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September 11, 2012
Rangers on the Frontline Get Powerful New Tool to Combat Wildlife Crime
SMART Technology Unveiled at World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea Strategic Tool Designed to Identify Poaching Hotspots JEJU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SEPT. 11, 2012) – A free high-tech tool to combat the wildlife poaching crisis was offered to grassroots rangers by a consortium of conservation organizations at the World Conservation Congress. SMART, the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, is designed to help park and community rangers fight illegal wildlife trade by identifying p...
July 03, 2012
WILD FOREST – A LEGO® Safari at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo
Presented by Delta Airlines Lifelike LEGO® wildlife sculptures on display at the Bronx Zoo with activities for all ages Professionally built sculptures include: zebra, tiger, gorillas, lemurs, giraffe, rhinoceros, flamingos, hornbills, and more Activities include: LEGO® Master Builder demonstrations, interactive LEGO® Construction Zone, Wildlife Theater, Animal Activity Trail presented by Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and encore performances of Avenue Zoo Sat...
July 02, 2012
New World Heritage Site in Wild Heart of Central Africa
Forest elephants congregate en masse within TNS, a new World Heritage Site, sometimes in groups of 100 or more. Nowhere else in the world are this many forest elephants spotted together.
July 02, 2012
UNESCO Creates World's First Three-Nation World Heritage Site to Protect Heart of Congo Basin Rainforest
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (July 2, 2012) – A Central African protected area that straddles three countries and teems with gorillas, elephants, and chimpanzees has been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. Called the Sangha Tri-National Protected Area complex (known by its French acronym TNS) the site consists of a 25,000 km2 (10,000 square-mile) contiguous area across the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Cameroon, and the Centra...
May 25, 2012
How to Stop Wildlife Poachers
WCS VP for Species Conservation Liz Bennett details efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade and highlights the urgent need for additional security forces to slow and ultimately reverse the decimation of myriad charismatic species.
May 16, 2012
Wildlife Conservation Society Health Experts Narrow the Hunt for Ebola
WCS and partners recommend focusing on carcasses rather than live animals for samples NEW YORK (May 16, 2012)—Response efforts to outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Africa can benefit from a standardized sampling strategy that focuses on the carcasses of gorillas, chimpanzees, and other species known to succumb to the virus, according to a consortium of wildlife health experts. In a recently published study of 14 previous human Ebola outbreaks and the responses of wildlife teams collecting...
May 08, 2012
Camera Trap Video Offers Rare Glimpse of World’s Rarest Gorilla
First camera trap video footage of Cross River gorillas reveals candid behaviors of elusive animals and threat of poaching NEW YORK (May 8, 2012)—Conservationists working in Cameroon’s Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary have collected the first camera trap video footage of the Cross River gorilla. With fewer than 250 individuals remaining, Cross River gorillas are the world’s rarest gorilla and a notoriously elusive species rarely observed directly by field researchers. Collected from one of ...
May 08, 2012
Video Captures Hidden World of Elusive Apes
Rare camera trap footage of Cross River gorillas reveals candid behaviors of these rarest of apes as they make their way along a forest path in Cameroon’s Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary.
May 03, 2012
Africa’s Rift Valley Saved by Parks
New book underscores importance of protected areas and long-term conservation monitoring Book documents changes in climate, habitat, wildlife, and conservation in globally important region spanning five countries The Ecological Impact of Long-Term Changes in Africa’s Rift Valley is published by Nova Publishers (https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=19950) NEW YORK (May 3, 2012) – A new book produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Albertine Rift Conservat...
May 01, 2012
Bigger Gorillas Better at Attracting Mates & Raising Young
Study in Congo protected area helps researchers understand selective factors in gorilla behavior and reproduction NEW YORK (May 1, 2012)—Conservationists with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have found that larger male gorillas living in the rainforests of Congo seem to be more successful than smaller ones at attracting mates and even raising young. The study—conducted over a 12-year period in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park i...
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