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September 18, 2014
Research Yields a Game Changer for Improving Understanding of Ebola and Great Apes
Fecal screening detects Ebola antibodies in wild great apes, suggests some apes survive exposureTo see VIDEO, CLICK HERE. NEW YORK (September 18, 2014) – A group of international scientists have developed a new method to study Ebola virus in wildlife. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-led research, published today in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, describes the use of fecal samples from wild great apes to identify populations likely to have been exposed to the virus. This re...
August 05, 2014
WCS Statement on Public-Private Partnership Agreement on National Parks Management Signed with Republic of Congo
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 5, 2014) – In a ceremony timed with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Republic of Congo signed a Public-Private Partnership agreement on management of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park. This document officially establishes the Ndoki Foundation which will have management authority over the Park. John Robinson, WCS Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science issued the following statement:“On behalf of the Wildlife ...
April 24, 2014
Two Western Lowland Gorillas Born at Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo
Newborn gorillas make debut as Bronx Zoo marks the beginning of the summer seasonFirst gorillas born at Bronx Zoo in eight yearsB-roll download: Bronx Zoo Gorilla Babies April 2014.movYouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgCHVLyLDYY Bronx, NY – April 24, 2014 – Two western lowland gorillas were born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. These are the first gorillas born at the Bronx Zoo since 2006. The Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest is now home to 20 gorillas – the largest group...
March 24, 2014
Good News for Great Ape
The Cross River gorilla is one of the world’s largest gorillas and also the rarest, but recently conservationists have made important achievements to help protect this species.
March 20, 2014
World’s Rarest Gorilla Gets New Roadmap for Survival
Local and international support crucial to continued protection for Cross River gorilla according to revised conservation action plan NEW YORK (March 20, 2014)—In spite of the continued threats of poaching and habitat destruction, future prospects for the world’s rarest gorilla have improved but are still dependent on continued local and international partnerships, according to a new action plan published by the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group and the Wildlife Conservation Society, and produce...
March 20, 2014
The Wildlife Conservation Society To Hold 6th Annual WCS Runfor the Wild At the Bronx Zoo
Annual 5k run/walk is dedicated to WCS’s 96 Elephants Campaign WCS Run for the Wild 2014 will raise funds to save elephants from the worst poaching crisis in two decades96 elephants are killed every day in AfricaRegistration open at www.wcsrunforthewild.orgEvent date:Saturday, April 26, 2014at the Bronx ZooBronx, N.Y. – March 20, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society is dedicating the 6th annual Run for the Wild to saving elephants from the worst poaching crisis in two decades. Wildlife suppo...
January 22, 2014
Alarming Analysis: One Quarter of Sharks and Rays Face Extinction
As overfishing pushes more and more shark and ray species to the brink, WCS is increasing its commitment to the conservation of these fish and their relatives over the next 10 years.
January 22, 2014
Media Statement: IUCN and Sharks
Bronx, New York (January 22, 2014) -- The following statement was issued today by Dr. Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society: "The Wildlife Conservation Society expresses its alarm at the new findings released yesterday by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, indicating the heightened threatened status of the world’s sharks, rays, skates and chimeras, the cartilaginous fishes.“A global analysis of the conservation status of the 1,041 specie...
January 16, 2014
Testimony of Elizabeth L. Bennett, Ph.D., Vice President, Species Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society submitted to New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation
January 16, 2014 Good afternoon. My name is Elizabeth Bennett. I am the Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Thank you for the opportunity to speak before you today regarding the plight of African elephants due to demand for ivory, and the actions that New York State can take to improve their conservation status in the wild. My background is that I have spent 30 years working in wildlife conservation, from long-term field research on wildlife and h...
December 20, 2013
NEW YORK (December 20) – SILVER BELLS, SILVERBACK -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released this stunning camera trap photo of a silverback Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) taken in Nigeria’ s Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary. Cross River gorillas are the rarest of the four gorilla subspecies – numbering fewer than 300 individuals and found only in the forested, mountainous border region of Nigeria and Cameroon. WCS conservation work at this site is supported by Save our Sp...
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