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Entries for September 2015

North Carolina Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Society’s Collaborative International Conservation Program Recognized with National Award
September 30, 2015 – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announcedthat the North Carolina Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) received AZA’s 2015 Significant Achievement in International Conservation Award for their program to conserve the Critically Endangered Cross River Gorilla. This annual award recognizes exceptional efforts toward regional habitat preservation, species restoration, and support of biodiversity in the wild.

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WCS Statement on New York City Microbeads Ban Legislation

Sept. 30, 2015 – WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli spoke out today in support of legislation introduced by New York City Council including Councilman Dan Garodnick that would ban the sale of products containing plastic “microbeads,” which have been shown to harm waterways and wildlife.  

 

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 September 29 - In Russia, Are Loggers an Owl’s Best Friend?

Can owls and loggers get along? A recent study conducted in Primorye in the southern Russian Far East suggests it’s not only possible, but essential for endangered Blakiston’s fish owls to survive there. The study was conducted by the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the University of Minnesota. 

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Flushing, N.Y. – Sept. 28, 2015 – WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo will host Moo at the Zoo on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farm-themed event will celebrate domestic animals and things related to farm life. 

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Silver Spring, Maryland - September 28, 2015 – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) received Significant Achievement in its 2015 Education Award for its Survey of Educator Attitudes on Science resource. The AZA Education Award recognizes outstanding achievement in educational program design, judging programs on their ability to promote conservation knowledge, attitudes and behavior, show innovation, and measure success.

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Boo at the Zoo: Mystery and Mischief  Begins This Weekend at  WCS’s Bronx Zoo

New York – Sept. 28, 2015 – Boo at the Zoo, New York City’s go-to family-friendly Halloween destination returns to WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo for five weekends in October. This year’s Boo at the Zoo activities are themed around animal behaviors and “Mystery and Mischief” of the world of wildlife. Boo at the Zoo: Mystery and Mischief begins on Saturday, Oct. 3. All attractions and activities will embrace the spirit of the season while highlighting wildlife and conservation. Annual favorites including the hay maze, giant pumpkin carving demos, costume parades, magic and more will return with some additional Halloween surprises.

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United Nations System and International Organizations Applaud Sustainable Development Commitments Made by the World’s Governments to Battle Illegal Wildlife Trade

New York – Sept. 27, 2015 – At an event hosted by the governments of Gabon and Germany and partners, leaders from U.N. member states and international organizations pledged their support today in tackling the growing problem of illegal wildlife trafficking at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo in New York City. 

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Today, the White House issued a fact sheet which states that the United States and Chinese Governments intend to cooperate on a number of vital issues, including efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and a commitment  to ensure each country halts  the domestic commercial sale of ivory.

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How Conservation Action Can Support Sustainable Development Goals
NEW YORK (Sept. 24, 2015) – WCS released an analysis today on the contributions its conservation programs across the globe have on the proposed U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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September 16 - Study: A Lifeline for Sumatran Rhinos (Updated)
The Sumatran rhino – one of the most critically endangered mammals on the planet – may have just received a lifeline.

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