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News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
Op-Eds & Blogs
December 16, 2014
Harbor Seals Return to WCS’s Central Park Zoo
Young seals make move to Manhattan from Brooklyn Harbor seals return to zoo after three years Species can be found in waters surrounding New York City WCS’s New York Seascape Program works locally to save marine species New York, NY – Dec. 16, 2014 – Two young harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) have made their public debut at WCS’s Central Park Zoo. It is the first time since 2011 that the species has been exhibited ...
December 08, 2014
Science for Nature and People (SNAP) Names Renowned Conservation Innovator as New Executive Director
Craig Groves To Lead Cutting-Edge Science Initiative Tackling Challenges Such As Fracking, Sustainable Agriculture, Coastal Defenses, Global Fish Stocks & Communicating Climate Change Through Video Games ARLINGTON, VA. – December 8, 2014 – Science for Nature and People (SNAP) — a new science initiative producing solutions on issues from hydraulic fracturing to sustainable agriculture intensification to protecting coastlines in the face of sea-level rise — has named...
November 20, 2014
WCS’s New York Aquarium Opens Registration for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” A Two-Day Mini Camp
Program teaches children ages 6 to 8 about adaptations marine mammals have to survive the cold Activities include games, crafts, and animal exhibit visits Registration and more information available at www.nyaquarium.com Brooklyn, N.Y. –– Nov. 20, 2014 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society’s) New York Aquarium has announced registration for its winter mini camp, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Monday and Tuesday, Dec....
November 18, 2014
WCS’s Karukinka Reserve Celebrates 10 Years of Conservation
Public-Private Partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Goldman Sachs, and Chilean people marks first decade with milestones of scientific discovery, conservation, and public education & engagement Created in 2004, the 735,000 acre reserve in Chilean Tierra del Fuego contains southernmost old growth forests, largest population of guanacos in Chile, condors, and spectacular marine wildlife Intact forests and peatlands sequester almost 300 million tons of c...
November 12, 2014
In Indonesia, Largest-Ever Confiscation of Illegal Manta Ray Parts by Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit Assists Ministry in Bust Arrest marks latest enforcement action of Indonesia’s recent national protection of manta rays Indonesia operates largest known shark and ray fisheries on earth NEW YORK (November 12, 2014) – The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia and the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society’s) Wildlife Crimes Unit announced the largest confiscation of illegal manta ray parts as part of...
November 07, 2014
WCS Statement on Escape of Elephant Poachers in Mozambique
WCS: The Escape of Elephant Poaching Suspects from Niassa National Reserve Only Sparks More Determination to Stop the CriminalsNiassa National Reserve, Mozambique, Nov. 7, 2014 The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society concerning the escape of two suspected elephant poachers. The poachers escaped on Oct. 27th from a Mecula police station. The suspects, arrested with guns and ammunition in their possession, were to be prosecuted under a stricter law which wo...
November 01, 2014
Reversing Course on Beavers
For years, beavers have been trapped and shot as varmints in the western U.S. According to WCS’s Jeff Burrell in the New York Times, though, people are starting to realize we need cheap ways to store water or “we’re going to be up a creek, a dry creek.” Beavers (and their dams) can help.It turns out beaver dams aren't easy to replicate, and the benefits they provide are crucial. Due largely to fur trapping, by 1930 there were no more than 100,000 beavers in North America, down from the tens of m...
October 31, 2014
National Bison Day 2014: America Celebrates a National Icon on November 1st
On social media, bison fans are posting their #BeardsForBison Senate passed bipartisan resolution to officially commemorate National Bison Day Find a Bison Day event near you at www.votebison.org Washington, D.C. – October 31, 2014 – The Vote Bison Coalition is joining bison-friendly businesses, groups and individuals around the country today to celebrate the third annual National Bison Day on Saturday, November 1. More than 19 events are occurring in at least 15 states to celebrate N...
October 24, 2014
Climate Change Impacts Countered By Stricter Fisheries Management
WCS study finds strong management can protect fisheries – and local fishing-based economies – otherwise affected by climate disturbances NEW YORK (October 24, 2014) – A new study has found that implementing stricter fisheries management overcame the expected detrimental effects of climate change disturbances in coral reef fisheries badly impacted by the 1997/98 El Niño, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. The 17-year study led by WCS fisheries scientists found that rapid implementati...
October 16, 2014
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo Host the Annual Boo at the Zoo Weekend
At the WCS Prospect Park Zoo: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.At the WCS Queens Zoo: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. After-School Halloween Party: Friday, Oct. 31; 3 to 4:30 p.m.New York – Oct. 16, 2014 –Halloween fun awaits at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo during the annual Boo at the Zoo weekend, presented by Canon. Boo at the Zoo at the Prospect Park Zoo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26, ...
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