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September 09, 2014
It's the Wild West in East Africa
On a recent trip to Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve, WCS Presdient and CEO Cristián Samper and Alastair Nelson, WCS Mozambique Country Director, traveled by helicopter to bear witness to an elephant that had been killed just hours earlier. Unfortunately this is not unusual for the area, but the Mozambique government and WCS are integrating resources and staff to protect Niassa's elephants.
September 08, 2014
Canon presents: Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs At The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo
Safe, family-friendly activities include: Jack O ‘Lantern Illumination – Creatures of the Night walkthrough experience; 3-D Pumpkin Carving Demos and Displays, Broadway Cast Member Appearances; Costume Parade, Music, Magic, Crafts, and MORE Boo at the Zoo festivities run FIVE weekends beginning Saturday, Oct 4 and include Columbus Day and HalloweenOct. 4-5, 11-13, 18-19, 25-26, 31, and Nov. 1-2New York – Sept. 8, 2014 – Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs is returning to the Wildlife Conservat...
August 28, 2014
Seventeen Rare Siamese Crocodiles Released in Lao PDR by WCS and Partners
Fewer than 1,000 critically endangered Siamese crocodiles remain in the wild NEW YORK (August 28, 2014) – The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today the successful release of 17 juvenile critically endangered Siamese crocodiles into a protected wetland in Lao PDR. The one-to-two-year-old crocodiles, which range between 50-100 cm (20-39 inches) in length, were raised in facilities managed by local communities working with WCS to protect the endangered reptiles and their habitat. The juven...
August 19, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Debuts Two Rare Snow Leopard Cubs
Cubs are on exhibit at Himalayan Highlands See the video:http://youtu.be/sliAFsdTd7Q B-Roll Download:Bronx Zoo Snow Leopard Cubs B-roll.mov Bronx, NY – August 19, 2014 – Two rare snow leopard cubs (Panthera uncia) have made their public debut at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. WCS’s Bronx Zoo is a world leader in snow leopard husbandry and participates in the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal po...
August 13, 2014
Biologists from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico Collaborate for North America’s Fastest Land Animal
New Pronghorn Management Guides share latest science, inform issues impacting species BOZEMAN (August 13, 2014) – Biologists from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have collaborated for the first time to produce recommendations to protect and manage North America’s fastest land mammal – the pronghorn. Pronghorn are endemic to North America and numbered an estimated 35 million in the early 19th century. Today, about 700,000 remain and more than half of those live in Wyoming. The guides provide the l...
August 12, 2014
Governor Cuomo Signs Historic Ban on Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn
New Law Elevates Penalties on Criminals Profiting From Killing of Elephants and Rhinos NEW YORK (August 12, 2014) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Humane Society of the United States, and The Nature Conservancy applaud New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for signing a state ban on the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horn today on World Elephant Day. Governor Cuomo signed into law a two-house bill formulated to address New York State’s statu...
August 01, 2014
Scientists Name New Species of Cetacean: The Australian Humpback Dolphin
Study of dolphin group produces taxonomic clarity and a new member Distribution of Australian humpback dolphin coincides with the Wallace Line, a zoological barrier first proposed by the co-conceiver of evolution by natural selection New York (August 1, 2014)—Scientists examining a taxonomically confused group of marine mammals have officially named a species new to science: the Australian humpback dolphin, Sousa sahulensis, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and Clymene Enterprises....
August 01, 2014
WCS Applauds Senate Passage of Bill Renewing Wildlife Stamp
The stamp, which expired at the end of 2013, has raised more than $2.5 million for conservation since 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 1, 2014) -- The following statement was issued by John Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Executive Vice President of Public Affairs following the Senate’s passage of the Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MSCF) Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act:“By passing this bill, U.S. Senators took action to engage the American people in the fight to save ...
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...
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...
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