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October 06, 2012
Second Annual WCS Run for the Wild 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk at WCS's New York Aquarium
More Than 1,500 Runners and Walkers Dash Across Coney Island’s Famous Boardwalk at the WCS Run for the Wild in Brooklyn Fiona Bayly, New York, N.Y. – First woman to cross the finish line Alessio Asaro, Queens, N.Y. – First man to cross the finish line City Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., and Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny were in attendance Christopher Ritchey of Manhattan earns top fundr...
September 21, 2012
WCS Urges Congress to Reauthorize Successful Wildlife Stamp
As the Save Vanishing Species postage stamp celebrates its one-year anniversary, WCS urges Congress to reauthorize the conservation-centric initiative for another four years. Although the stamp has generated $1.58 million in its first year, it now stands as endangered as the species it seeks to protect.
September 11, 2012
Rangers on the Frontline Get Powerful New Tool to Combat Wildlife Crime
SMART Technology Unveiled at World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea Strategic Tool Designed to Identify Poaching Hotspots JEJU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SEPT. 11, 2012) – A free high-tech tool to combat the wildlife poaching crisis was offered to grassroots rangers by a consortium of conservation organizations at the World Conservation Congress. SMART, the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, is designed to help park and community rangers fight illegal wildlife trade by identifying p...
September 06, 2012
WCS's New York Aquarium Receives Largest Private Donation Ever
$7.5 million gift will help fund the aquarium’s Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit New York City Has Committed $93.1 million Brooklyn, N.Y. – Sept. 6, 2012 ATTACHED PHOTO: Pictured left to right are: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Don Zucker, WCS Trustee Barbara Hrbek Zucker, City Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., NYS Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, WC...
September 06, 2012
WCS President and CEO Delivers Keynote to IUCN
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...
September 05, 2012
WCS Releases List of Asian Species at the Conservation Crossroads
Extinction or Survival? List Released at the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea Species Can be Saved if Asian Governments Take Three Rs Approach: Recognition, Responsibility, Recovery JEJU, SOUTH KOREA, September 5, 2012- Will the tiger go the way of the passenger pigeon or be saved from extinction like the American bison? The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today released a list of Asian species that are at ...
September 05, 2012
Navigating a Conservation Crossroads
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.
August 16, 2012
Mayor Bloomberg and WCS Unveil Design and Announce New Funding for New York Aquarium "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" Building
Groundbreaking to Begin this Fall; Grand Opening Set for 2015 57,000 Square Foot Exhibit to Feature Sharks, Rays, Sea Turtles and Thousands of Fish August 16, 2012--Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristián Samper today unveiled the design and announced new funding for the New York Aquarium “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” building. The City’s Public Design Commission approved the design plan earlier this month for the 57,000 squa...
July 26, 2012
WCS Hosts 2nd Annual Run for the Wild in Brooklyn
Presented by Con Edison The Wildlife Conservation Society Announces Second Annual WCS Run for the Wild at the New York Aquarium This year’s WCS Run for the Wild 5K run/walk in Brooklyn is dedicated to saving walruses and other wildlife Event date: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012; 5K Run: 8 a.m.; Family Fun Run/Walk: 8:45 a.m. Registration is now open at: wcsrunforthewild.org/nyaquarium Brooklyn, N.Y. – July 26, 2012 – Time to lace up the sneakers – and perhaps snowshoes – as the sec...
July 25, 2012
There and Back Again: One Sea Turtle’s Incredible Journey
Although conservationists have long known that turtles return to their natal beaches to lay eggs, direct evidence of these pilgrimages is scant. With sea turtles more imperiled than ever, conservationists can’t help but delight in success stories like this one.
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