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News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
Op-Eds & Blogs
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...
August 02, 2012
WCS's New York Aquarium Hosts Environmental Art Exhibit as Part of A-MAZE-ING WATER Events
Artistic interpretations of water include sculptures, paintings, and innovative designs A-MAZE-ING Water features elements of the New York Seascape –the aquarium’s conservation program working to preserve local waters Exhibits open through Sunday, Sept. 9 Brooklyn, N.Y. – Aug. 2, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is hosting a summer art installation called A-MAZE-ING WATER: ...
July 26, 2012
WCS Hosts 2nd Annual Run for the Wild in Brooklyn
Presented by Con Edison The Wildlife Conservation Society Announces Second Annual WCS Run for the Wild at the New York Aquarium This year’s WCS Run for the Wild 5K run/walk in Brooklyn is dedicated to saving walruses and other wildlife Event date: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012; 5K Run: 8 a.m.; Family Fun Run/Walk: 8:45 a.m. Registration is now open at: wcsrunforthewild.org/nyaquarium Brooklyn, N.Y. – July 26, 2012 – Time to lace up the sneakers – and perhaps snowshoes – as the sec...
July 24, 2012
Flock to WCS New York Aquarium to See the Newest Avian Addition: a Black-Footed Penguin Chick
The arrival marks the first hatching of this endangered species at the aquarium in 15 years View footage of the penguin Brooklyn, N.Y. – July 24, 2012 – The newest animal to nest at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is a black-footed penguin chick, the first one to hatch in 15 years at the aquarium. Black-footed penguins are endangered, making the chick’s arrival significant not only for the aquarium, but for the species’...
June 25, 2012
Plundering the Seas for a Bowl of Soup
John Calvelli, WCS Executive VP for Public Affairs, discusses threats to global shark populations and the devastating legacy of
. As demand for shark fin soup grows, Calvelli emphasizes that efforts to conserve vulnerable shark species must incorporate a curb on the trade of their fins.
May 15, 2012
Researchers Track Manta Rays with Satellites
The first satellite tag study for the world’s largest ray, conducted by researchers from WCS, the University of Exeter, and the Mexican government, reveals its habits and hidden journeys.
May 14, 2012
WCS’s New York Aquarium Opens New 1,500-Square-Foot Exhibit on World Oceans Day
A-MAZE-ING Water opens to the public on June 8, 2012 Interactive exhibit will immerse visitors in the world of water conservation Maze includes watershed environments, rivers, lakes, oceans and environmental threats Weekend programming includes art exhibits, hands-on activities and much more A-MAZE-ING Water will feature elements of the New York Seascape, the aquarium’s conservation program that works to preserve local NY waters Exhibit will be open through September 9th Brooklyn, N.Y. – May...
May 10, 2012
First Satellite Tag Study for Manta Rays Reveals Habits and Hidden Journeys of Ocean Giants
Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Exeter, and the Mexican Government uncover feeding habitats and threats to world’s largest ray Six manta rays tagged, some traveling more than 1,100 kilometers NEW YORK (May 10, 2012)—Using the latest satellite tracking technology, conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Exeter (UK), and the Government of Mexico have completed a ground-breaking study on a mysterious ocean giant: the manta ray. T...
April 25, 2012
WCS’s New York Aquarium Needs Help Naming Unique Porcupine Fish
Submit a name at: http://www.nyaquarium.com/fish-naming Brooklyn, N.Y. – April 25, 2012 – A porcupine fish at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is in need of a name, and New Yorkers are being asked to weigh in with their suggestions at http://www.nyaquarium.com/fish-naming. To suggest a name for consideration, go to http://www.nyaquarium.com/fish-naming. Aquarium staff will choose from the pool of submissions. The porcupine fish sports black polka dots and orange spots,...
March 29, 2012
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium Debuts Tropical Sargassum Fish
Brooklyn, N.Y. – March 29, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is now home to tropical sargassum fish in the Explore the Shore exhibit. Sargassum fish are native to parts of the Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Pacific waters. Being masters of camouflage, sargassum fish are usually found in a mottled yellow-brown color to match the seaweeds in their native habitat. Their bodies and fins are covered in weed-like protrusions that further their ability to hide while maneuvering thro...
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