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April 05, 2016
First Western Bat Found with Deadly White Nose Syndrome
April 5, 2016 — White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has been confirmed in a little brown bat in Washington State – the first recorded occurrence of this deadly fungal disease in western North America. The presence of this disease was verified by the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Centre.
July 13, 2015
July 13th - One of World’s Rarest Turtles Heading Back to the Wild
WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration announced today that 21 captive-raised southern river terrapins have been released back into their native habitat in southwest Cambodia. More than 150 villagers, government representatives, and religious leaders attended ceremonies for the release.
November 19, 2013
The Human Health Costs of Losing Natural Systems: Quantifying Earth’s Worth to Public Health
Scientists Urge Focus on New Branch of Environmental Health NEW YORK (November 19, 2013) — A new paper from members of the HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) consortium delineates a new branch of environmental health that focuses on the public health risks of human-caused changes to Earth’s natural systems. Looking comprehensively at available research to date, the paper’s authors highlight repeated correlations between changes in natural systems and existing...
May 16, 2013
“One Health” Paradigm for the Future Featured In Medical School Textbook
New York (May 16, 2013) – In the new medical textbook, Jekel’s Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health (Elsevier, 2013), Wildlife Conservation Society veterinarian and Director of Health Policy, Dr. Steve Osofsky, offers a holistic approach to meeting challenges that result from humanity’s ongoing population growth, globalization trends, and unsustainable demand for earth’s finite natural resources. As the human population grows and becomes more interconnected, there ...
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...
October 05, 2012
Bronx Zoo Unveils Ambassador and Wildlife Health Centers
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.
October 04, 2012
Bronx Zoo Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Opening the LaMattina Wildlife Ambassador Center and Expanded Wildlife Health Center
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...
October 02, 2012
Bronx Zoo to Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Officially Opening Two Buildings: The LaMattina Wildlife Ambassador Center and Expansion of Wildlife Health Center
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 ...
July 16, 2012
WCS Bronx Zoo Leads Flamingo Researchers in Banding and Health Assessment Project in Bahamas
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 ...
May 16, 2012
Wildlife Conservation Society Health Experts Narrow the Hunt for Ebola
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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