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WCS CEO Cristián Samper: “We need to protect the source,break the chain and stop demand.” Join the Global Pledge at WildlifePledge.org Washington, D.C. – December 4, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society, in concert with the U.S. State Department, urged citizens around the world to pledge to help stop the illegal wildlife trade on Wildlife Conservation Day, December 4th. The pledge, found online at WildlifePledge.org, was conceived by ...
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New York (December 3, 2012)  WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper issued the following statement for Wildlife Conservation Day:  The Connection Between Species Extinction, Organized Crime Illegal wildlife trafficking may prove to be the demise of many of our Earth’s species. Further, this activity – which is snuffing out the last populations of elephants, tigers and other animals -- finances organized crime and augments the sp...
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted an event on wildlife trafficking, with a panel moderated by WCS CEO, Dr. Cristián Samper. Dr. Samper also released a statement reiterating the need to advance initiatives that will halt wildlife trafficking.
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Nov. 2, 2012CONTACT: MARY DIXON, mdixon@wcs.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...
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Nov. 1, 2012CONTACT: MARY DIXON, 347-840-1242, mdixon@wcs.org 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...
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More Than 1,500 Runners and Walkers Dash Across Coney Island’s Famous Boardwalk at the WCS Run for the Wild in Brooklyn Fiona Bayly, New York, N.Y. – First woman to cross the finish line Alessio Asaro, Queens, N.Y. – First man to cross the finish line City Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., and Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny were in attendance Christopher Ritchey of Manhattan earns top fundr...
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$7.5 million gift will help fund the aquarium’s Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit  New York City Has Committed $93.1 million Brooklyn, N.Y. – Sept. 6, 2012 ATTACHED PHOTO: Pictured left to right are: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Don Zucker, WCS Trustee Barbara Hrbek Zucker, City Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., NYS Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, WC...
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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...
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During the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea, WCS urges government entities to protect sharks and rays from overfishing. WCS advocates improved management of fisheries, limits on catches of certain species, and increased CITES protections.
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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...
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