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News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
Op-Eds & Blogs
February 29, 2012
Sumatra’s Last Tigers
In this TV news segment, WCS’s Joe Walston is interviewed about the reasons behind a 2009 spate of Sumatran tiger attacks.
January 31, 2012
Searching for Snares in China
Dozens of volunteers have braved northeast China’s freezing temperatures to clear illegal wire traps that catch endangered Amur tigers.
January 31, 2012
Searching for Snares: WCS Clears Tiger Snares in China
Dozens of volunteers brave freezing temperatures to clear illegal traps that catch endangered Amur tigers NEW YORK (January 31, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that a group of volunteers working in northeast China have cleared 162 illegal wire snares in an ongoing effort to protect the nation’s remaining population of critically endangered Amur (Siberian) tigers. The group, which concluded their campaign on January 13th, braved freezing temperatures and deep snow as the...
December 05, 2011
WCS Confirms the Return of the Persian Leopard in Afghanistan’s Central Highlands
Camera trap images tell a story of the survival of Afghanistan’s rugged wildlife and continued threats to many species NEW YORK (December 5, 2011)—Recent camera trap images from the rocky terrain of Afghanistan’s central highlands have revealed a surprise: a Persian leopard, an apex predator long thought to have disappeared from the region, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. In a series of images that provides indisputable proof that the big cat persists in the country’...
September 30, 2011
Russian and U.S. Vets Solve Mysterious Tiger Deaths
Health experts from WCS’s Bronx Zoo, Primorskya State Agricultural Academy, and Moscow Zoo uncover how distemper may be affecting Siberian tigers.
July 27, 2011
Wanted: Tougher Enforcement Against Wildlife Crime
As organized crime steps up its game in wildlife trade, a WCS conservationist suggests fighting back through increased law enforcement and better use of resources.
July 13, 2011
WCS Discovers Healthy Snow Leopard Population In Afghanistan
Camera trap surveys show surprising numbers of elusive big cats in Wakhan Corridor in northeastern AfghanistanWith USAID support, WCS is working with Afghanistan communities on conservation to benefit wildlife and human livelihoods NEW YORK (July 13, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society has discovered a surprisingly healthy population of rare snow leopards living in the mountainous reaches of northeastern Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, according to a new study.The discovery gives hope to th...
February 17, 2011
A Cyber Crackdown on the Wildlife Trade
A growing online black market is creating new demand for items like elephant ivory chopsticks, tiger claws and whiskers, and wallets made from clouded leopard skin. WCS’s Wildlife Crime Unit is working with Indonesian authorities to investigate the illegal Internet trade.
November 23, 2010
WCS Makes Tracks for Tigers at St. Petersburg Summit
's Dr. John Robinson, Chief Conservation Officer,
announces that WCS will pledge $5 million to save the tiger over the next 12 months, as part of a larger contribution of $50 million over 10 years.
All investments will be targeted at on-the-ground efforts in tiger range states.
November 15, 2010
Media Availability: Can tigers be saved at the Nov. 20-24 Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia?
WCS Tiger Experts: WCS President Steve Sanderson Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science John Robinson Director for Asia Programs Joe Walston Vice President of Species Program Elizabeth Bennett Vladimir Putin calls together highest level of delegates ever gathered from tiger range states to save this iconic species WCS: Protection of “Source Sites” is critical to future t...
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