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January 29, 2014
Deaths Attributed Directly to Climate Change Cast Pall Over Penguins
World’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins threatened WCS has supported ongoing research here since 1980s New York (Wednesday, January 29, 2014)—Climate change is killing penguin chicks from the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins in Argentine Patagonia, not just indirectly through food deprivation, as has been repeatedly documented for these and other seabirds – but directly as a result of drenching rainstorms and, at other times, heat, according to new findings from the University...
October 08, 2013
Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium Celebrates African Penguin Awareness Day With a Weekend Full of Fun
Saturday, Oct. 12 – Monday, Oct. 14 Activities will focus on this endangered species and its native South African habitat Brooklyn, N.Y. – Oct. 7, 2013- The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is extending African Penguin Awareness Day on October 12 with a weekend full of penguin-themed activities, Saturday, Oct. 12 through Monday, Oct. 14, 12 to 4 p.m. The goal of this event is to raise awareness about the African black-footed penguin (Spheniscus demersus), an endangered species n...
July 08, 2013
World’s Smallest Deer Born at WCS’s Queens Zoo
Flushing, N.Y. – July 8, 2013 – An endangered southern pudu, (Pudu puda), the world’s smallest deer, was born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo. The young doe weighed 1 pound at birth; could weigh as much as 20 pounds as an adult. The fawn is still nursing but will soon transition to fresh leaves, grain, kale, carrots and hay. Pudu have extraordinary characteristics: they will bark when they sense danger and can climb fallen trees. Although small in stature, only 12 to 14 inch...
May 03, 2013
The Southern Right Whale Health Monitoring Program
Why are so many whales dying in Argentine Patagonia? The southern right whales that use Península Valdés, Argentina as a nursery ground have suffered the largest mortality event ever recorded for the species in the world. At least 605 right whales have died along the Argentine coast since 2003, including 538 newborn calves. One hundred and thirteen calves died in 2012 alone. The Southern Right Whale Health Monitoring Program is working with scientists worldwide to determine why the whales a...
December 07, 2012
WCS Urges U.S. to Keep Conservation in Mind during Trade Talks
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Could Include Provisions that Help Curb Wildlife Trafficking in Asia Washington, D.C. – December 7, 2012 – In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, the Wildlife Conservation Society urged the United States government to maintain its commitment to environmental provisions to stop illegal wildlife trade during ongoing trade talks with countries in Southeast Asia. The United States has proposed a binding and enforceable conservation chapter for...
October 12, 2012
New York Aquarium Celebrates African Penguin Awareness Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 13 -14 Brooklyn, N.Y. – Oct. 12, 2012- The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is hosting a full line-up of educational activities to celebrate African Penguin Awareness Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14. The goal of the weekend is to help raise awareness about the African black-footed penguin, an endangered species native to the southern tip of Africa. Activities include: Touch Station – Visitors will see and feel penguin b...
July 24, 2012
Flock to WCS New York Aquarium to See the Newest Avian Addition: a Black-Footed Penguin Chick
The arrival marks the first hatching of this endangered species at the aquarium in 15 years View footage of the penguin Brooklyn, N.Y. – July 24, 2012 – The newest animal to nest at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is a black-footed penguin chick, the first one to hatch in 15 years at the aquarium. Black-footed penguins are endangered, making the chick’s arrival significant not only for the aquarium, but for the species’...
May 08, 2012
A Trio of Black-Necked Swan Cygnets Hatch at WCS’s Bronx Zoo
Bronx, NY – May 8, 2012 – A male black-necked swan swims with three hatchling swans called cygnets in Heart Lake at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. These cygnets will stay close to their parents for almost a year after hatching. While they are small, they ride on the backs of their parents for warmth, transportation, and protection from predators. Carrying cygnets is most pronounced in black-necked and mute swans, but all true swans are known to do this behavior. Swans have sev...
April 11, 2012
WCS and Government of Chile Sign Sweeping Conservation Agreement
"Chile is blessed with some of the world's most beautiful land and seascapes and this country's leadership is taking important steps to protect these natural treasures." Dr. Steven Sanderson, WCS President and CEO SANTIAGO, CHILE, Chile (April 11, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Government of Chile's Ministry of the Environment have agreed to work in cooperation on a range of conservation issues affecting the nation's lands, seas and wetlands.On Tuesday, April 10, WCS repr...
April 11, 2012
WCS y el Gobierno de Chile firman el Acuerdo General de Conservación
"Chile está bendecida con algunos de los paisajes terrestres y marítimos más hermosos del mundo y los líderes de este país están desarrollando medidas importantes para proteger estos tesoros naturales". Dr. Steven Sanderson, Presidente y Director Ejecutivo de WCS SANTIAGO, CHILE, Chile (11 de abril de 2012) – Wildlife Conservation Society y el Ministerio del Medio Ambiente del Gobierno de Chile han acordado en tratar conjuntamente una variedad de asuntos de conservación que afectan las ...
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