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News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
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September 01, 2009
Tiny Pump Means Pain Relief for Big Cats
WCS vets modify implant to give non-invasive pain relief to big cats after surgery NEW YORK (September 1, 2009)—Veterinarians from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and the University of Tennessee have found a solution to the challenge of providing effective pain relief to some of their most difficult patients: big cats.The answer: a surgically implanted, capsule-sized pump that provides continuous pain relief while the animal recovers from surgery, according to a new study a...
June 18, 2009
The Straight Poop: WCS Announces a New Way to Count Tigers
New study shows that fecal DNA sampling provides extremely accurate estimates of tiger populations New technique is a powerful tool to help save critically endangered big cats NEW YORK (JUNE 18, 2009) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today a major breakthrough in the science of saving tigers: high-tech DNA fecal sampling. According to the study, researchers will be able to accurately count and assess tiger populations by identifying individual animals from the uniq...
June 11, 2009
WCS's Central Park Zoo Opens The Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard Exhibit
Exhibit Spotlights Endangered Big Cat of Asia’s Great Mountain Ranges And The WCS Conservation Efforts to Save ThemHabitat Includes Latest in Behavioral Enrichment and Technology: Hot Rocks for Winter Warmth, And Shallow Caves, Trees, Waterfall and Fog for Summer CoolingRocks and Deadfall Encourage Pouncing and Playing!New York, N.Y. (June 11, 2009)– The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today unveiled the Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard Exhibit at its Central Park Zoo. This spectacular new h...
June 11, 2009
WCS Opens New Home for Great Cats
WCS’s newest exhibit at the Central Park Zoo spotlights the endangered snow leopards of Asia’s great mountain ranges, and the WCS conservation efforts to save them.
June 03, 2009
New Rights for Afghan Wildlife
With scientific advice from WCS, the government of Afghanistan releases its first-ever list of protected wildlife and plants, which includes snow leopards, wolves, elm trees, and 30 other species.
March 11, 2009
Do-It-Yourself Tiger Monitoring
YouTube may be the latest conservation field tool. WCS-India has posted a series of instructional videos on the site to help researchers and park rangers monitor tigers in the wild.
March 11, 2009
WCS Releases YouTube Video on Monitoring Tigers
NEW YORK (March 9, 2009) – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s India Program (WCS – India) has released a unique training video on YouTube that showcases the latest scientific methods for estimating the numbers of wild tigers and their prey. Entitled “Monitoring Tigers and Their Prey – The Right Way,” the 5-part instructional video was produced by wildlife filmmaker Shekar Dattatri, in collaboration with renowned Wildlife Conservation Society tiger scientist Dr. K. Ullas Karanth. The video is b...
February 26, 2009
Tigers Get a Stimulus Plan
Agreement marks unique partnership among the World Bank, Global Environment Facility, and the Conservation Community to conserve big cats throughout their range NEW YORK (February 26, 2009) The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), together with the World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF), announced today a commitment of $2.8 million toward tiger conservation across its range. WCS will lead a new project, Tiger Futures, in partnership with other conservation organizations with long-term ...
February 25, 2009
Camera Trap Survey Snaps Cheetahs in Algeria
Photographic confirmation of fleet-footed big cats a first for that country NEW YORK (February 23, 2009)—A Wildlife Conservation Society-supported survey of the Sahara has captured the first camera-trap photographs of the critically endangered Saharan cheetah in Algeria. The survey was conducted by researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the Office du Parc National de l’Ahaggar (OPNA), and the Université de Béjaïa, with support from WCS and Panthera. The photographs were taken a...
January 29, 2009
Big Cats, Wild Pigs, and Short-Eared Dogs—Oh, My!
Wildlife Conservation Society releases camera-trap photos from Ecuador’s first large-scale jaguar census NEW YORK (January 27, 2009) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released photos today from the first large-scale census of jaguars in the Amazon region of Ecuador—one of the most biologically rich regions on the planet. The ongoing census, which began in 2007, is working to establish baseline population numbers as oil exploration and subsequent development puts growing pressure on wild...
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