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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...
January 10, 2012
Health Experts Call for a New Kind of Airport Surveillance
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.
November 21, 2011
Wildlife Access Critical to Children’s Health
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...
July 13, 2011
WCS Discovers Healthy Snow Leopard Population In Afghanistan
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...
May 12, 2011
WCS Recommends Health Measures for Argentina’s Caiman Ranches
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...
February 25, 2011
Local Communities Are Sentinels in Wildlife Health Initiatives, Says WCS
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...
February 22, 2011
OIE Global Conference on Wildlife: Animal Health and Biodiversity Preparing for the Future
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...
February 15, 2011
Media Advisory: 1st International One Health Congress
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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