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NEW YORK (July 26, 2013)—Marine scientists and veterinarians from the Wildlife Conservation Society teamed up with volunteers from Belize and Google for this year’s annual sea turtle survey in the coastal waters of Belize. The project, conducted in collaboration with the Belize Fisheries Department, received some key support from staff of Google, Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Environmental Research Institute (University of Belize) as they assisted in the sighting, capture, tagging, and release...

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At our annual gala, WCS honors Ward W. Woods, Chair of the Board of Trustees, for his commitment to conservation. Woods is dedicated to finding solutions to conservation challenges and educating the next generation of environmental leaders.

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WCS Chair of the Board of Trustees Ward W. Woods Honored for His Commitment to Conservation: Dedicated to Finding Solutions to Conservation Challenges and Educating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders First annual gala for WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper New York, N.Y. – EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:00 PM US EASTERN TIME, THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society, at its annual gala tonight, honored Ward W. Woods, Chair of the WCS Board of Trustees, for his dedicatio...

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WCS builds assurance colonies in its zoos and in the field to help restore endangered turtles May 23, Thursday: World Turtle Day NEW YORK (May 23, 2013) — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today progress in its effort to restore some of the world’s most endangered turtles , an effort that combines the creation of assurance colonies at its zoos with in-country field conservation work. The announcement comes on World Turtle Day – a global celebration to bring...

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Conservation groups urge authorities to clamp down on black market trade Since the beginning of the year, more than 1,000 individual tortoises have been seized from would-be smugglers NEW YORK (May 2, 2013) — Illegal trafficking of two critically endangered tortoise species from Madagascar has reached epidemic proportions, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Turtle Survival Alliance, Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, Turtle Conservancy, Cons...

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Conservationists make available computerized anti-poaching tools to wildlife managers around the world SMART 1.0 is available for free at http://www.smartconservationsoftware.org  SMART is a partnership of conservation organizations including CITES-MIKE, the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), the North Carolina Zoo (NCZ), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) N...

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Co-management approach safeguards marine protected area in Indonesian Coral Triangle NEW YORK (February 7, 2013)—Fishing communities living on the islands of Indonesia’s Karimunjawa National Park have found an important balance, improving their social well-being while reducing their reliance on marine biodiversity, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Western Australia. Over the past 5 years, the Government of Indonesia has turned Karimunjawa Nation...

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Teen projects awarded for impact on environment and community New York – Dec. 19, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society has announced the winners of the 2012 Teens for Planet Earth Community Project Awards. The winners were chosen for the benefit and impact their projects had on the environment and community. Winners received certificates and are highlighted on the Teens for Planet Earth homepage www.teensforplanetearth.org. Gold and silver level winners receive a monetary prize to h...

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Hatching of five Chinese yellow-headed box turtles is a part of the WCS strategy to save the most critically endangered turtles Fewer than 150 Chinese yellow-headed box turtles remain in the wild Download B-Roll video here: DV Yellow Headed Box Turtle Release.mov Bronx, NY – Dec., 17, 2012 – Five Chinese yellow-headed box turtles have hatched at the WCS Bronx Zoo. The hatchings are a part of WCS’s strategy to save some of the most critically enda...

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New space features woodland reading nook, nature play area, puppet theater stage, and more Brooklyn, NY – Dec. 11, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo has re-opened its popular Discovery Center following extensive renovations that include the addition of several nature-themed learning areas for children and families. The redesigned space includes:A campsite where parents and children can read nature booksActivity boxes for children to explore nat...

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