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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...

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Two new buildings join the C.V. Starr Science Campus at the Bronx Zoo. The LaMattina Wildlife Ambassador Center and expanded Wildlife Health Center help WCS continue its mission of connecting people to nature while ensuring exemplary care for animals.

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Both buildings are part of the C.V. Starr Science Campus at the Bronx Zoo Bronx, NY – Oct. 4, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has completed construction of two buildings – the LaMattina Wildlife Ambassador Center, an education center that will enthrall students as they learn about wildlife and wild places, and an expansion of its Wildlife Health Center. The buildings were unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today. The facilities will help WC...

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Both buildings are part of the C.V. Starr Science Campus at the Bronx Zoo Thursday, October 4, 2012; 10:30 a.m. Media Arrival: 10 a.m. Bronx, NY – Oct. 2, 2012 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has completed construction of two buildings and will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the LaMattina Wildlife Ambassador Center and an expansion of the Wildlife Health Center at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. The facilities will help WCS continue its long ...

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This year brings perfect flamingo breeding conditions to Inagua National Park Bronx, NY – July 16, 2012 – This year has been a bumper crop for Caribbean flamingos in Inagua National Park in the Bahamas. The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, with the help of partner organizations, led a flamingo banding program in June to facilitate the long-term monitoring of movements across the species’ range. Led by Dr. Nancy Clum, Curator of Ornithology at the Bronx Zoo, the ...

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WCS and partners recommend focusing on carcasses rather than live animals for samples NEW YORK (May 16, 2012)—Response efforts to outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Africa can benefit from a standardized sampling strategy that focuses on the carcasses of gorillas, chimpanzees, and other species known to succumb to the virus, according to a consortium of wildlife health experts. In a recently published study of 14 previous human Ebola outbreaks and the responses of wildlife teams collecting...

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A study finds evidence that bushmeat (including these straw-colored fruit bats) illegally imported into the country by air can contain and spread pathogens from wildlife to humans, and establishes the importance of tracking diseases associated with the illegal wildlife trade at U.S. ports.

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Experts from UC Berkeley, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and the Wildlife Conservation Society find powerful connection between wildlife access and prevention of critical childhood nutritional deficiencies in Madagascar NEW YORK (November 21, 2011) —For the first time, researchers have uncovered a powerful connection between loss of access to wildlife and micronutrient deficiencies in children, according to a recently published study by the University of California-Berke...

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Camera trap surveys show surprising numbers of elusive big cats in Wakhan Corridor in northeastern AfghanistanWith USAID support, WCS is working with Afghanistan communities on conservation to benefit wildlife and human livelihoods NEW YORK (July 13, 2011) – The Wildlife Conservation Society has discovered a surprisingly healthy population of rare snow leopards living in the mountainous reaches of northeastern Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, according to a new study.The discovery gives hope to th...

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NEW YORK (May 12, 2011)—The Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations released a new study recommending a disease screening program for farm-raised caiman in ranching facilities in Argentina to ensure the safety of people and wildlife alike.   The recommendations focus on two crocodilian species, the yacare caiman and broad-snouted caiman, both of which are reared in caiman ranches for sustainable harvest. The research team sought to assess the presence of potentially harmful bacter...

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