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June 09, 2009
Camera Traps Capture Afghanistan Snow Leopards
Wildlife Conservation Society researchers working with local community rangers in Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor recently captured several elusive snow leopards – digitally that is. Using remote cameras that automatically photograph animals when an infrared beam is tripped, the WCS team has taken a total of 22 snow leopard images so far. Afghanistan is thought to only have about 100 snow leopards left in the country, but the fact that 4 out of 5 camera traps captured snow leopard images suggest...
June 03, 2009
Government of Afghanistan Releases Its First-Ever List of Protected Species
From snow leopards, to rare elm trees, more than 30 species now safeguardedWildlife Conservation Society, with funding from USAID, served as scientific advisors in compiling the list KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (June 3, 2009) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today that the Afghanistan’s National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA), in an effort to safeguard its natural heritage, has released the country’s first-ever list of protected species now banned from hunting or harvest.The wid...
June 03, 2009
New Rights for Afghan Wildlife
With scientific advice from WCS, the government of Afghanistan releases its first-ever list of protected wildlife and plants, which includes snow leopards, wolves, elm trees, and 30 other species.
April 22, 2009
New Park for Afghanistan
Afghanistan has announced some rare good news: the establishment of its first national park. The park, known as Band-e-Amir, will protect one of the country’s best-known natural areas.
April 15, 2009
Afghanistan Declares Its First National Park
USAID funding of Wildlife Conservation Society research helped drive park’s creation Band-e-Amir Park will safeguard spectacular system of natural lakes KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, April 22, 2009 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) applauded Afghanistan’s National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA), which announced today the establishment of the country’s first internationally recognized national park. USAID provided key funding ...
December 19, 2008
WCS’s Schaller Wins Award for Chinese Conservation
NEW YORK (December 18, 2008)—The Wildlife Conservation Society’s own Dr. George Schaller—the world’s leading field biologist and conservationist—has been awarded the China Environment Prize for his efforts to study and protect China’s giant pandas, Tibetan antelope, and the wild places where they exist. Schaller is a Senior Conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Asia Programs and has worked with the Bronx Zoo-based organization for over 50 years. He has worked in China for much...
July 02, 2008
Shopping 101 for Soldiers
During Annual Safety Day at Fort Drum, WCS teaches soldiers about illegal wildlife trade products to help protect endangered species in countries where they are stationed.
June 26, 2008
WCS Trains U.S. Military About Illegal Wildlife Issues
NEW YORK (June 26, 2008) – The Wildlife Conservation Society helped train thousands of U.S. military about the trade in illegal wildlife last week in Fort Drum, New York. The training was part of the 13th Annual Safety Day, put on by the Fort Drum Command Safety Office to promote safety awareness and provide information on wellness and health.WCS held an exhibit at the event displaying examples of illegal wildlife products from endangered species confiscated by the New York State Department of E...
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