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August 28, 2013
Nominees Announced for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize; True Heroes to Vie for Quarter of a Million Dollars in World’s Leading Award for Animal Conservation
Prize Officials Encourage People to Take Action as More Species are at Risk of Extinction INDIANAPOLIS — Thirty-nine conservationists who have dedicated their lives to saving the Earth’s endangered species have been nominated to receive the biennial Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. The winner of the Prize will receive an unrestricted $250,000 cash award and the Lilly Medal. Five other finalists will each receive $10,000. The nominees’ work spans the globe...
August 21, 2013
WCS’s Bronx Zoo Reintroduces Eastern Hellbenders to the Wild
Bronx Zoo collaborates with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Buffalo Zoo to save one of the largest salamander species in the world WCS helps re-establish Eastern hellbenders to New York State Watch an underwater video of the release >>Bronx, N.Y. — August 21, 2013 — The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is working to save the Eastern hellbender, one of the world’s largest species of salamander, and has re-introduced 38 animals into streams in western Ne...
August 08, 2013
Corruption along the Vietnam-China Border Permits Massive Wildlife Smuggling
Scott Roberton, representative of WCS’s Vietnam Program, describes the country’s vast wildlife trade that is driving many species to extinction, as well as the progress being made to combat it.
July 30, 2013
Myanmar at the Crossroads: Conservationists See Opportunities & Challenges in Biodiversity Hotspot
Wildlife Conservation Society study finds impending economic growth and climate change impacts require long-term adaptation efforts to conserve Myanmar’s unique biodiversity NEW YORK (July 30, 2013)—Long isolated by economic and political sanctions, Myanmar returns to the international community amid high expectations and challenges associated with protecting the country’s great natural wealth from the impacts of economic growth and climate change. In a new study, scientists from the Wi...
July 26, 2013
Tallying Turtles on Glover’s Reef
WCS staff and Belizean volunteers joined Google staff volunteers to survey sea turtles at the heart of the largest coral reef system in the Western Hemisphere.
July 26, 2013
WCS and Belizean Volunteers Joined by Google Staff Volunteers To Survey Belize’s Sea Turtles
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...
June 06, 2013
WCS's Gala 2013: The Wonders of Southeast Asia
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.
June 06, 2013
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Gala 2013: The Wonders of Southeast Asia
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...
May 23, 2013
Slow and Steady, Turtles Gain Ground
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...
May 02, 2013
Tortoise Trafficking Raging Out of Control in Madagascar
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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