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News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
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November 02, 2012
Wildlife Conservation Society Issues Update on New York Aquarium Post Hurricane Sandy
Nov. 2, 2012CONTACT: MARY DIXON, firstname.lastname@example.org, 347-840-1242 (texts and emails are best) From Jim Breheny, WCS Executive Vice President of Zoos and Aquarium, Director of the Bronx Zoo:We have restored power to three-quarters of the exhbits and holding quarters at the aquarium. Work progresses in restoring power to the last large exhibit building at WCS’s New York Aquarium, Explore the Shore. Progress to restore this power is slower than we anticipated due to the adverse conditions and extensive...
November 01, 2012
Wildlife Conservation Society Statement on the WCS New York Aquarium
Nov. 1, 2012CONTACT: MARY DIXON, 347-840-1242, email@example.com A statement issued by Jim Breheny, Executive Vice President of WCS Zoos and Aquarium and Director of the Bronx Zoo: Using generator power, we are making progress restoring life support systems to our aquatic exhibits throughout the WCS New York Aquarium. We have restored power to two of our main exhibit buildings -- Glover's Reef and Conservation Hall. However, we still have areas that we have not been able to fully assess as to when...
October 25, 2012
REPORT: Across Southern Africa, Illegal Hunting and Bushmeat Trade Threaten Large Regions with Ecological Collapse
Lions, cheetah, leopard, and wild dog particularly vulnerable Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states take first steps to tackle looming conservation crisis View the report>> JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (October 25, 2012) – A recent report says illegal hunting of wildlife in South African Development Community (SADC) states can lead to the eradication of many species across extensive areas a...
October 01, 2012
Do You Approve This Message? Bison Coalition Invites Teens to Create and Submit National Mammal PSAs
Teens can win prizes by producing a 30-60 second video advocating for the bison to become to the National Mammal Visit VoteBison.org to cast your vote Bronx, N.Y. – October 1, 2012 – The Vote Bison coalition, which is campaigning to make the bison the National Mammal of the United States, issued a call for teen-created videos that tell Americans why the bison deserves their votes. The coalition is asking teens (ages 13-19) to create and submit a 30-60 second public service announcement (P...
September 06, 2012
WCS President and CEO Delivers Keynote to IUCN
WCS President and CEO, Dr. Cristián Samper, delivered the following keynote speech during the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea. His speech may be read below.Martha's Legacy:The past, present and future of species, ecosystems and human livelihoods"On September 1, 1914, nearly 100 years ago, the last passenger pigeon passed away in a cage in the Cincinnati Zoo after many years in captivity. Her name was Martha. She was the last of her kind and with her, this extraordinary...
September 05, 2012
Montanans Voice Overwhelming Support for Restoring Bison
BOZEMAN, MT ( September 5, 2012) As wildlife managers continue work on a statewide bison-management plan, a new survey underscores overwhelming public support for restoring a herd of wild, wide-ranging bison on public land in Montana. Additionally, Montana voters specifically support restoration to the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in central Montana.Sixty-eight percent of Montanans support restoration of wild bison on federal or state land, while just 26 percent are opposed, accor...
September 05, 2012
Three Amur Tiger Cubs Debut at Tiger Mountain at WCS's Bronx Zoo
Exhibit educates millions of visitors about plight of wild tigersTigers are critically endangered with fewer than 3,200 remaining in the wildTo celebrate the tiger triplets, $3 off all Total Experience Tickets purchased onlineView the video: http://youtu.be/0TokSkePO1QBronx, NY – Sept. 5, 2012 – The Tiger Mountain exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo roared with new activity today as three Amur tiger cubs made their public debut. The cubs were born to mother Katharina and fat...
September 04, 2012
WCS and Partners Announce a Call-To-Action in Jeju for Sharks
Wildlife Conservation Society and partners call for regulation of international trade in sharks and rays JEJU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, September 4, 2012—The Wildlife Conservation Society and over 35 government agency and NGO partners participating in IUCN’s World Conservation Congress this week are urging the world’s governments to take urgent steps to save the world’s sharks and rays from the relentless pressure of over-fishing for international trade. WC...
August 30, 2012
Bronx Zoo Announces Birth of the First Genetically Pure Bison Calf Ever Produced by Embryo Transfer
Program will establish breeding herd of genetically pure bison for future restoration projects and U.S. zoosSuccess is result of collaboration between Colorado State University, USDA-APHIS, the American Prairie Reserve, and the Wildlife Conservation SocietyBronx Zoo’s bison legacy continues after more than 100 yearsB-roll video for download available here.Audio slideshow available here.Support legislation to make bison the national mammal at: www.votebison.org Bronx, NY – Aug. 30, 2012 – The Wil...
August 16, 2012
Mayor Bloomberg and WCS Unveil Design and Announce New Funding for New York Aquarium "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" Building
Groundbreaking to Begin this Fall; Grand Opening Set for 2015 57,000 Square Foot Exhibit to Feature Sharks, Rays, Sea Turtles and Thousands of Fish August 16, 2012--Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristián Samper today unveiled the design and announced new funding for the New York Aquarium “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” building. The City’s Public Design Commission approved the design plan earlier this month for the 57,000 squa...
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