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Freshwater Turtles & Tortoises


Three suspected orangutan smugglers arrested in Kalimantan WCS’s Wildlife Crime Unit played a key role in arrests NEW YORK (June 22, 2010) – The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today a successful raid by Indonesian authorities in Pontianak, in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, that resulted in the arrest of three suspects who allegedly attempted to illegally sell a baby orangutan. This is one of the first cases in many years against suspected illegal orangutan dealer...
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Visitors will get a chance to learn about the ecology, animal species, and plant life of this marine paradise. NEW YORK (June 9, 2010) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today the opening of The Beck Interpretive Trail located at WCS’s Glover’s Reef Research Station, Middle Cay, Belize.  The Trail offers information about the ecology, wildlife, and plant life on and around the 14-acre island. Through strategically placed graphics, visitors can gain insight into how the is...
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“Fish Tales Extravaganza”Sponsored by Pepsi Every weekend in June filled with family-friendly entertainment Headliners include John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean, Author Seymour Simon, Author Edel Rodriguez, and Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band Live music, interactive attractions, author appearances and readings, crafts, and more Connect to the wonderful world of marine life at “Fish Tales Extravaganza” Brooklyn, NY – May 12, 2010 – Swim into beach season with the month-long ...
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African giant snails are giving local villagers big options when it comes to food and livelihoods, and gorilla poaching is not one of them.
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Wildlife Conservation Society Promotes Snail Farming in Nigeria as an Alternative to Gorilla Poaching Cross River gorillas are critically endangered and only inhabit a small area Snail farming provides food and income for villagers NEW YORK (April 28, 2010) — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is testing a new, innovative approach to prevent Cross River gorilla poaching in Nigeria: snail farming.  This unique initiative will help local people generate income, prov...
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The stars land at WCS’s Bronx Zoo as Radio Disney’s Road Crew and Rocknoceros bring their special brand of children’s music to New York Life’s Main Stage. Bronx, N.Y. – April 22, 2010 – What better way to celebrate Earth Day Weekend than at the Animal Tales Extravaganza at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.  This weekend the zoo welcomes wildlife conservationist and Animal Planet star Jeff Corwin as he reads from his book, Your Backyard is Wild and the Radio Disney Road Crew retur...
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This juvenile Galapagos tortoise lives in the World of Reptiles at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo. Along with five of its siblings that are also on exhibit, this tortoise is a direct offspring of the tortoises collected from the Galapagos Islands in the 1920s by Charles H. Townsend, a New York Zoological Society explorer. Townsend brought more than 100 tortoises from Isabela Island to the United States to initiate a breeding program for the survival of the species. The largest l...
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Learn to make a pop-up-book at home, meet favorite children’s book authors, dance to live music, and run through the pages of real larger-than-life books Radio Disney Road Crew returns for encore performance on New York Life’s Main Stage Bronx, N.Y. – April 14, 2010 – Kids are raving about Animal Tales Extravaganza at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, and this weekend promises to be one of the best. Popular actor/comedian Michael Ian Black will entertain families with his lates...
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From green-eyed frogs to Cuban crocodiles, a list of critically endangered species facing a range of threats, which could lead to their ultimate disappearance   List is featured in new book: State of the Wild NEW YORK (April 7, 2010) – The Wildlife Conservation Society released a list of critically endangered species dubbed the “Rarest of the Rare” – a group of animals most in danger of extinction, ranging from Cuban crocodiles to white-headed langurs in Vietnam. The list of a dozen animals...
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Illegal hunting for meat and pet trade is wiping out critically endangered species Reports of “truckloads” of tortoises being shipped to local marketsEntire forests now devoid of tortoises   NEW YORK (April 5, 2010) –A team of biologists from the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported today that Madagascar’s radiated tortoise – considered one of the most beautiful tortoise species – is rapidly nearing extinction due to ram...
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