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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...
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 12, 2014
Good News for the Good Guys
Aceh provincial police took big steps for elephants, when they arrested two suspects in possession of ivory, elephant teeth and elephant bone early in May.
May 09, 2014
Ivory Traders Arrested by Aceh Police in Indonesia
Traders supplied live orangutans, along with a live tiger cub and skins from tigers, clouded leopards, and golden cats Arrest was made by Aceh Provincial Police (Polda Aceh) with technical assistance from WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit NEW YORK (May 9, 2014) – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit announced today that Aceh police arrested two wildlife traders selling ivory, elephant bones, live orangutans, a live tiger cub, and other wildlife. WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit operates...
May 08, 2014
Conservation leader from Malaysia wins 2014 Whitley Award
“Green Oscar” awarded for conservation of Borneo’s iconic great apes London, UK: 8 May 2014 – HRH The Princess Royal will today present a Whitley Award, a prestigious international nature conservation prize, to Melvin Gumal at a special ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in honour of his work to conserve orang-utans in Sarawak.Melvin Gumal is one of eight exceptional individuals to have been awarded a share of prize funding worth £280,000 by the Whitley Fund for Nature, winning the W...
April 03, 2014
Don’t fence me in!
Study in Journal Science Says: fences can cause “ecological meltdown” of wildlife NEW YORK (3 April 2014) - Wildlife fences are constructed for a variety of reasons including to prevent the spread of diseases, protect wildlife from poachers, and to help manage small populations of threatened species. Human–wildlife conflict is another common reason for building fences: Wildlife can damage valuable livestock, crops, or infrastructure, some species carry diseases of agricultural concern, and a few...
March 18, 2014
Tiny Hatchlings Released in Indonesia
On a remote and protected Indonesian beach, strange birds and sea turtle hatchlings were recently released into the wild – over thirty olive ridely sea turtles and two maleos, their adult counterparts shown here.
March 13, 2014
Photo Release: Strange Bird and Sea Turtle Hatchlings Released on Protected Indonesian Beach
Sulawesi coastal area serves as critical nesting ground for maleos and olive ridley sea turtles NEW YORK (March 13, 2014)—Working on a remote and protected beach in Indonesia, conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and PALS—a local partner organization—recently celebrated the release of rare animal hatchlings into the wild, part of a plan to save the olive ridley sea turtle and an extraordinary bird called the maleo. On February 23 on Sulawesi’s Binerean Cape, conservation mana...
February 19, 2014
In Indonesia, a New Law Protects Manta Rays
Ray populations in Indonesia face serious threats from overfishing, but recently the government has taken action to ensure their future.
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