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Freshwater Turtles & Tortoises


WCS recently began breeding four endangered turtle species, including the golden coin turtle, at its wildlife parks in New York City. Eventually, the plan is to reintroduce some species to the wild and develop assurance colonies for others. WCS conservationists are also working in the turtles’ native habitats to protect their wild kin.

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Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) Recognized as “Champion of the Forests” World Forestry Day Commemorates the Importance and Benefits of Forests WASHINGTON (March 22, 2012) – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John F. Calvelli advocated for greater protection of the world’s forests by funding the U.S. Forest Service Office of International Programs (FSIP) during testimony before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. In a celebration of World Fores...

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Illegal orangutan owner and trader prosecuted in Sumatra NEW YORK (February 23, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) announced today Sumatra’s first ever successful sentence of an illegal orangutan owner and trader in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.The seven-month prison sentence is only the third for Indonesia, despite orangutans being strictly protected under Indonesian law since 1924. Although there have been over 2,500 conf...

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Southern River terrapin, fixed with a satellite transmitter, is set free to breed in the waters of Cambodia Wildlife Conservation Society, Cambodian Fisheries Administration, and Wildlife Reserves Singapore will monitor turtle Less than 200 adult individuals remain in the wild NEW YORK (January 18, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, in conjunction with the Cambodian Fisheries Administration and Wildlife Reserves Singapore, announced today the successful release of a Southern River terrap...

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Trained observers will collect data for more effective fisheries and marine ecosystem management NEW YORK (January 4, 2012)—The Wildlife Conservation Society recently collaborated with Gabon’s Department of Fisheries, the Gabon Sea Turtle Partnership, Defra’s Darwin Initiative at the University of Exeter (UK), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the USA (NOAA) to organize a land-mark fisheries observer training course for Central Afri...

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Premium Stamps Benefit Wildlife Protection for Tigers, Elephants and More at No Cost to American Taxpayers More Than 4 Million Sold in 41 Days Stamps May Be Purchased at Post Offices Nationwide, USPS.com WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 30, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society applauded the introduction of legislation to reauthorize the Save Vanishing Species U.S. postage stamp, which features an illustration of a tiger cub and supports efforts to save species like elephants, tigers, and great ap...

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BROOKLYN, NY — On October 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, the Brooklyn Post Office and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo held a special unveiling ceremony to commemorate the stamp which is helping to save vanishing species 11-cents at a time — specifically tigers, African and Asian elephants, rhinos, great apes and marine turtles. The ceremony is being held at the Prospect Park Zoo, located at 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY. To commemorate the day, a pictorial cancellat...

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The First WCS Run for the Wild™ 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk at WCS New York Aquarium David Bosch, Sunnyside, N.Y. – First man to cross the finish line Fiona Bayly, New York, N.Y. – First woman to cross the finish line NYC Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. and NYS Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny help kick off the event Brooklyn, N.Y. – Oct. 9, 2011 – More than 2,000 turtle supporters ran, jogged, and walked across the Coney Island Boardwalk at th...

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Stamp Unveiling: Tuesday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. Brooklyn, NY – October 5, 2011- The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo and the Brooklyn Postmaster invite members of the media to an unveiling of the Save Vanishing Species postage stamp.The Save Vanishing Species stamps, which feature an image of a tiger cub, will contribute funding for projects supported by the Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MSCF), which are administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conse...

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WCS Joins U.S. Embassy in Applauding New Wildlife Stamps in U.S. and Russia  WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 3, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) joined the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in celebration of Russia’s Tiger Day to commemorate the issuance of a tiger postage stamp the U.S. and a tiger postcard in Russia and that will help save wildlife.   The event was held at the Moscow Zoo on Sunday, September 25, and was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle. On September 20,...

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