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News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
Op-Eds & Blogs
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 14, 2013
Fencing in Africa’s Lions
The future looks bleak for Africa’s lions. According to a new report, a fence may be the only thing that stands between them and extinction.
March 13, 2013
Two New Marine Protected Areas Created on Argentina’s Southern Coasts
Coastal parks created in Patagonia with assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society now safeguard sea lions, penguins, dolphins, and other sea life NEW YORK (March 13, 2013)—The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the Government of Argentina for creating two enormous marine protected areas in Patagonia, a region filled with majestic shorelines and abundant wildlife. The new marine parks—Isla Pingüino Coastal Marine Park and Makenke Coastal Marine Park—were recently established by the...
March 06, 2013
CITES: Crucial for Conserving Sharks and Rays
Wildlife Conservation Society joins call on governments to list species of sharks and rays on CITES NEW YORK (March 6, 2013)—Government delegates to the 16th meeting of the 178 member States of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convening in Bangkok, Thailand this week can help conserve some of the world’s most threatened sharks and rays—ancient, cartilaginous fish species that are under severe pressure globally from over-fishing –...
February 26, 2013
WCS’s New York Aquarium Slated For Partial Reopening in Late Spring of this Year
Coney Island, Brooklyn, February 25, 2013 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society plans to partially reopen the hurricane-damaged New York Aquarium in late spring of this year. The partial reopening will include Glover’s Reef; exhibits in Conservation Hall (Coral Triangle of Fiji, Great Lakes of East Africa, and the Flooded Forests of the Amazon); outdoor spaces of Sea Cliffs (walrus, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins); and a fully re-modeled Aquatheater with a new sea lion demonstr...
February 22, 2013
WCS Applauds Record of Decision on Plan to Balance Conservation and Energy Development in National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska
Most important arctic wetlands and corridors for caribou and migratory birds to be conserved Record of Decision puts the final management plan into effect Washington, D.C. – February 21, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) lauded the U.S. Department of the Interior’s issuance of a Record of Decision enacting the final management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) ...
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 20, 2012
WCS Applauds U.S. Department of the Interior Final Management Plan Balancing Conservation and Energy Development In National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska
MOST IMPORTANT ARCTIC WETLANDS AND CORRIDORS FOR CARIBOU AND MIGRATORY BIRDS TO BE CONSERVED NEW YORK (DECEMBER 19, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) lauded U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s announcement of a final management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) that balances wildlife conservation and energy development in the biggest public landscape in the country. The Integrated Activity Plan and Final Environmental Impa...
December 11, 2012
Big Cats in Crisis
WCS recently celebrated a groundbreaking achievement: collaring snow leopards for the first time in Afghanistan.
reports on this effort--documented by National Geographic--and the larger challenges facing big cats around the world.
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 ...
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