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News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
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East African Forests & Savannah
September 26, 2013
WCS Supports Clinton Global Initiative With “96 Elephants” Campaign
96 elephants are killed every day in AfricaCampaign supports and amplifies Clinton Global Initiative to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demandCampaign calls for U.S. moratorium on ivory sales, bolsters elephant protection, educates public about ivory trade consumptionU.S. is a major importer of ivoryCampaign URL: www.96elephants.orgNEW YORK (September, 26, 2013) — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today a campaign to amplify and support the Clinton Global Initiativ...
July 22, 2013
Hunting Pushing Central African Forests Toward Ecological Collapse
Loss of elephants, gorillas and other species threatens long-term persistence of forests Study by the Universities of Stirling, Oxford, Queensland, and WCS warn of imminent ecological collapse caused by unsustainable huntingand other factors NEW YORK (July 22, 2013)—Scientists from the Universities of Stirling, Oxford, Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society warn that current hunting trends in Central African forests could result in complete ecological collapse. The authors maintain ...
May 24, 2013
WCS’s New York Aquarium: Partially Reopens Saturday, May 25
WCS New York Aquarium Helps Coney Island Recover from Hurricane Sandy, Provides an Economic Stimulus to this Historic Neighborhood and Tourist DestinationCouncil Member Recchia: “Families from all over the city will benefit from the return of our beloved aquarium, as will the local economy." Coney Island, Brooklyn, May 24, 2013 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society will partially reopen the New York Aquarium to the public, this Saturday, May 25, after seven months of closure following the devasta...
March 11, 2013
In East Africa: Empty Skies
For the first time in 30 years, WCS's Bird Coordinator, Steve Zack, is traveling in East Africa, where he can't help but notice a void of vultures. Zack shines a light on the dangers plaguing these incredible birds of prey, among them unintentional poisoning.
March 08, 2013
Conservationists to CITES: Stop Trade in Wild Cheetahs
Cheetahs taken from wild are sold as pets Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda will bring up issue at CITES, held through March 14 in Bangkok, Thailand BANGKOK, THAILAND (March 8, 2013) — The Wildlife Conservation Society, Zoological Society of London, and Endangered Wildlife Trust have joined representatives from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda at the Convention on Inte...
February 26, 2013
WCS’s New York Aquarium Slated For Partial Reopening in Late Spring of this Year
Coney Island, Brooklyn, February 25, 2013 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society plans to partially reopen the hurricane-damaged New York Aquarium in late spring of this year. The partial reopening will include Glover’s Reef; exhibits in Conservation Hall (Coral Triangle of Fiji, Great Lakes of East Africa, and the Flooded Forests of the Amazon); outdoor spaces of Sea Cliffs (walrus, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins); and a fully re-modeled Aquatheater with a new sea lion demonstr...
January 09, 2013
The Poaching of Elephants and Rhinos
WCS's President and CEO wrote a letter to the editor of
The New York Times
to address wildlife poaching. Referencing several recent
articles on the topic, he reiterated the importance of addressing wildlife crime at its source.
October 25, 2012
REPORT: Across Southern Africa, Illegal Hunting and Bushmeat Trade Threaten Large Regions with Ecological Collapse
Lions, cheetah, leopard, and wild dog particularly vulnerable Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states take first steps to tackle looming conservation crisis View the report>> JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (October 25, 2012) – A recent report says illegal hunting of wildlife in South African Development Community (SADC) states can lead to the eradication of many species across extensive areas a...
June 28, 2012
WCS Applauds Government for Rejection of International Trade in Ivory from Threatened Elephant Populations
A Statement Issued by Dr. James Deutsch, Executive Director for the Africa Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society NEW YORK (June 28, 2012)—“Gabon becomes the second African country, after Kenya, to completely reject the ivory trade by burning their valuable stockpiles of confiscated and recovered elephant ivory. When Kenya first did this in 1989, it helped lead to an international ban on trade in ivory, and that led to a collapse in the price of ivory and a remarkable rec...
April 19, 2012
Ethiopia’s Cheetahs, Wild Dogs, and Lions Get National Action Plans
Plans are first steps to manage and conserve Ethiopia’s large carnivores Action plans released at press conference in Ethiopia NEW YORK (April 19, 2012) – Three of Ethiopia’s large carnivores – the cheetah, wild dog, and lion – received much-needed action plans today to address future conservation of these imperiled predators, which are increasingly threatened by development and human-related activities.The plans, endorsed by Dr. Kifle, Director General of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation A...
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