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July 25, 2012
China’s “Wildlife Guardian” Competition Announced in Beijing
Fourth annual event awards enforcement personnel and others on the front lines of illegal wildlife trade Wildlife Conservation Society created the event in 2008 BEIJING (July 25, 2012) — Nominees for China’s fourth annual “Wildlife Guardian” competition, which awards the best customs officials, forest police, border guards, community organizations, and individuals working on wildlife conservation and law enforcement, were announced in Beijing recently. The competition, cre...
June 21, 2012
Major Cuts Proposed by House Committee Will Severely Impact Endangered Species, said WCS and WWF
WASHINGTON (June 20, 2012) — Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Programs approved an FY13 appropriations bill that would slash critical funding for some of the world’s most threatened species, including rhinos, tigers, elephants, great apes, and marine turtles. The subcommittee mark up of the bill recommends a cut of 21 percent below the FY12 enacted level for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) programs. Among the conservation programs that wo...
May 22, 2012
WCS Applauds Senate Effort to Renew Tiger Stamp for Four More Years
More Than 10 Million Sold Since September Debut Stamps May Be Purchased at Post Offices Nationwide and USPS.com Fiscally Responsible Bill Supported by Senate International Conservation Caucus Co-Chairs WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society applauded today’s Senate introduction of a bill to reauthorize the Save Vanishing Species postage stamp.The stamp features an illustration of a tiger cub and supports efforts to save species like elephants, tigers, and great ape...
May 14, 2012
WCS’s New York Aquarium Opens New 1,500-Square-Foot Exhibit on World Oceans Day
A-MAZE-ING Water opens to the public on June 8, 2012 Interactive exhibit will immerse visitors in the world of water conservation Maze includes watershed environments, rivers, lakes, oceans and environmental threats Weekend programming includes art exhibits, hands-on activities and much more A-MAZE-ING Water will feature elements of the New York Seascape, the aquarium’s conservation program that works to preserve local NY waters Exhibit will be open through September 9th Brooklyn, N.Y. – May...
April 11, 2012
WCS Launches Global Effort to Save Critically Endangered Turtles from Extinction
Efforts include breeding at zoos combined with intensive field conservation work WCS will take direct responsibility for the continued survival of at least half of the 25 most endangered species of turtles and tortoisesWCS working with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), Turtle Conservancy (TC), and the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) in global effort NEW YORK (April 11, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today a new strategy that draws on all of th...
April 11, 2012
Turtle Species Get New York Rescue
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.
March 22, 2012
World’s Forests Defended and Celebrated on Capitol Hill
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...
February 23, 2012
Indonesia Steps Up Fight Against Illegal Orangutan Trade
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...
January 18, 2012
Extremely Rare Turtle is Released into the Wild
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...
January 04, 2012
WCS Organizes Fisheries Observer Workshop For Central Africa
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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