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November 25, 2013
Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Week Brings Arctic Themed Ice Sculptures To Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo
Holiday fun includes wildlife ice carving competition; Demonstrations; interactive ice play area; ice displays; and more Thursday, Dec 26 – Tuesday, Dec. 31 Bronx, NY – Nov. 25, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo’s Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Celebration is back for the holiday season.. The week-long celebration, running from Thursday, Dec 26 – Tuesday, Dec. 31 features professional ice carving demonstrations, wildlife-themed ice sculpture displays, an interactive play area,...
October 03, 2013
Genetics Used to Sort Out Poorly Known—and Hunted—Whale Species
New information will inform management strategies for Bryde’s whaleCoastal subspecies has low genetic diversity and needs protectionNEW YORK (October 3, 2013)—Saving the whales often means knowing—sometimes genetically—one group of whales from another, say researchers attempting to define populations of a medium-sized and poorly understood baleen whale that is sometimes targeted by Japan’s scientific whaling program. In a new study, scientists from Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Mus...
September 25, 2013
Scientists Pinpoint Cause of Mysterious Whale Stranding
For the first time, a mass stranding of whales has been attributed to sonar mapping.
September 25, 2013
Whale Mass Stranding Attributed to Sonar Mapping For First Time
Investigation of 2008 melon-headed whale stranding in MadagascarConducted by independent review panel NEW YORK (September 25, 2013) — An independent scientific review panel has concluded that the mass stranding of approximately 100 melon-headed whales in the Loza Lagoon system in northwest Madagascar in 2008 was primarily triggered by acoustic stimuli, more specifically, a multi-beam echosounder system operated by a survey vessel contracted by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production (Northern M...
August 01, 2013
Media Statement: Creation of Argentina’s First Open-Ocean Protected Area
Burdwood Bank in the Patagonian Sea will protect whales, penguins, and rare cold corals WCS commends Argentina’s government and thanks local partners of the Forum of NGOs for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea WCS has advocated for open-ocean protected areas in the Patagonian Sea since 2005 NEW YORK (August 1, 2013)—The Wildlife Conservation Society’s President and CEO, Cristián Samper, issued the following statement on the recent declaration by Argentina to designate Burdwood Bank as t...
May 20, 2013
WCS Informs Discussion of Responses to a Changing Arctic
New York (May 20, 2013) – In two critical reports released at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, Sweden on May 15th, the scientific expertise of the Wildlife Conservation Society helped inform an international body of senior government officials about changing conditions in the Arctic, and potential responses to those changes. The scientific reports reviewed by the ministers are products of contributions from various experts, representing a range of knowledge and traditions—includ...
May 03, 2013
The Southern Right Whale Health Monitoring Program
Why are so many whales dying in Argentine Patagonia? The southern right whales that use Península Valdés, Argentina as a nursery ground have suffered the largest mortality event ever recorded for the species in the world. At least 605 right whales have died along the Argentine coast since 2003, including 538 newborn calves. One hundred and thirteen calves died in 2012 alone. The Southern Right Whale Health Monitoring Program is working with scientists worldwide to determine why the whales a...
April 15, 2013
"Save the Whales" Still the Rallying Cry
Reflecting on the American Museum of Natural History’s captivating new whale exhibition, Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, director of WCS’s Ocean Giants program, describes the challenges these beloved, but troubled creatures face in today’s oceans.
March 13, 2013
Two New Marine Protected Areas Created on Argentina’s Southern Coasts
Coastal parks created in Patagonia with assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society now safeguard sea lions, penguins, dolphins, and other sea life NEW YORK (March 13, 2013)—The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the Government of Argentina for creating two enormous marine protected areas in Patagonia, a region filled with majestic shorelines and abundant wildlife. The new marine parks—Isla Pingüino Coastal Marine Park and Makenke Coastal Marine Park—were recently established by the...
February 13, 2013
A New Look into Humpback History
A study co-authored by WCS conservationists shines light on the important question of how many humpback whales swam the North Atlantic before commercial whaling. This historical information will help guide future conservation goals for the species.
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