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Five commercially valuable shark species, manta rays & freshwater sawfish listed  The following statement was issued today by WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper: The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today celebrates the decision by an historic, broad group of nations from around the world to list five new sharks, freshwater sawfish, and two manta ray species for protection by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This vote is a fi...
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PLOS ONE study with largest dataset on forest elephants ever compiled reveals a loss of more than 60 percent in the past decade Decline documented throughout forest elephant’s range in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Republic of Congo Conservation scientists urge immediate measures to save the species Elephants are being discussed at CITES meeting in Bangk...
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Forest elephants could be extinct in DRC within a decade if current slaughter continues NEW YORK ( Feb. 28, 2013 ) — The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) largest remaining forest elephant population, located in the Okapi Faunal Reserve (OFR), has declined by 37 percent in the last five years, with only 1,700 elephants now remaining, according to wildlife surveys by WCS and DRC officials. WCS scientists warn that if poaching of forest elephan...
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“Battle for the Elephants” premieres Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS NEW YORK (February 26, 2013)— The Wildlife Conservation Society is collaborating with the National Geographic Society on the release of the film “Battle for the Elephants,” which premieres Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS.WCS has partnered with National Geographic on conservation issues for years. In this case, the organization is teaming up with National Geographic ...
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Entire gibbon family is on exhibit in JungleWorld White-cheeked gibbons are a critically endangered species B-roll video available here: http://youtu.be/mY1yfTRofv8 Bronx, NY – Jan. 16, 2013 – A white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) pair watches over their new baby as they hang from the trees in JungleWorld at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. This is the first gibbon born at the Bronx Zoo since 2000. The infan...
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WCS and University of Montana Find Nearly 1,000 Wild Yaks In Remote Tibetan Plateau Once decimated by hunting, wild yaks may be returning Wild yaks are Asia’s third largest land mammal NEW YORK (January 16, 2013) — A team of American and Chinese conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Montana recently counted nearly 1,000 wild yaks from a remote area of the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau. The finding may indicate a comeback for this species, which was decimated by ...
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Wildlife Conservation Society reports good news for iconic big cats in India, Thailand, and Russia Indian tiger numbers soar in Western Ghats Thailand sees record tiger numbers in key protected area Russia develops new anti-poaching laws and protected areas NEW YORK (December 26, 2012)—The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today significant progress for tigers in three key landscapes across the big cat’s range due to bette...
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Indian tiger numbers soar in Western Ghats Thailand sees record tiger numbers in key protected areaRussia develops new anti-poaching laws and protected areas  NEW YORK (December 21, 2012)—The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today significant progress for tigers in three key landscapes across the big cat’s range due to better law enforcement, protection of additional habitat, and strong government partnerships...
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Hatching of five Chinese yellow-headed box turtles is a part of the WCS strategy to save the most critically endangered turtles Fewer than 150 Chinese yellow-headed box turtles remain in the wild Download B-Roll video here: DV Yellow Headed Box Turtle Release.mov Bronx, NY – Dec., 17, 2012 – Five Chinese yellow-headed box turtles have hatched at the WCS Bronx Zoo. The hatchings are a part of WCS’s strategy to save some of the most critically enda...
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WCS CEO Cristián Samper: “We need to protect the source,break the chain and stop demand.” Join the Global Pledge at WildlifePledge.org Washington, D.C. – December 4, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society, in concert with the U.S. State Department, urged citizens around the world to pledge to help stop the illegal wildlife trade on Wildlife Conservation Day, December 4th. The pledge, found online at WildlifePledge.org, was conceived by ...
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