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Entries for June 2010

Flushing, N.Y. – The stars and stripes will be waving, firework displays will be bursting and the smell of barbecue will be in the air on Independence Day this year. While all this is happening, WCS’ Queens Zoo, where all animals are native to the Americas, will be the perfect place to visit this holiday weekend. All exhibits at the Queens Zoo are completely outdoors. The wildlife and exhibits here share the wild heritage of the American continents with visitors from around the globe, making it ...

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The Wildlife Conservation Society sends its sincerest condolences to the individuals involved in Saturday’s accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. At this time, we are unable to comment further on the details of the incident beyond what the NYPD has already released.

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Raiding an illegal trafficking operation, the Indonesian government, WCS, and our conservation partners take a bite out of wildlife crime on Borneo.

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WCS and IUCN launch an international, decade-long action plan to protect eastern chimpanzees by safeguarding 16 crucial areas where their populations number around 48,000 individuals.

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Three suspected orangutan smugglers arrested in Kalimantan WCS’s Wildlife Crime Unit played a key role in arrests NEW YORK (June 22, 2010) – The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today a successful raid by Indonesian authorities in Pontianak, in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, that resulted in the arrest of three suspects who allegedly attempted to illegally sell a baby orangutan. This is one of the first cases in many years against suspected illegal orangutan dealer...

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Zoo-Goers helped name the twins at www.ProspectParkZoo.com Video of Tira and Misu Brooklyn, NY – June 21, 2010 – Recently, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo debuted twin baby Geoffrey’s tamarins that were born just in time for Father’s Day. Zoo-goers were invited to help name the twins on the zoo’s website and the results are in. By popular demand, with a total of 169 votes, the twins are now called Tira and Misu. “In keeping with the delectable names of the parents and s...

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Action Plan by Wildlife Conservation Society and International Union for Conservation of Nature outlines strategy to protect eastern chimpanzee populations NEW YORK (June 21, 2010)—Nations within East and Central Africa have developed a 10-year action plan to save one of humankind’s closest relatives—the eastern chimpanzee—from hunting, habitat loss, disease, and other threats, according to an announcement made today by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) a...

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Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Ocean Giants Program and a member of the IWC’s Scientific Committee, is available for comment on the meeting. WHAT:                 Topics for commentary: Critical habitats for whales (i.e. breeding grounds, feeding grounds, restricted migratory routes) need to be protected through effective national policies.Other factors such as climate change, habitat degradation, and marine pollution may also affect whale populations an...

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“The plight of endangered wildlife and habitats around the world requires an efficient coordination of our government’s resources into a smart strategy, and this bill provides the impetus for that to happen.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 17, 2010 – Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli today applauded the leadership of Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) on the Senate introduction of the Global Conservation Act of 2010...

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This week, WCS scientists are trekking across the vast and remote Alaskan Arctic and deep into the National Petroleum Reserve to explore how best to conserve Arctic wildlife in the midst of expanding energy development. WCS conservationist Steve Zack is chronicling the trip for the New York Times' Scientists at Work blog.

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