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December 08, 2014
Science for Nature and People (SNAP) Names Renowned Conservation Innovator as New Executive Director
Craig Groves To Lead Cutting-Edge Science Initiative Tackling Challenges Such As Fracking, Sustainable Agriculture, Coastal Defenses, Global Fish Stocks & Communicating Climate Change Through Video Games ARLINGTON, VA. – December 8, 2014 – Science for Nature and People (SNAP) — a new science initiative producing solutions on issues from hydraulic fracturing to sustainable agriculture intensification to protecting coastlines in the face of sea-level rise — has named...
December 05, 2014
Experts Warn of Dangers of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals to Wildlife on the Eve of Key EU Agency Decision
European Medicines Agency Will Soon Make Recommendation to European Commission on Use of Diclofenac in Livestock Diclofenac Use is Shown to Endanger Fragile Vulture Populations The Current Approach to Risk Assessment of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals is Flawed BRUSSELS (December 5, 2014) – The use of the veterinary pharmaceutical diclofenac in Spain is placing Europe’s vulture populations at risk and should be banned, according to a paper published by a tea...
December 04, 2014
Ongoing War Threatens Existence of Elephants and Other Key Wildlife Species in South Sudan
NOTE FOR EDITORS: In the U.S., WCS is urging continued federal support to fight wildlife trafficking including a U.S. Senate proposal to direct $55 million from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to the cause. This is a $10 million increase over a U.S. House proposal to maintain funding at $45 million. WCS also urges President Obama to include the congressionally directed funding, at $55 million, in his FY16 budget request. Take action: Tell your l...
December 03, 2014
Arabian Sea Humpback Whales Isolated for 70,000 Years
The small non-migratory humpback whale population is genetically distinct, scientists find Researchers recommend “Critically Endangered” status for isolated whales NEW YORK (December 3, 2014) — Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the Environment Society of Oman, and other organizations have made a fascinating discovery in the northern Indian Ocean: humpback whales inhabiting the Arabian Sea are the most gen...
November 20, 2014
WCS’s New York Aquarium Opens Registration for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” A Two-Day Mini Camp
Program teaches children ages 6 to 8 about adaptations marine mammals have to survive the cold Activities include games, crafts, and animal exhibit visits Registration and more information available at www.nyaquarium.com Brooklyn, N.Y. –– Nov. 20, 2014 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society’s) New York Aquarium has announced registration for its winter mini camp, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Monday and Tuesday, Dec....
November 19, 2014
Critically Endangered Puerto Rican Crested Toads Hatch at the WCS’s Queens Zoo and are Introduced to the Wild
Breeding program is part of a collaborative effort with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to save these endangered toads from extinction Complex husbandry techniques used to promote breeding Mating calls played in the background to help simulate the toads’ breeding environment Thousands of newly hatched tadpoles sent to Puerto Rico for introduction Flushing, N.Y. –Nov. 19, 2014 &n...
November 19, 2014
Camera Trap Images Help Wildlife Managers ID Problem Tigers in India
Human-wildlife conflict resolution near protected areas critical for tiger survival Stripe-matching software and individual histories inform decisions on handling conflict-prone big cats NEW YORK (November 19, 2014)—Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society and other partners in India are using high-tech solutions to zero in on individual tigers in conflict and relocate them out of harm’s way for the benefit of both tigers and people. I...
November 18, 2014
MEDIA STATEMENT: World Heritage Sites Must be Fully Protected
Dr. Susan Lieberman, WCS Vice President, International Policy WCS Works Globally to Maintain the Integrity of 32 World Heritage Natural Sites Sydney, Australia (November 18, 2014)— The Wildlife Conservation Society and eight leading international conservation organizations (African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna & Flora International, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Nature Conservancy, The WILD Foundation, WWF, and the Zool...
November 18, 2014
WCS’s Karukinka Reserve Celebrates 10 Years of Conservation
Public-Private Partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Goldman Sachs, and Chilean people marks first decade with milestones of scientific discovery, conservation, and public education & engagement Created in 2004, the 735,000 acre reserve in Chilean Tierra del Fuego contains southernmost old growth forests, largest population of guanacos in Chile, condors, and spectacular marine wildlife Intact forests and peatlands sequester almost 300 million tons of c...
November 17, 2014
Scientists Spotlight Top Conservation Themes for Satellite Technology
WCS, NASA, And other conservation and remote sensing agencies, universities and NGOs focus on top 10 conservation questions for satellite technology Remote sensing has and can continue to play a critical role in conserving Earth’s biological diversity Protected area management is a key use of remote sensing data Newly formed Conservation Remote Sensing Network to apply remote sensing data to conservation challenges NEW YORK (November 17, 2014)&mdas...
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