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May 28, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Debuts Three Brown Collared Lemur Babies
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 ...
May 23, 2014
WCS, Along with Flagship Bronx Zoo, Celebrating #WorldTurtleDay
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...
May 08, 2014
Conservation leader from Malaysia wins 2014 Whitley Award
“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...
April 17, 2014
Trouble for Turtles
Green sea turtles are a popular resource for coastal communities in Nicaragua, but due to overfishing their populations are facing a decline.
April 16, 2014
Declining catch rates in Caribbean Nicaragua green turtle fishery may be result of overfishing
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...
April 11, 2014
WCS Researcher Named as Finalist for Whitley Award
New York, (April 11, 2014) -- Melvin Gumal, Director of the WCS-Malaysia Programme since 2003, has been named one of eight finalists for this year's Whitley Awards. This prestigious international prize honors exceptional individuals working in grassroots nature conservation in the world's developing countries, and who often face humanitarian, environmental and political challenges in the projects they undertake. The prize, awarded by The Whitley Fund for Nature (@WhitleyAwards ) is called the Gr...
April 10, 2014
WCS Congressional Testimony Makes the Case for International Conservation to Improve National Security and Quell Wildlife Trafficking
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 10, 2014) – Today, Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and 96 Elephants Director John Calvelli testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies to describe the need for continued U.S. government investment in international conservation programs within the FY15 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Calvelli called for increases in funding for US Fish a...
March 19, 2014
Dogs Ally with Elephants in the Fight Against Illegal Ivory
Canines are already using their keen sense of smell to assist in airports, and now conservationists are seeking their talents. Ruth Starkey, WCS technical advisor, explains how man's best friends are helping put an end to the ivory crisis.
March 18, 2014
Tiny Hatchlings Released in Indonesia
On a remote and protected Indonesian beach, strange birds and sea turtle hatchlings were recently released into the wild – over thirty olive ridely sea turtles and two maleos, their adult counterparts shown here.
March 13, 2014
Photo Release: Strange Bird and Sea Turtle Hatchlings Released on Protected Indonesian Beach
Sulawesi coastal area serves as critical nesting ground for maleos and olive ridley sea turtles NEW YORK (March 13, 2014)—Working on a remote and protected beach in Indonesia, conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and PALS—a local partner organization—recently celebrated the release of rare animal hatchlings into the wild, part of a plan to save the olive ridley sea turtle and an extraordinary bird called the maleo. On February 23 on Sulawesi’s Binerean Cape, conservation mana...
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