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Authors find that Giant South American river turtles have a repertoire of vocalizations for different behavioral situations, including caring for young New York (August 14, 2014)— Turtles are well known for their longevity and protective shells, but it turns out these reptiles use sound to stick together and care for young, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations. Scientists working in the Brazilian Amazon have found that Giant South American river turtles actuall...

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Impressive reptiles top 600 poundsB-roll download here:Bronx Zoo Aldabra Giant Tortoises B-roll.movBronx, NY – Aug. 14, 2014 – Two giant Aldabra tortoises (Geochelone gigantean) are now grazing outside Zoo Center at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.Both tortoises are males; one weighs approximately 400 pounds and the other tips the scales at around 600 pounds. Their exhibit is located at the iconic Zoo Center and resembles their natural habitat with a sandy substrate, lush vegetatio...

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The stamp, which expired at the end of 2013, has raised more than $2.5 million for conservation since 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 1, 2014) -- The following statement was issued by John Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Executive Vice President of Public Affairs following the Senate’s passage of the Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MSCF) Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act:“By passing this bill, U.S. Senators took action to engage the American people in the fight to save ...

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Washington, DC – June 24, 2014 –The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds American actor Ian Somerhalder for his testimony before a Congressional subcommittee at today’s Federal Hearing on the U.S. Ivory Ban on behalf of elephant conservation. Best known for his roles in the TV dramas Lost and The Vampire Diaries, Somerhalder appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, where he testified in support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan for a ban on ...

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"As a global community, we must conduct a blitz against wildlife trafficking now or in our lifetime such majestic species as elephants could go extinct in large parts of their range." New York, June 16, 2014 – Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristiàn Samper has issued a statement in strong support of recommendations to implement the U.S. National Strategy for Combatting Wildlife Trafficking submitted this week to the Presidential Task Force co-chaired by Secretaries John ...

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Rare twins among the new addition to Madagascar! exhibitBronx, NY – May 28, 2014 – Three brown collared lemur babies (Eulemur collaris) are on exhibit in Madagascar! at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.The births include a rare set of twins born to mother Vera and father Antoine on April 1. The single baby was born to mother Jakara and father Gerard on April 6. All three infants like to nestle in their mothers’ fur. They live in the Spiny Forest exhibit in Madagascar! along with ...

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Follow @TheWCS and @JimBreheny to see cool turtle picsNew York (May 23, 2014)—The Wildlife Conservation Society, including its flagship Bronx Zoo, is celebrating World Turtle Day with its continued commitment to saving this increasingly threatened group of animals. “The Wildlife Conservation Society makes turtle conservation a priority every day of the year,” said Jim Breheny, WCS Executive Vice President and Bronx Zoo Director. “It’s on World Turtle Day that we make the added effort to increase...

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“Green Oscar” awarded for conservation of Borneo’s iconic great apes London, UK: 8 May 2014 – HRH The Princess Royal will today present a Whitley Award, a prestigious international nature conservation prize, to Melvin Gumal at a special ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in honour of his work to conserve orang-utans in Sarawak.Melvin Gumal is one of eight exceptional individuals to have been awarded a share of prize funding worth £280,000 by the Whitley Fund for Nature, winning the W...

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Green sea turtles are a popular resource for coastal communities in Nicaragua, but due to overfishing their populations are facing a decline.

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20-year study finds large decrease in green turtle catch rates Study authors recommend limits on artisanal fishingNew York (April 16th, 2014)—A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua’s legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida. During the research period, conservation scientists...

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