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North Atlantic humpbacks have come back but accurate pre-whaling estimate is key to defining recovery, says new study by Stanford University, Wildlife Conservation Society, AMNH, and Oregon State University NEW YORK (February 13, 2013)—Scientists from Stanford University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and other organizations are closing in on the answer to an important conservation question: how many humpback whales once exi...
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First range-wide study of bowhead whale genetics finds much genetic diversity lost during age of commercial whaling Canadian pack ice no barrier to ice-savvy bowheads crossing between oceans NEW YORK (October 18, 2012)—Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, City University of New York, and other organizations have published the first range-wide genetic analysis of the bowhead whale using hundreds of samples from both modern populations...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Marine mammals contend with new industrial developments in the Arctic as local waters become increasingly ice-free during the summer and fall.
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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)...
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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.
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Researchers from WCS, Columbia University, and other institutions find an unusual divide in song themes sung by humpback whales in Madagascar and Western Australia.
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