Op-Ed & Blog
News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
Op-Ed & Blog
Entries for July 2014
July 30, 2014
Conservation scientists asking the wrong questions when considering the impacts of climate change on wildlife
Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Queensland, and others urge more focus on more imminent threats New York (July 30, 2014)—Scientists studying the potential effects of climate change on the world’s animal and plant species are focusing on the wrong factors, according to a new paper by a research team from the Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Queensland, and other organizations. The authors claim that most of the conservation science is missing the point when it comes to cl...
July 28, 2014
A Herd of Endangered Turkmenian Markhor Added to Wild Asia Habitats At the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo
Impressive spiral-horned goats demonstrate diversity of Asian wildlifeB-roll download here:Bronx Zoo Markhor 2014 b-roll.movBronx, NY – July 28, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has added a herd of endangered Turkmenian flare-horned markhor (Capra falconeri hepterni) to the expansive habitats along the Wild Asia Monorail.The markhor is a unique species of goat found in the mountains of Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. They inhabit upper elevations, wi...
July 25, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo Welcomes Three New American Bison
WCS supports legislation to make bison the national mammal Flushing, N.Y. – July 25, 2014 – The herd of American bison (Bison bison) at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Queens Zoo just got bigger with the addition of three new females from the Bronx Zoo. Including the new additions, the Queens Zoo is home to seven bison. They share a prairie exhibit with pronghorn, an antelope-like species that is also native to North America. Bison are large, majestic mammals that live in large herds ...
July 24, 2014
New Study Draws Links Between Wildlife Loss and Social Conflicts
Authors say wildlife loss leads to exploitative labor practices, violence, and organized crime Study’s recommendations call for multi-disciplinary approach to understand underlying causes and far-ranging effects of wildlife loss (NEW YORK-JULY 24, 2014) – Citing many sobering examples of how wildlife loss leads to conflict among people around the world, a new article co-authored by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL) Program Director Dr. Chri...
July 24, 2014
Mother India Cannot Survive Without Grandmother Nature
In a blog for the Huffington Post, K. Ullas Karanth, Regional Science Director with WCS's Asia Program, challenges India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, to balance economic development with natural resource protection.
July 23, 2014
WCS Helps Belize Put Eyes in the Sky
With technical assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Belize Fisheries Department initiated a new monitoring program using unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e. conservation drones) to curtail unsustainable levels of illegal fishing.
July 22, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society Helps Safeguard Belize’s Barrier Reef With Conservation Drones
With technical assistance from WCS, the Belize Fisheries Department initiated a new monitoring program using conservation drones to curtail unsustainable levels of illegal fishing.
July 21, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo Debuts Roosevelt Elk Calf
Flushing, N.Y. – July 21, 2014 – ATTACHED PHOTO: A Roosevelt elk calf (Cervus canadensis roosevelti) born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo has joined the rest of the herd on the zoo’s woodland habitat. Born on June 10, the male calf brings the total number of elk in the herd to five. Roosevelt elk weigh approximately 25 pounds at birth. Adult bulls can weigh up to 1,100 pounds, while adult cows can reach 700 pounds. Roosevelt elk are the largest sub-species of elk and one of t...
July 18, 2014
Triplet North American River Otter Pups Debut At the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo
B-Roll Download >> PPZ North American River Otters 2014-gh.mov Brooklyn, N.Y. – July 18, 2014 – Three North American river otter pups (Lontra canadensis) have made their public debut at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo. The three otters are all male and were born on February 25. The pups have yet to be named. “North American river otters are a species whose range includes New York and these three new Brooklynites provide an opportunity for us to educate pe...
July 15, 2014
The Wildlife Conservation Society Celebrates World Snake Day
WCS’s New York Zoos maintain 50 species of snakes New York (July 15, 2014)—The Wildlife Conservation Society and its flagship Bronx Zoo are celebrating World Snake Day (Wednesday, July 16th) with its continuing efforts to educate the public about this amazing group of reptiles. “Numbering more than 3,400 species worldwide, snakes occupy a wide range of tropical and temperate ecosystems, including deserts, mountains summits, and even marine environments. Since 2008, 309 new snake species have be...
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