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December 03, 2014
Arabian Sea Humpback Whales Isolated for 70,000 Years
The small non-migratory humpback whale population is genetically distinct, scientists find Researchers recommend “Critically Endangered” status for isolated whales NEW YORK (December 3, 2014) — Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the Environment Society of Oman, and other organizations have made a fascinating discovery in the northern Indian Ocean: humpback whales inhabiting the Arabian Sea are the most gen...
November 18, 2014
WCS’s Karukinka Reserve Celebrates 10 Years of Conservation
Public-Private Partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Goldman Sachs, and Chilean people marks first decade with milestones of scientific discovery, conservation, and public education & engagement Created in 2004, the 735,000 acre reserve in Chilean Tierra del Fuego contains southernmost old growth forests, largest population of guanacos in Chile, condors, and spectacular marine wildlife Intact forests and peatlands sequester almost 300 million tons of c...
November 14, 2014
Scientists Employ Satellite Tags To Solve Whale-Sized Mystery
Researchers from Wildlife Conservation Society, Aqualie Institute, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Cascadia Research Collective seek to uncover cause of southern right whale die-off Research team succeeds in affixing satellite transmitters to five southern right whales Finding unknown feeding ground may provide insights into mysterious mortality NEW YORK (November 14, 2014) — For the first time, scientists working in the waters of Patagonia...
November 12, 2014
Government of Gabon Announces the Decision to Create A New Marine Protected Area Network -- Covering About 23 percent of Gabon's Territorial Waters and EEZ
Announcement Made at Start of IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, AustraliaCoastal conservation efforts echo terrestrial national park system created in 2002 “Gabon will become the first Central African Nation to protect its marine resources with the establishment of a marine protected area network,” said John Robinson, Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science and IUCN Vice PresidentSydney, Australia (November 12, 2014)—The Government of Gabon has anno...
November 03, 2014
Bangladesh Creates New Marine Protected Area For Dolphins, Whales, Sharks, and Sea Turtles
“Swatch of No Ground Marine Protected Area” is Bangladesh’s first MPA New marine protected area announced as run-up to World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia (Nov. 12-19) New York (November 3, 2014)—The Government of Bangladesh has created the country’s first marine protected area that will now safeguard whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and other oceanic species, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. The creation of the “Swatch of No Ground Marine Protected Area” occu...
August 29, 2014
Humpbacks in New York
Our staff photographer Julie Larsen Maher recently snapped this great shot of a humpback whale off the NY coast, but such a sighting is not as rare as you may think.
August 28, 2014
A Big Bight: Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Photo of Humpback Whales in NYC Waters
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Aug. 28, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society photographed a humpback whale feeding yesterday less than six miles from New York City. Waters off New York City and the greater New York Bight serve as a feeding ground, nursery, and migratory corridor for many species of marine life including whales, dolphins, sharks, fish, and sea birds. WCS’s New York Seascape program works to restore healthy populations of these species and protect New York marine waters, which are vital to...
February 05, 2014
Whales and Human-Related Activities Overlap in African Waters
WCS-led satellite tracking study charts humpback whale movements and identifies overlap with offshore ocean industries Half of monitored animals unexpectedly travel north of coastal Gabon, perhaps toward an unknown breeding ground for humpbacks NEW YORK (February 5, 2014)—Scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Oregon State University, Stanford University, Columbia University, and the American Museum of Natural History have found that humpback whales swimming off the coast of western...
January 16, 2014
National Park Service and Outside Experts Collaborate On Initiative to Conserve Migratory Wildlife
Initiative focuses on wildlife moving in and out of U.S. parks BOZEMAN (January 16, 2014) — A new paper details a collaboration between the National Park Service (NPS) and outside experts, including Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists, in developing recommendations to conserve aerial, marine, and terrestrial populations of migrating wildlife that move in and out of U.S. national parks, often coming from distant regions of the globe.The paper, “Optimism and Challenge for Science-b...
December 11, 2013
Madagascar’s Masoala National Park Interpretive Center Inaugurated
MaMaBay Environmental Campus will help implement conservation programs in epicenter of Madagascar biodiversity WCS designed and constructed new facility in collaboration with Madagascar National Parks NEW YORK (December 11, 2013) — The new MaMaBay Environmental Campus, inaugurated on Friday November 22, 2013 by Madagascar’s Prime Minister Jean Omer Beriziky will help implement conservation programs in the epicenter of Madagascar biodiversity. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in collab...
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