospect Park Zoo. The male otter was born February 14 and has now reached the age where it spends time outside of its birth den.

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	 A Macaque Gets Its Point Across (VIDEO)
Sulawesi, Indonesia (May 26, 2016) First video traps deployed this April by the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi provide striking new footage of iconic wildlife living in the 3500km2 Bogani Nani landscape.

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Bronx Zoo Baby Gorilla UPDATE
Bronx, NY – May 26, 2016 – The baby western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) born at the Bronx Zoo in 2014 and 2015 are a year older and ready for summer. Their playful interactions with their parents and one another give zoo visitors an opportunity to observe the family dynamics and see how their personalities have developed.

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New York – May 19, 2016 – Following the rally and press conference held today on the steps of City Hall, the following statement was issued by John F. Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society):

 

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WCS’s New York Aquarium Presents:Ocean Planning: Sharing NYC's Busy Waters
New York – May 17, 2016 – WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) New York Aquarium will host a panel discussion and interactive tech demonstration about human use, proactive planning, and conservation of New York’s ocean ecosystem on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m.

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Bolivian Gray Titi Monkey Born at WCS’s Bronx Zoo

Bronx, NY – May 13, 2015 – A Bolivian gray titi monkey (Callicebus donacophilus) born in April is now on exhibit at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo. The family of titis live in a mixed-species exhibit in the Bronx Zoo’s World of Birds. Their habitat depicts a South American rainforest and also includes golden lion tamarins and gray-winged trumpeters, a bird species that opportunistically feeds on fruit dropped by primates.

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Poaching of old forest elephant matriarchs threatens rainforests
May 12, 2016—Scientists working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Stirling, and the Amboseli Trust for Elephants say that the high levels of poaching forest elephants will result in a loss of the oldest, wisest matriarchs, who are living libraries of their vast rainforest domain. Without these mothers, forest elephant social lives and their understanding of their ecosystem will be lost. This exacerbates the ongoing loss of ecosystem function already underway by the loss of these most effective seed dispersers and forest gardeners.

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