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WCS and University of Montana Find Nearly 1,000 Wild Yaks In Remote Tibetan Plateau Once decimated by hunting, wild yaks may be returning Wild yaks are Asia’s third largest land mammal NEW YORK (January 16, 2013) — A team of American and Chinese conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Montana recently counted nearly 1,000 wild yaks from a remote area of the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau. The finding may indicate a comeback for this species, which was decimated by ...
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In a new blog post for National Geographic NewsWatch, WCS's Executive Vice President for Public Affairs discusses National Bison Day festivities, as well as WCS's ongoing efforts to elect bison the country's national mammal. With the support of a broad coalition and active constituents, WCS remains hopeful that legislation will pass this year. 
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Teens can win prizes by producing a 30-60 second video advocating for the bison to become to the National Mammal Visit VoteBison.org to cast your vote Bronx, N.Y. – October 1, 2012 – The Vote Bison coalition, which is campaigning to make the bison the National Mammal of the United States, issued a call for teen-created videos that tell Americans why the bison deserves their votes. The coalition is asking teens (ages 13-19) to create and submit a 30-60 second public service announcement (P...
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During the September 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Korea, WCS co-sponsored a motion to create a conservation “Green List.” The newly adopted category will feature thriving species, emphasizing that conservation doesn’t merely exist to ward off extinction.
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Delivering a keynote speech at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea, WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper shared his vision for the future of wildlife conservation.
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WCS President and CEO, Dr. Cristián Samper, delivered the following keynote speech during the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea. His speech may be read below.Martha's Legacy:The past, present and future of species, ecosystems and human livelihoods"On September 1, 1914, nearly 100 years ago, the last passenger pigeon passed away in a cage in the Cincinnati Zoo after many years in captivity. Her name was Martha. She was the last of her kind and with her, this extraordinary...
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EL LEGADO DE MARTHA: Pasado, presente y futuro de las especies, los ecosistemas y la subsistencia de los seres humanos Dr. Cristián Samper Wildlife Conservation Society Resumen de una presentación redactada para el Congreso IUCN en Jeju, Corea Septiembre de 2012El 1° de septiembre de 1914, hace casi 100 años, falleció la última paloma migratoria en una jaula del Cincinnati Zoo después de vivir muchos años en cautiverio. Su nombre era Martha. Era el último ejemplar de ...
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Ted Roosevelt V, the great-great-grandson of our country's 26th President, has voiced his support for the bison as the country's national mammal. Writing for USA Today, Roosevelt recounts the mammal's storied history and explains the importance of the National Bison Legacy Act. 
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Attending the World Conservation Congress in Korea, leaders from WCS promote a three-pronged approach to conservation that focuses on recognition, responsibility, and recovery. Comparing tigers and bison, WCS emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for species on the brink.
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BOZEMAN, MT ( September 5, 2012) As wildlife managers continue work on a statewide bison-management plan, a new survey underscores overwhelming public support for restoring a herd of wild, wide-ranging bison on public land in Montana. Additionally, Montana voters specifically support restoration to the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in central Montana.Sixty-eight percent of Montanans support restoration of wild bison on federal or state land, while just 26 percent are opposed, accor...
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