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Once decimated by hunting, wild yaks appear to be rebounding in parts of Tibet. During a recent expedition to the country’s Qinghai Plateau, WCS and Chinese conservationists counted nearly 1,000 individuals.
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WCS and University of Montana Find Nearly 1,000 Wild Yaks In Remote Tibetan Plateau Once decimated by hunting, wild yaks may be returning Wild yaks are Asia’s third largest land mammal NEW YORK (January 16, 2013) — A team of American and Chinese conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Montana recently counted nearly 1,000 wild yaks from a remote area of the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau. The finding may indicate a comeback for this species, which was decimated by ...
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Christmas came early for caribou and other denizens of the Arctic when the federal government announced a balanced plan for a huge tract of land in Alaska. Blueprints for the NPR-A ensure protection for wetlands and migratory pathways utilized by birds and mammals, America's reindeer among them. 
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Donate a new toy for children affected by Hurricane Sandy, and receive a ticket to the Bronx Zoo  New York – December 5, 2012– The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park and Queens Zoos will hold ‘Presents to the Animals’ events in December   The schedule at Prospect Park Zoo is: Saturdays and Sundays in December, 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. December 8/9: baboons at both times December 15/16: golden lion tamarins and Pallas’s cats December 22/23: meerkats and mongo...
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First range-wide study of bowhead whale genetics finds much genetic diversity lost during age of commercial whaling Canadian pack ice no barrier to ice-savvy bowheads crossing between oceans NEW YORK (October 18, 2012)—Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, City University of New York, and other organizations have published the first range-wide genetic analysis of the bowhead whale using hundreds of samples from both modern populations...
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Scientists celebrate as pronghorn locate and use newly constructed highway overpasses that safeguard wildlife and motorists alike Wildlife Conservation Society data inform locations for major Wyoming road construction projects Longest overland migration in United States to be a safer one Download full resolution footage hereBOZEMAN (October 15, 2012) –Scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced the successful use of newly constructed overpasses that provide safe passa...
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Teens can win prizes by producing a 30-60 second video advocating for the bison to become to the National Mammal Visit VoteBison.org to cast your vote Bronx, N.Y. – October 1, 2012 – The Vote Bison coalition, which is campaigning to make the bison the National Mammal of the United States, issued a call for teen-created videos that tell Americans why the bison deserves their votes. The coalition is asking teens (ages 13-19) to create and submit a 30-60 second public service announcement (P...
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JOINT STATEMENT ISSUED ON ESTABLISHMENT OF TRANSBOUNDARY PROTECTED AREA IN BERINGIA "Nowhere is cross-cultural collaboration needed more than in the rapidly changing Arctic.”–WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper Beringia spans both land and sea along U.S. and Russian border and teems with wildlife from whales and walruses, to caribou, musk oxen, and vast flocks of migratory birds NEW YORK (September 14, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced suppo...
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First elk born at the zoo since 2003 Flushing, N.Y. – Sept. 7, 2012– A Roosevelt elk calf was born at the Queens Zoo in July. The male calf, born to mother Olympia, is the first Roosevelt elk calf to be born at the zoo since 2003. Mother and calf live on the zoo’s plains with four other Roosevelt elk.  Roosevelt elk are the largest sub-species of elk and are one of the largest-bodied animals in North America. They have distinctive coats with a dark brown hea...
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WCS President and CEO, Dr. Cristián Samper, delivered the following keynote speech during the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea. His speech may be read below.Martha's Legacy:The past, present and future of species, ecosystems and human livelihoods"On September 1, 1914, nearly 100 years ago, the last passenger pigeon passed away in a cage in the Cincinnati Zoo after many years in captivity. Her name was Martha. She was the last of her kind and with her, this extraordinary...
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