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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...
February 18, 2014
Scientists in Brazil Mark and Release 15,000 Baby Turtles in Mass Hatching
Effort led by WCS and Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation Mass hatching event for the Giant South American river turtle produces more than 200,000 hatchlings NEW YORK (February 10, 2014)—Turtle biologists seeking to learn more about threatened and endangered turtles in Brazil’s Abufari Biological Reserve recently hit the mother lode—a mass hatching event producing an estimated 210,000 baby turtles, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Chico Mendes Institute fo...
February 04, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo Debuts Geoffroy’s Marmoset Twins
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Feb. 4, 2014 – PHOTO: Two young Geoffroy’s marmosets (Callithrix geoffroyi) perch on a branch in their exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo.The twins were born to first-time parents who arrived at the Prospect Park Zoo last year. Gordon, a 2-year-old male, and Xing, a 3-year-old female, welcomed the infants in November. This is the first set of Geoffroy’s marmosets to be born at the zoo.Geoffroy’s marmosets, also known as “white-fronted marmosets,” a...
January 17, 2014
Omnibus Federal Spending Bill Creates New $45 million Fund to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
WCS applauds appropriations bill that grows key conservation funding accounts and will help address elephant poaching crisis Support for USAID, GEF, and Dept. of the Interior programs is preserved Washington, DC – January 17, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society hailed the omnibus Fiscal Year 2014 spending bill passed this week by Congress, which maintains key conservation accounts and creates a new funding source to combat wildlife trafficking while ensuring budgetary stability over the ne...
November 19, 2013
The Human Health Costs of Losing Natural Systems: Quantifying Earth’s Worth to Public Health
Scientists Urge Focus on New Branch of Environmental Health NEW YORK (November 19, 2013) — A new paper from members of the HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) consortium delineates a new branch of environmental health that focuses on the public health risks of human-caused changes to Earth’s natural systems. Looking comprehensively at available research to date, the paper’s authors highlight repeated correlations between changes in natural systems and existing...
November 08, 2013
From Peccaries to Pictograms
While tracking white-lipped peccaries in Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado biomes, a team of researchers made a remarkable discovery – ancient cave drawings.
November 07, 2013
White-lipped Peccary Trails Lead to Archeological Discovery in Brazil
WCS researchers discovered 4,000-10,000 year-old cave drawings NEW YORK (November 7, 2013)—While tracking white-lipped peccaries and gathering environmental data in forests that link Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado biomes, a team of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and a local partner NGO, Instituto Quinta do Sol, discovered ancient cave drawings made by hunter-gatherer societies thousands of years ago. The drawings are the subject of a recently published study by archeologists ...
September 05, 2013
MEDIA ADVISORY REDD+ Talks: NYC
UN-REDD and Code REDD to host dialogue on private sector engagement in REDD+18 September 2013, NEW YORK WHAT: On Wednesday 18 September, the UN-REDD Programme, in collaboration with Code REDD, Wildlife Works and the Wildlife Conservation Society, will convene leaders from the private, public and civil society sectors to discuss synergies for delivering REDD+ at a scale for sustainable development, and to reflect on five years of the UN-REDD Programme.This “REDD+ Talks: NYC” event will provi...
August 28, 2013
Nominees Announced for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize; True Heroes to Vie for Quarter of a Million Dollars in World’s Leading Award for Animal Conservation
Prize Officials Encourage People to Take Action as More Species are at Risk of Extinction INDIANAPOLIS — Thirty-nine conservationists who have dedicated their lives to saving the Earth’s endangered species have been nominated to receive the biennial Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. The winner of the Prize will receive an unrestricted $250,000 cash award and the Lilly Medal. Five other finalists will each receive $10,000. The nominees’ work spans the globe...
April 29, 2013
Sushi for Peccaries?
First images of peccaries eating fish in Brazil’s Pantanal indicate a more varied diet for the species NEW YORK (April 29, 2013)—It turns out the white-lipped peccary—a piglike animal from Central and South America—will settle for fish when fruits (its main food) are no longer on the menu, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and partners revealing the first-ever photos of fish-eating peccaries. The images of fish consumption by white-lipped peccaries were taken by Douglas Fernandes ...
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