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November 25, 2013
Study Sheds Light on Forgotten Apes
A recent study discovered that bonobos, formerly known as pygmy chimpanzees, are in danger of losing their habitats.
October 15, 2013
The 180-Pound Gorilla in the Operating Room
In the New York Times, reporter Lisa W. Foderaro covers the illness, treatment and recovery of Holli, one of the Bronx Zoo's 18 gorillas and the dominant female in her troop. The article offers a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo, a leader in conservation and zoo science. Holli's surgery and recuperation took place in the zoo’s 30,000-square-foot health center, one of the most sophisticated animal medical facilities in the country, with three wards, a nursery, an intensive care unit, molecular a...
September 16, 2013
Progress Report: Saving Amphibians in The DRC
Conservationists are working with local communities to protect the biodiversity of the Albertine Rift.
July 22, 2013
Hunting Pushing Central African Forests Toward Ecological Collapse
Loss of elephants, gorillas and other species threatens long-term persistence of forests Study by the Universities of Stirling, Oxford, Queensland, and WCS warn of imminent ecological collapse caused by unsustainable huntingand other factors NEW YORK (July 22, 2013)—Scientists from the Universities of Stirling, Oxford, Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society warn that current hunting trends in Central African forests could result in complete ecological collapse. The authors maintain ...
May 21, 2013
Conservationists Release Manual on Protecting Great Apes in Forest Concessions
NEW YORK (May 21, 2013)—A new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) highlights the plight of great apes in the forest concessions of Central Africa and recommends actions to improve protection for gorillas and chimpanzees in these mixed-used landscapes, according to authors from the Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF, IUCN, Lincoln Park Zoo and Washington University.While most conservation efforts are focused on protecting great apes and other species in Central A...
April 01, 2013
Pattycake, First Gorilla Born in New York City, Dies at 40 Years Old at WCS’s Bronx Zoo
Bronx, New York, March 31, 2013 -- Pattycake, the first gorilla born in New York City, died today at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo at 40 years old. Pattycake was under medical care due to her advanced age and she was being treated for chronic cardiac issues. A necropsy was performed today and more conclusive results will follow. Pattycake was born at the Central Park Zoo on Sept. 3, 1972 to parents Kongo and Lulu. Since her birth, she was loved by New Yorkers who were captivat...
March 13, 2013
Gorillas in Crisis– Caught in the Crossfire of Conflict in the DRC
Setting the record straight about Grauer’s gorilla, potentially the most threatened gorilla in the world NEW YORK (March 13, 2013) – The world’s leading conservation organizations have joined together to fight for the survival of the Endangered Grauer’s or eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri). Found only in the mountain and mid-altitude forests of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Grauer's gorilla is not only the largest of the four gorilla subspecies ...
January 31, 2013
New Park Protects 15,000 Gorillas
Republic of Congo creates Ntokou-Pikounda National Park to safeguard thousands of great apes Park contains massive ape population discovered by WCS in 2008, and is home to hundreds of elephants and chimpanzees NEW YORK (DATE) — The Republic of Congo has declared a new national park that protects a core population of the 125,000 western lowland gorillas discovered by WCS in 2008. Called Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, the new protected area spans some 4,572 square kilometers (1...
December 05, 2012
Mountain Gorillas on the Rise
The thick-coated mountain gorilla only inhabits two places on Earth: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Virunga Volcanoes in the African nations of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
December 03, 2012
Recent Census Finds Increase in Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
New estimate brings world population of mountain gorillas to 880 NEW YORK (December 3, 2012)—A 2011 census of mountain gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has confirmed that the great apes there have increased in number since the last count in 2006, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which provided support for the census. Recently released by the Uganda Minister for Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the new census reveal...
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