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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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From understanding Ebola in Central Africa to using medicinal plants in Bolivia, local communities are emerging as key partners in fighting diseases shared by humans and wildlife WCS health officials presented findings at this week’s OIE Global Conference on Wildlife: “Animal Health and Biodiversity—Preparing for the Future” PARIS, FRANCE (February 25, 2011)—Wildlife health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said they are increasingly relying on th...

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SAVE THE DATE: February 23-25, 2011 Conference addresses management approaches to health risks to humans and animals Who:   Dr. Robert Cook, Executive Vice President and General Director of WCS’s Living Institutions. Dr. Cook will discuss the role of zoological conservation organizations in the health of wildlife.   Dr. Alain Ondzie, Field Veterinarian, WCS-Global Health Program. Ondzie will discuss efforts to monitor and mitigate the threat of Ebola viruses to wildl...

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Save the Date: February 14-16, 2011 Event Promotes Human/Animal Health and Global Survival Who:   Dr. Steven Osofsky, Director of Wildlife Health Policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society; Dr. Osofsky will discuss how current international policies related to livestock disease control and trade constrain southern Africa’s new vision for transboundary wildlife conservation, and will explore ‘win-win’ policy solutions.    Where:Melbourne Convention Centre1 Convention Cent...

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WCS helps launch an open-access database that will enable governments and health agencies to track emerging diseases around the globe.

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Open-access website uses technology to merge wildlife and human health surveillance NEW YORK (February 9, 2011)— Health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital Boston, the University of California at Davis, EcoHealth Alliance, and other members of PREDICT have publicly launched a web-based, open-access map to help governments and health agencies track emerging infectious diseases across the world. Announced at this week’s International...

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For a quarter century, the WCS Wildlife Health Center has provided healthcare for all animals within WCS’s New York City parks and served as headquarters for our wildlife health work in countries across the globe.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s state-of-the-art hospital includes medical, surgical, and pathology facilities for WCS’s Living Institution collectionsServes as headquarters for WCS’s field veterinary program that monitors wildlife health and potential pandemics around the world NEW YORK (December 9, 2010)— The Wildlife Conservation Society celebrates today the 25th Anniversary of the Wildlife Health Center, a state-of-the-art hospital and applied research facility. Opened in 1985,...

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Both facilities are part of the C.V. Starr Science Campus at the Bronx Zoo. Bronx, NY – Oct. 6, 2010 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo today celebrated the groundbreaking of the LaMattina Wildlife Ambassador Center and a Special Care Unit of the Global Center for Wildlife Health – two facilities that will help WCS continue its long tradition of connecting people to nature and ensuring exemplary care for animals. The LaMattina Wildlife Ambassa...

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NEW YORK (April 14, 2010)—The Wildlife Conservation Society is working with partners on a study to prevent deadly diseases from entering New York through the illegal trade of such wildlife as apes, monkeys, and rodents. The study—focusing on detecting pathogens in wildlife products entering the New York City area—will be discussed by Dr. Kristine Smith of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Global Health Program at “Wildlife Conservation and Human Health,” the latest symposium in the WCS Fairfie...

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