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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...
February 18, 2014
Scientists in Brazil Mark and Release 15,000 Baby Turtles in Mass Hatching
Effort led by WCS and Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation Mass hatching event for the Giant South American river turtle produces more than 200,000 hatchlings NEW YORK (February 10, 2014)—Turtle biologists seeking to learn more about threatened and endangered turtles in Brazil’s Abufari Biological Reserve recently hit the mother lode—a mass hatching event producing an estimated 210,000 baby turtles, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Chico Mendes Institute fo...
January 23, 2014
International Trader Who Smuggled Baby Primates and Komodo Dragons Arrested in Indonesia
Trader connected to crime syndicates in Russia, Singapore, Thailand, and Cyprus Operation was completed by Ministry of Forestry and Jakarta National Police Criminal Investigation Division, with technical assistance from WCS’s Wildlife Crimes UnitNEW YORK (January 23, 2014) — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today the arrest of a wildlife trader in Indonesia who specialized in smuggling live animals including baby primates and komodo dragons. The arrest was made in Bali by forest rang...
January 17, 2014
Omnibus Federal Spending Bill Creates New $45 million Fund to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
WCS applauds appropriations bill that grows key conservation funding accounts and will help address elephant poaching crisis Support for USAID, GEF, and Dept. of the Interior programs is preserved Washington, DC – January 17, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society hailed the omnibus Fiscal Year 2014 spending bill passed this week by Congress, which maintains key conservation accounts and creates a new funding source to combat wildlife trafficking while ensuring budgetary stability over the ne...
January 10, 2014
WCS's New York Aquarium Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Ocean Wonders: Sharks!
Groundbreaking of 57,000-square-foot facility is part of the effort to transform the New York Aquarium and continue the rebirth of Coney Island Facility will house more than 100 species of marine wildlife including sharks, skates and rays A mong elected officials in attendance were: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; City Council Member Mark Treyger; Former City Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.; Council Member Vincent Gentile; Counc...
January 08, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY: Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium To Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony For Ocean Wonders: Sharks!
Friday, January 10, 2014, 11 a.m., at the New York AquariumSeveral public officials and community leaders expected to attendEvent will emphasize the WCS New York Aquarium’s contribution to the economy, education and conservation in Coney Island, Brooklyn, and throughout New York CityNew York Aquarium divers will be in attendanceMedia: Please arrive by 10:30 a.m.Brooklyn, N.Y. – January 8, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium will celebrate the groundbreaking of Ocean Wond...
January 07, 2014
Might More Ravens –Aided by Humans – Mean “Nevermore” For Sage-Grouse?
New study by Wildlife Conservation Society, Idaho State University, and U.S Geological Survey shows transmission poles and fragmented habitat providing advantages to a common predator Exponentially increasing raven populations threaten other species in western U.S. BOZEMAN (January 7, 2014) – A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Idaho State University and the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that habitat fragmentation and the addition of makeshift perches such as transmission polls i...
December 16, 2013
Endangered Chinese Big-Headed Turtles Hatch At the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo
Rare hatching is a first for a North American zooWCS has the largest collection of Chinese big-headed turtles Breeding program is part of WCS’s global effort to save critically endangered turtles from extinctionVideo of rare turtle hatching available here >>Brooklyn, N.Y. – December 16, 2013 -- Five Chinese big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) have hatched at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo. Hatched in November, this is the first time the species has success...
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