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March 21, 2013
Conservationists Unite to Unleash Public Tool to Stop Poaching
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...
February 07, 2013
Indonesian Fishing Communities Find Balance Between Biodiversity & Development
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...
December 19, 2012
WCS Announces Winners of Teens for Planet Earth Community Project Awards
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...
December 17, 2012
WCS's Bronx Zoo Announces Hatching of Extremely Rare Turtle Species
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...
December 12, 2012
WCS's Prospect Park Zoo Re-Opens Renovated Discovery Center for Children
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...
December 10, 2012
Wildlife-Themed Ice Carving Returns for the Holiday Season to WCS’s Bronx Zoo
Presented by Chevy Traverse Holiday fun includes wildlife ice carving competition, professional carving demonstrations; interactive ice play area; ice displays, and more Wednesday to Sunday, Dec. 26 – 30 Bronx, NY – Dec. 10, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo will be the highlight of the holiday season with the return of the Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving week, presented by Chevrolet ...
November 28, 2012
WCS's Bronx Zoo Conducts Research on Reptile and Amphibian Populations in Bronx River
Turtle populations evaluated in New York City’s only freshwater riverSurvey and assessment is a collaboration with WCS, the Bronx River Alliance, New York Botanical Garden, and the NYC Parks DepartmentBronx River research is made possible by continued support from Congressman José E. Serrano and funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationVideo available here: http://youtu.be/ewzcGNdBsAs Bronx, NY – Nov. 28, 2012 – Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Z...
November 02, 2012
Wildlife Conservation Society Issues Update on New York Aquarium Post Hurricane Sandy
Nov. 2, 2012CONTACT: MARY DIXON, firstname.lastname@example.org, 347-840-1242 (texts and emails are best) From Jim Breheny, WCS Executive Vice President of Zoos and Aquarium, Director of the Bronx Zoo:We have restored power to three-quarters of the exhbits and holding quarters at the aquarium. Work progresses in restoring power to the last large exhibit building at WCS’s New York Aquarium, Explore the Shore. Progress to restore this power is slower than we anticipated due to the adverse conditions and extensive...
November 01, 2012
Wildlife Conservation Society Statement on the WCS New York Aquarium
Nov. 1, 2012CONTACT: MARY DIXON, 347-840-1242, email@example.com A statement issued by Jim Breheny, Executive Vice President of WCS Zoos and Aquarium and Director of the Bronx Zoo: Using generator power, we are making progress restoring life support systems to our aquatic exhibits throughout the WCS New York Aquarium. We have restored power to two of our main exhibit buildings -- Glover's Reef and Conservation Hall. However, we still have areas that we have not been able to fully assess as to when...
October 24, 2012
Saving Other Turtles From Lonesome George's Fate
The recent death of "Lonesome George"--the last of our planet's Pinta Island tortoises--reminds us of these creatures' fragility. Although we've been working to conserve turtles and tortoises for decades, risks that include global trade persist.
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