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Since its inception, WCS has worked to save the American bison from extinction, and the Bronx Zoo grounds have housed bison for over one hundred years. Today, new conservation efforts focus on genetic purity in this iconic mammal. Listen and learn as Dr. Pat Thomas, Associate Director of the Bronx Zoo, discusses the birth of the first genetically pure American bison calf produced by embryo transfer.
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Program will establish breeding herd of genetically pure bison for future restoration projects and U.S. zoosSuccess is result of collaboration between Colorado State University, USDA-APHIS, the American Prairie Reserve, and the Wildlife Conservation SocietyBronx Zoo’s bison legacy continues after more than 100 yearsB-roll video for download available here.Audio slideshow available here.Support legislation to make bison the national mammal at: www.votebison.org Bronx, NY – Aug. 30, 2012 – The Wil...
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Watch the full video>>With election season in full swing, race to make bison the U.S. National Mammal now a stampede New video shows bison’s unique brand of political stomping Visit www.votebison.org to cast your vote New York – August 16, 2012 – Who says bison can’t vote? The Vote Bison coalition, which is campaigning to make the bison the National Mammal of the United States, has released a homemade video showing that even the candidate itself can cast a ballot. The humorous video ...
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The Vote Bison coalition has launched a sweeping campaign to elect the bison as the United States National Mammal. With legislative support gaining traction through the National Bison Legacy Act, the momentum has gone from a race to a stampede. Check out our new campaign PSA and you'll see why. Then, ask your representative to co-sponsor the National Bison Legacy Act.
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Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) Take the Lead in Making Bison the National Mammal of the United States Sens. Akaka, Blumenthal, Gillibrand, Lieberman, Portman, and Schumer are the Latest to Co-sponsor Bill in the Senate More than 67,000 Letters to Congress Sent through VoteBison.org NEW YORK (August 14, 2012)— The Vote Bison coalition applauded the news th...
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In his first blog celebrating bison, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs John Calvelli discusses ongoing efforts to protect this iconic species. WCS has been protecting buffalo since the turn of the 20th century and is currently working with conservationists, sportsmen, Native American tribes, and lawmakers to advance the National Bison Legacy Act.
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WCS has been leading bison conservation efforts since 1905, when William Hornaday co-founded the American Bison Society with Theodore Roosevelt. In addition to supporting bison and the landscapes they roam, WCS has joined efforts to craft the National Bison Legacy Act--Congressional legislation that would designate bison as our country's national mammal. 

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Leopard first photographed by WCS in 2004 Leopard ID-ed through computer software that compares unique spot pattern NEW YORK (July 19, 2012)— A dramatic photo of a male leopard dragging a massive gaur (or Indian bison) calf in Karnataka’s Bandipur Tiger Reserve turned out to be the same animal photographed by a WCS camera trap nearly eight years ago. The photo, taken by Indian photographer Vinay S. Kumar, was initially submitted to Conservation India, a not-for-profit portal to enab...
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Zoo to Offer Free AT&T Wi-Fi as Part of Citywide Wi-Fi in the Parks Initiative Online photo contest gives visitors a chance to win a family membership to WCS Click here to download b-roll of eventFlushing, N.Y. – July 19, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and AT&T* today launched free AT&T Wi-Fi service at the Queens Zoo. The zoo is the 24th NYC parks location to receive free AT&T Wi-Fi th...
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New York Senator Becomes Co-sponsor of Bill to Make North American Bison the National Mammal of the United States To help generate more co-sponsors, go to www.votebison.org NEW YORK (July 18, 2012)— The Vote Bison coalition applauded the news that New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand became a co-sponsor of the National Bison Legacy Act in the U.S. Senate, which if passed would officially designate bison as the national mammal. The bill, which was introduced by U.S. Sens...
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