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Madagascar & Western Indian Ocean
May 23, 2013
Slow and Steady, Turtles Gain Ground
WCS builds assurance colonies in its zoos and in the field to help restore endangered turtles May 23, Thursday: World Turtle Day NEW YORK (May 23, 2013) — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today progress in its effort to restore some of the world’s most endangered turtles , an effort that combines the creation of assurance colonies at its zoos with in-country field conservation work. The announcement comes on World Turtle Day – a global celebration to bring...
May 02, 2013
Tortoise Trafficking Raging Out of Control in Madagascar
Conservation groups urge authorities to clamp down on black market trade Since the beginning of the year, more than 1,000 individual tortoises have been seized from would-be smugglers NEW YORK (May 2, 2013) — Illegal trafficking of two critically endangered tortoise species from Madagascar has reached epidemic proportions, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Turtle Survival Alliance, Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, Turtle Conservancy, Cons...
March 14, 2013
WCS to Congress: Investment in International Conservation Benefits U.S. Interests Abroad
WCS testimony at FY14 budget hearing emphasizes how conservation helps achieve U.S. national security and economic objectives in foreign policy Burma, Afghanistan, South Sudan among the places where conservation investments pay off Washington, D.C. – March 14, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) pressed for modest but consistent funding for international conservation in the next federal budget in testimony given to Congress today. WCS was invited to testify before the ...
February 06, 2013
WCS Announces the 5th Annual WCS Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo
WCS Run for the Wild is presented by Amarula Cream Liqueur and Con Edison Annual 5k run/walk is dedicated to saving elephants from the worst poaching crisis in two decades Registration open at www.wcsrunforthewild.org Bronx Zoo Event Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013 From now through April 27 WCS Run for the Wild: World helps those around ...
February 04, 2013
Another Valentine’s Day, Another Cockroach
Name one of the Bronx Zoo’s Madagascar hissing cockroaches after your Valentine Nothing says “forever” like a cockroach from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Visit www.bronxzoo.com/roach Bronx, NY – Feb. 1, 2013 – Birds do it; bees do it; even Madagascar hissing cockroaches do it. The Madagascar hissing cockroaches at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo have had a busy year breeding, and there are thousands o...
December 05, 2012
Madagascar Gets Tough with Poachers
WCS congratulates authorities for clamping down on illegal harvest of sea cucumbers Local communities are helping fend off illegal fishing activities NEW YORK (December 5, 2012) — The Wildlife Conservation Society congratulates Madagascar’s Ministry of Fisheries and local communities around Ankarea Marine Protected Area (MPA) for working together to eliminate illegal sea cucumber harvesting from an area known for highest coral...
October 22, 2012
Crested Coua Chick Hatches At WCS’s Central Park Zoo
Hatching of bird species is a significant husbandry success Fewer than 40 crested couas live in U.S. zoos Bronx, NY – Oct. 22, 2012 – ATTACHED PHOTO: A rare crested coua chick is hand-reared in an off-exhibit area at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo. The chick displays the markings on the inside of its mouth as it prepares to receive food from its caretaker. These markings are unique for each individual chick and fade as the bird matures. The marki...
August 17, 2012
Mighty Makira: Madagascar’s Wild Haven
The government of Madagascar has officially created Makira Natural Park, the nation’s largest protected area and a haven for lemurs. Having vied for this safeguard for more than a decade, WCS applauds this watershed moment in the country’s history.
August 17, 2012
Government of Madagascar Reaches Milestone with Creation of Nation’s Largest Protected Area
Wildlife Conservation Society commends Madagascar for creation of Makira Natural Park New park contains 20 lemur species NEW YORK (August 17, 2012)—The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the government of Madagascar for recently creating Makira Natural Park, now the island nation’s largest protected area and home to the highest diversity of lemur species on the planet. Makira Natural Park represents an important milestone toward ac...
June 01, 2012
Two Lemurs, Born this Spring, Debut at WCS's Bronx Zoo
Coquerel’s sifaka and collared lemur join the Bronx Zoo’s Madagascar! exhibit View the videos at: http://youtu.be/psckL953QZM (sifaka) http://youtu.be/YbX1XGC5_UE (collared lemur) Bronx, NY – June 1, 2012 – ATTACHED PHOTOS: A Coquerel’s sifaka, born this spring, clings to its mother’s back as she perches on a branch in the Madagascar! exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. A collared lemur, also born this spring, curls up to its mother as...
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