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November 07, 2014
Laos’ Nam Nern Night Safari Wins Prestigious World Responsible Tourism People's Choice Award At World Travel Mart, London
This is the second award that the project has won in two years Ecotour developed by Wildlife Conservation Society in cooperation with the Government of Lao PDR and partner communities Tour provides direct incentives for wildlife conservation by linking the revenue earned by communities with the numbers of wildlife seen Sambar deer, civets, barking deer, otter, tiger tracks, Asian golden cat, dhole, sun bear, python, loris, Chinese serow, hog badger...
November 05, 2014
A Fraction of Global Military Spending Could Save the Planet’s Biodiversity, Say Experts
Only One in Four Protected Areas is Well Managed Gland, Switzerland, 6 November 2014 – A fundamental step-change involving an increase in funding and political commitment is urgently needed to ensure that protected areas deliver their full conservation, social and economic potential, according to an article published today in Nature by experts from Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Queensland, and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). The paper, The performance ...
November 03, 2014
Award-Winning New E-book to Benefit WCS Tiger Work
20 Ways To Track A Tiger is a multi-sensory e-book experience about the survival of a wild Indian tigress and her two cubs in the Indian jungle E-book features videos, photo galleries, original music and jungle sounds Book is based on author, explorer, and filmmaker Carol J. Amore’s real-life experience documenting tigers in India’s Bandhavgarh Tiger ReserveTo see a video preview of the book, click here NEW YORK (November 3, 2014) – A new multi-sensory e-book based on the real-life experienc...
October 31, 2014
Strange, Fanged Deer Persists in Afghanistan
WCS study confirms that endangered musk deer still live in Nuristan Province – some 60 years after last sighting Species targeted by poachers: Musk deer scent glands are more valuable than gold Study appears in the October issue of the journal Oryx NEW YORK (October 31, 2014) – More than 60 years after its last confirmed sighting, a strange deer with vampire-like fangs still persists in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan according to a research team led by the Wildlife Conser...
October 30, 2014
Tiger Traders Busted in Indonesia
With the help of WCS's Wildlife Crimes Unit, the Indonesian authorities arrested two traders allegedly involved in the shipment of one whole tiger skin, two stuffed tiger paws, one stuffed tiger head, and a tiger claw. The arrests took place near Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, one of the most important sites globally for Sumatran tiger.
October 20, 2014
Save Vanishing Species postage stamp is now back on sale at U.S. Post Offices
Congress Recently Renewed Stamp that Raised More Than $2.5 Million for Conservation Since 2011 at No Taxpayer Expense Purchase the Stamp Online at shop.usps.com WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 20, 2014) – The Save Vanishing Species postage stamp, also known as the Tiger Stamp, is back on sale at U.S. Post Offices and online after being reauthorized by Congress earlier this year. The stamp costs 60 cents, 11 cents more than a regular first-class stamp. The extra 11 cents from the sale of every stamp g...
September 24, 2014
Protecting African Elephants: What a Year Can Accomplish
At the Clinton Global Initiative, John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, looks back on the accomplishments that have been achieved in the last year to protect African elephants. Those include the successful 96 Elephants campaign in the United States, social media outreach efforts in China, and the newly passed New York and New Jersey State bans on ivory.
September 23, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society Reports on Successes in Saving African Elephants At Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting
96 Elephants campaign helps achieve ivory bans in New York and New Jersey and expand social media impact in China96 Elephants sparks 672,500 emails to officials in support of elephantsCGI launches The Elephant Action Network to increase conservation partners and monitor successes NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2014)—The Wildlife Conservation Society reported today at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting a number of encouraging gains achieved over the past year in the fight to save Africa’s eleph...
September 23, 2014
Dale Miquelle: Saving Tigers in the Russian Far East
NEW YORK (September 23, 2014) – Dale Miquelle, Director for the WCS Russia Program and a leading researcher on Amur (Siberian) tigers, recently sat down with WCS colleagues to share these insights about his work in the Russian Far East. Q: What is your focus in the Russian Far East and can you tell us more about where you are stationed and how long you have been there? DM: I have been in the Russia since 1992. The Siberian tiger is actually misnamed, as it actually occurs almost ex...
September 11, 2014
STUDY: CAT BITES DOG
In India’s human dominated landscapes, the number one prey for leopards is man’s best friend NEW YORK (September 11, 2014) – A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society reveals that in India’s human dominated agricultural landscapes, where leopards prowl at night, it’s not livestock that’s primarily on the menu – it is man’s best friend. The study, which looked at scat samples for leopards in India’s Ahmednagar’s district in Maharashtra, found that 87 percent of their diet was made up o...
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