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Entries for July 2013

Wildlife Conservation Society study finds impending economic growth and climate change impacts require long-term adaptation efforts to conserve Myanmar’s unique biodiversity NEW YORK (July 30, 2013)—Long isolated by economic and political sanctions, Myanmar returns to the international community amid high expectations and challenges associated with protecting the country’s great natural wealth from the impacts of economic growth and climate change. In a new study, scientists from the Wi...

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Washington, DC – July 30, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) applauded the results of the Fiscal Year 2014 markups held last week by the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations as well as both full Appropriations Committees, which recommended solid support for key biodiversity and anti-poaching conservation programs. The Senate-produced spending bill designates $225 million for the U.S. Agency for International Development Biodiversity Program, ...

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Dr James Watson, director of WCS’s Global Climate Change Program, explains that to understand the impacts of climate change on wildlife, we must first address the ways in which humans are changing their behaviors in response to the warming planet.

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Follow @JimBreheny to get first look at the news and pictures from WCS’s zoos, aquarium, and conservation work Bronx, NY – July 29, 2013 – The attached photo was tweeted by Jim Breheny (@JimBreheny), Director of the Bronx Zoo and WCS Executive Vice President and General Director of the WCS Zoos and Aquarium. Two California sea lions are seen in an impromptu water ballet at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. All five WCS wildlife parks in New York City – Bronx Zoo, Central Park ...

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Categories: Species, Protect, Lions

WCS’s John Calvelli, Exec. Vice President for Public Affairs, describes the momentum building to save elephants as U.S. lawmakers begin to understand how the poaching crisis is impacting not just wildlife, but security, diplomacy, development, and conservation as well.

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Rhino calf visible from zoo’s Wild Asia Monorail See the video:http://youtu.be/0ckbLpM1tc4 Bronx, NY – July 26, 2013 – A greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), or Indian rhino calf, born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is making its public debut in Wild Asia.The gestation period for an Indian rhino is 16 months. The female calf weighed around 120 pounds at birth on April 6 and will grow to approximately 4,000 pounds as an adult. Her mother and father are Penn...

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NEW YORK (July 26, 2013)—Marine scientists and veterinarians from the Wildlife Conservation Society teamed up with volunteers from Belize and Google for this year’s annual sea turtle survey in the coastal waters of Belize. The project, conducted in collaboration with the Belize Fisheries Department, received some key support from staff of Google, Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Environmental Research Institute (University of Belize) as they assisted in the sighting, capture, tagging, and release...

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WCS staff and Belizean volunteers joined Google staff volunteers to survey sea turtles at the heart of the largest coral reef system in the Western Hemisphere.

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Government-NGO Partnership Plays Key Role Trafficker handed down five-year sentence NEW YORK (July 25) — A notorious kingpin in elephant poaching and ivory trafficking in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Ghislain “Pepito” Ngondjo, was sentenced on July 15 to five years in jail by the Congolese Supreme Court, an extraordinary victory in the fight to save Africa’s forest elephants. The conviction was the culmination of years of investigation by the Government ...

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A new study by WCS reveals that the proliferation of the cashmere garment industry poses dangers to wildlife, including snow leopards, wild yak, Tibetan antelope, gazelles, and kiang, pictured here.

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