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June 20, 2014
New York State Passes Historic Ban on Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn
New York State Makes History: Sends Clear Message to Criminals Benefiting from the Killing off of Elephants and Rhinos Legislation Elevates Penalties; Emphasizes That Poaching of Wildlife Leads to Security Problems in Communities Across the Globe NEW YORK (June 20, 2014) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, and The Humane Society of the United States praised the New York State Legislature today for passing landmark legislation that bans the sale and purch...
June 19, 2014
Canada's Far North at Risk Unless Ontario Adopts New, Inclusive Planning Process: Report
Planning tool unites stakeholders with a focus on sustainable, collaborative development THUNDER BAY, June 19, 2014 — With the Ontario government poised to spend $1 billion to promote development in the Ring of Fire, a new paper from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada and Ecojustice identifies risks inherent in the current planning legislation and provides a solution. Ontario’s Far North is the world’s largest ecologically intact area of boreal forest. It contains North America's...
June 16, 2014
Statement by WCS President and CEO Cristiàn Samper on Recommendations From The President’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking
"As a global community, we must conduct a blitz against wildlife trafficking now or in our lifetime such majestic species as elephants could go extinct in large parts of their range." New York, June 16, 2014 – Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristiàn Samper has issued a statement in strong support of recommendations to implement the U.S. National Strategy for Combatting Wildlife Trafficking submitted this week to the Presidential Task Force co-chaired by Secretaries John ...
June 05, 2014
Save the Elephants
Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, and John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Pubic Affairs, discuss the “96 Elephants” initiative.
June 04, 2014
Indonesian Police Confiscate Protected Wildlife From Illegal Traders in Aceh
New York (June 4, 2014)—Police in Indonesia’s Aceh Province have confiscated a number of illegally held live animals and wildlife parts from the homes of suspected wildlife traffickers, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. The Aceh Police—led by Second Police Officer Afrinal and Chief Police Officer Brigadier Roni Asmui—conducted their raid on May 27-28th, working in tandem with WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU), the SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme), and the Ministry o...
June 04, 2014
World Environment Day on the Roof of the World
Afghanistan Celebrates Event in New Wakhan National ParkPark is Home to Endangered Snow Leopards and Giant Marco Polo SheepNEW YORK (June 4, 2014) — World Environment Day, held this Thursday, June 5th, is a global event, but perhaps the most remarkable celebration will be held among the high, snow-capped mountains and lush valleys of Wakhan District in Afghanistan. This area, known locally as the ‘Roof of the World,’ is mostly above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). It is the most remote and isolated...
May 29, 2014
Elephant Conservation Success Stories to Celebrate and Replicate
While the news about elephants has not been hopeful, there are bright spots in Africa and Asia, writes WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper. In three national parks in the Republic of Congo, for instance, poaching has been prevented and elephant numbers have remained steady for almost a decade.
May 23, 2014
WCS, Along with Flagship Bronx Zoo, Celebrating #WorldTurtleDay
Follow @TheWCS and @JimBreheny to see cool turtle picsNew York (May 23, 2014)—The Wildlife Conservation Society, including its flagship Bronx Zoo, is celebrating World Turtle Day with its continued commitment to saving this increasingly threatened group of animals. “The Wildlife Conservation Society makes turtle conservation a priority every day of the year,” said Jim Breheny, WCS Executive Vice President and Bronx Zoo Director. “It’s on World Turtle Day that we make the added effort to increase...
May 23, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Opens Komodo Dragon Exhibit in Zoo Center
Komodo dragons make first return to the Bronx since the 1950s Exhibit also features rock monitors, tree monitors, and water monitors Carefully replicated habitats demonstrate diverse landscapes where lizards live B-Roll Download:Bronx Zoo Komodo Dragons b-roll.mov YouTubeVideo:http://youtu.be/jcKpcIl5YyQvBronx, NY – May 23, 2014 – Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of the WCS Bronx Zoo’s newest habitat, “Amazing Monitors,” which features Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) – the world’s lar...
May 13, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo To Host First Ever “Bronx Zoo Birdathon”
Birders of all experience levels welcome Chat with WCS bird experts to learn about migratory birds, conservation, and other species in the zoo The Bronx Zoo Birdathon includes early access to the zoo and all-day admission Saturday, May 17Experienced bird-watchers start at 7am; Families and novice bird-watchers start at 8:30 Birdathon registration is now open:www.bronxzoo.com Bronx, NY – May 6, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo will host the first ever “Bronx Zoo Birdathon” on ...
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