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October 23, 2013
Lesser-known Species Fall Victim to the Illegal Wildlife Trade
Dwi Dhiasto of WCS’s Indonesia Program discusses the threat of extinction facing the pangolin, an extraordinary and rare dog-sized animal, in Asia and Africa.
September 24, 2013
Fatal Poaching Incident in Thailand
After a gunfight with poachers on September 13th, two wildlife rangers were killed and two others seriously injured in their efforts to protect the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary.
September 23, 2013
Media Statement: Fatal Poaching Incident in Thailand
NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2013) — The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society: Two wildlife rangers have been killed and two others seriously injured in a gunfight with poachers in Thailand's Western Forest Complex. In the incident, which occurred in the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary on Sept. 13, the wildlife rangers were killed by a criminal gang, armed with an AK-47, who were attempting to poach tigers, elephants, gibbons and other wildlife. One poacher wa...
September 23, 2013
PHOTOS: Eagle vs. Deer (Spoiler Alert: Eagle Wins)
Amazing camera trap photos from Russian Far East show predation of sika deer by a golden eagle. Photos released in paper by Zoological Society of London and Wildlife Conservation Society. NEW YORK (September 23, 2013) — A camera trap set out for endangered Siberian (Amur) tigers in the Russian Far East photographed something far more rare: a golden eagle capturing a young sika deer. The three images only cover a two-second period, but show an adult golden eagle clinging to the deer’s b...
August 28, 2013
Nominees Announced for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize; True Heroes to Vie for Quarter of a Million Dollars in World’s Leading Award for Animal Conservation
Prize Officials Encourage People to Take Action as More Species are at Risk of Extinction INDIANAPOLIS — Thirty-nine conservationists who have dedicated their lives to saving the Earth’s endangered species have been nominated to receive the biennial Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. The winner of the Prize will receive an unrestricted $250,000 cash award and the Lilly Medal. Five other finalists will each receive $10,000. The nominees’ work spans the globe...
August 15, 2013
In Russia, Giant Owls Rely on Giant Trees
A new study shows that Blakiston's fish owls are a clear indicator of the health of the forests, rivers, and salmon populations in Russia’s Far East.
August 14, 2013
New Report is the First Published Study to Confirm Distemper as a Killer of Amur Tigers
Genetic testing used to verify suspected cause of disease and death Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, Primorskaya State Agricultural Academy in Russia and colleagues characterize new threat to endangered big cat New York, N.Y. – August 14, 2013 – The first-ever published study to genetically characterize canine distemper virus (CDV) in tigers confirms that CDV acts as both a direct and indirect cause of death in the endangered big cats in the Ru...
August 09, 2013
In Myanmar, Natural Resources Are Key to Conflict Resolution
As Myanmar transitions to peace after years of internal conflict, WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper, who visited the country earlier this year, writes on the importance of balancing development with natural resource conservation efforts.
August 08, 2013
Corruption along the Vietnam-China Border Permits Massive Wildlife Smuggling
Scott Roberton, representative of WCS’s Vietnam Program, describes the country’s vast wildlife trade that is driving many species to extinction, as well as the progress being made to combat it.
July 16, 2013
U.S. State Department under Secretary Robert D. Hormats Discusses Global Fight against Wildlife Trafficking at WCS’s Central Park Zoo
NEW YORK (Monday, July 15, 2013)— The Wildlife Conservation Society today hosted U.S. State Department Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and Environment Robert D. Hormats at WCS’s Central Park Zoo, where the global issue of illegal wildlife trafficking of elephants, tigers, and other endangered species was discussed. At the event, hosted by WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper and others, Hormats discussed the challenges posed by wildlife trafficking to national and international...
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