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October 19, 2012
Bowhead Whales Have Lost Genetic Diversity
WCS and several partner organizations undertook the first range-wide genetic study of bowhead whales, their findings revealing good and bad news. Although these ocean giants expertly navigate seemingly impassable portions of the ocean, the species has lost genetic diversity.
September 14, 2012
WCS Lauds U.S. and Russia for Commitment to Protect Transboundary Arctic Area
JOINT STATEMENT ISSUED ON ESTABLISHMENT OF TRANSBOUNDARY PROTECTED AREA IN BERINGIA "Nowhere is cross-cultural collaboration needed more than in the rapidly changing Arctic.”–WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper Beringia spans both land and sea along U.S. and Russian border and teems with wildlife from whales and walruses, to caribou, musk oxen, and vast flocks of migratory birds NEW YORK (September 14, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced suppo...
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...
March 16, 2012
Arctic Peoples Convene to Address Potential Impacts of Increased Shipping on Marine Mammals
NEW YORK (March 16, 2012)—A rapid increase in shipping in the formerly ice-choked waterways of the Arctic poses a significant increase in risk to the region’s marine mammals and the local communities that rely on them for food security and cultural identity, according to an Alaska Native groups and the Wildlife Conservation Society who convened at a recent workshop. The workshop—which ran from March 12–14—examined the potential impacts to the region’s wildlife and highlighted priorities for fut...
March 16, 2012
In the Arctic, Fewer Icebergs, More Ships
Marine mammals contend with new industrial developments in the Arctic as local waters become increasingly ice-free during the summer and fall.
February 14, 2012
New Hope for Threatened Freshwater Dolphins in Asia
Three new wildlife sanctuaries for Ganges River and Irrawaddy dolphins declared by the Government of Bangladesh Wildlife Conservation Society collaborative study with Bangladesh Forest Department helped pinpoint location of new protected areas NEW YORK (February 14, 2012) – The Government of Bangladesh recently declared three new wildlife sanctuaries for endangered freshwater dolphins in the world’s largest mangrove ecosystem – the Sundarbans, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)...
February 14, 2012
Bangladesh Helps Threatened Dolphins Stay Afloat
The Government of Bangladesh declares three new wildlife sanctuaries for Ganges River and Irrawaddy dolphins. A WCS collaborative study with the Bangladesh Forest Department helped pinpoint the locations of the new protected areas.
February 02, 2012
Same Ocean, Different Songs
Researchers from WCS, Columbia University, and other institutions find an unusual divide in song themes sung by humpback whales in Madagascar and Western Australia.
January 24, 2012
Marine Mammals On the Menu in Many Parts of World
New study finds 87 marine mammal species consumed by people in 114 countries New York (January 24, 2012)—The fate of the world’s great whale species commands global attention as a result of heated debate between pro and anti-whaling advocates, but the fate of smaller marine mammals is less understood, specifically because the deliberate and accidental harvesting of dolphins, porpoises, manatees and other warm-blooded aquatic denizens is rarely studied or monitored. To shed more light on the i...
August 24, 2011
Chile Says No to Salmon Farming off Tierra del Fuego
Wildlife Conservation Society commends officials for safeguarding fragile coastal areas WCS: protection can be improved in other provinces NEW YORK (August 24, 2011) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today commended local Chilean officials for keeping salmon farms from the fragile coastal waters of Tierra del Fuego Province due to environmental concerns. The officials also reduced salmon farming in nearby Antarctica and Magellanes Provinces along the Patago...
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