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April 22--Madagascar Creates Nation’s First Community-Led Marine Protected Areas
The Government of Madagascar commemorates Earth Day with the formal creation of three community-led marine protected areas that will double the surface of the country’s marine protected area network, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).
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With National Volunteer Week here, April 12 to 18, the WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium are now accepting applications for the teen Discovery Guide program. 

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April 10 - World’s Second Most Endangered Turtle on Road to Recovery
 WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) announced today that 60 captive-raised Myanmar roofed turtles—a species once thought extinct—have been released into their native habitat in Myanmar. More than 350 villagers, government representatives, and religious leaders attended ceremonies for the release.
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April 1- Current Residential Development Research is a Poor Foundation for Sustainable Development
  • Existing research limited by one-discipline approach
  • Less than 5 percent of studies consider ecosystem processes
  • Residential development covers one out of every four acres of land in the United States; predicted to more than double by 2100

 Globally, residential development is a leading driver of natural resource consumption, native species decline and fossil fuel emissions.

 

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Tiger Dad: Rare Family Portrait of Amur Tigers the First-Ever to Include an Adult Male

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March 6, 2015) –The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Russia Program, in partnership with the Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve and Udegeiskaya Legenda National Park, released a camera trap slideshow of a family of Amur tigers in the wild showing an adult male with family. Shown following the “tiger dad” along the Russian forest is an adult female and three cubs. Scientists note this is a first in terms of photographing this behavior, as adult male tigers are usually solitary.  Also included was a photo composite of a series of images showing the entire family as they walked past the a camera trap over a period of two minutes.
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March 5th: WCS Re-Discovers
A scientific team from WCS, Myanmar’s Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division – MOECAF, and National University of Singapore (NUS) has rediscovered a bird previously thought to be extinct.
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Five Reasons to Visit  WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo in the Winter

New York – Mar. 2, 2015 – Brooklyn just received another 3.5 inches of snow. The WCS Prospect Park Zoo is always a beautiful place to visit no matter the weather. 


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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine and its Feline Health Center, and the University of Glasgow's Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine have just co-convened the first "Vaccines for Conservation" international meeting at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in New York City. Experts from around the world focused on the threat that canine distemper virus poses to the conservation of increasingly fragmented populations of threatened carnivores. While canine distemper has been known for many years as a problem affecting domestic dogs, the virus has been appearing in new areas and causing disease and mortality in a wide range of wildlife species, including tigers and lions. In fact, many experts agree that the virus should not be called “canine distemper” virus at all, given the diversity of species it infects.
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A Cinderella Story for Tigers
Great news from the Russian Far East: an orphaned tiger cub named Zolushka (Russian for Cinderella) has been successfully rehabilitated and released back into the forests of the Russian Far East. 
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Are Human Behaviors Affecting Bird Communities in Residential Areas?
Veery - These “area sensitive” species tend to fare better in large, contiguous habitat blocks. In a recent study, they were found to demonstrate a similar negative response to exurban development in the Adirondacks and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, despite the different geographies of the two study regions.
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