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July 22, 2011
Afghanistan Genetic Study of World’s Largest Sheep Reveals an International Traveler
Wildlife Conservation Society recommends international monitoring, protection needed for Marco Polo sheep NEW YORK (July 22, 2011)—A genetic study of the world’s largest sheep species has revealed that the big-horned animals travel extensively across the moutainous borders of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and China according to Wildlife Conservation Society researchers with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Using a non-invasive...
May 12, 2011
USCIS Holds Children’s Citizenship Ceremony at the WCS Bronx Zoo
Ceremony welcomes 35 children from 14 countries NEW YORK — May 12, 2011 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administered the Oath of Allegiance to 35 children at a special naturalization ceremony at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo on Monday, May 9. USCIS New York District Director Andrea Quarantillo administered the oath to the new citizens who ranged in age from 20 months to 17 years old. John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs,...
February 15, 2011
Statement from WCS on Proposed Elimination of US Forest Service International Programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 15, 2010) – The following statement was released today by John Calvelli, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Vice President for Public Affairs: “Any effort to eliminate funding for the U.S. Forest Service International Programs (FSIP) is short-sighted and would have a negative effect on America’s national security and economic security. “Today, lawmakers in the House of Representatives will attempt to de-fund an office that provides technical assistance i...
January 14, 2011
Snow Leopard Feels Right at Home in the Snow at WCS's Central Park Zoo
New York , NY – Jan. 14, 2011 – A female snow leopard, Zoey, moves through the snow in her exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo. Thick fur and padded feet keep snow leopards insulated and warm in cold weather. Snow leopards have the thickest coat of any large cat, making them well prepared for winter weather. Snow leopards are an endangered species due to hunting and poaching for the fur trade. The Wildlife Conservation Society works to protect snow leopards i...
September 30, 2010
Media Advisory: Author Craig Hatkoff Holds Book Signing at WCS's Central Park Zoo
Leo The Snow Leopard: The True Story of an Amazing Rescue A children’s book that appeals to animal lovers of all ages Signing at Central Park Zoo follows author’s appearance at Ultimate Block Party in Central Park Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, 2:30 p.m. New York, NY – date – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo is hosting author New York Times bestselling author Craig Hatkoff for the debut and signing of his latest non-fiction children’s pictur...
January 13, 2010
WCS Finds "World's Least Known Bird" Breeding in Lost Valley of Afghanistan
NEW YORK (January 13, 2010)—Researchers for the Wildlife Conservation Society have discovered for the first time the breeding area of the large-billed reed warbler—dubbed in 2007 as “the world’s least known bird species”—in the remote and rugged Wakhan Corridor of the Pamir Mountains of north-eastern Afghanistan. Using a combination of astute field observations, museum specimens, DNA sequencing, and the first known audio recording of the species, researchers verified the discovery by capturing...
November 24, 2009
Behind the Binoculars: Q&A with WCS Scientist
Dr. Peter Clyne is an Assistant Director in the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Asia Program, specializing in conservation in the southern part of the continent. We talked to him about his interest in conservation and what he considers to be the most important issues in conservation today.
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 ...
March 18, 2009
Rare Vulture Returns to Cambodian Skies
NEW YORK (March 18, 2009)—After nearly dying from eating a poisoned animal carcass, a critically endangered white-rumped vulture was nursed back to health by wildlife veterinarians and conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) and returned to the skies of Cambodia. The story is a small victory in a region where vultures of several species in Asia have become endangered due to a variety of causes. “Vulture ...
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