Op-Ed & Blog
News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
Op-Ed & Blog
Mesoamerica and Western Caribbean
March 01, 2012
Fashion Goes Green in Patagonia
WCS helps a group of Argentine cashmere producers adopt sustainable husbandry practices that improve their livelihoods while also protecting the guanacos, rheas, and Andean cats that share their turf.
February 03, 2012
WCS Finds Treasure Trove of Wildlife in Peru’s Bahuaja Sonene National Park
365 species previously undocumented in the area are found thriving in protected sanctuary NEW YORK (February 2, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Peru program announced today the discovery of 365 species previously undocumented in Bahuaja Sonene National Park (BSNP) in southeastern Peru. Fifteen researchers participated in the inventory focusing on plant life, insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles. The discovery included: thirty undocumented bird species, including the black-and-...
January 26, 2012
WCS and Colombia’s National Parks Unit Confirm Rare Brown-Spider Monkey Living In Parque Nacional Natural Selva de Florencia
Only population of this critically endangered species living in protected area New York (January 26, 2012) — Researchers from The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Colombia Program and Colombia’s National Parks Unit have confirmed that a critically endangered subspeices of brown-spider monkeys is living in Selva de Florencía National Park in Colombia – the only national protected area with a confirmed population of this extremely rare primate.The brown-spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), is...
January 26, 2012
Rare Brown-Spider Monkey Hangs on in Colombia
A discovery of brown-spider monkeys in Parque Nacional Natural Selva de Florencia offers the critically endangered species a second chance.
January 10, 2012
WCS Wins Grand Prize for Fisheries Project
A WCS marine project to reduce bycatch in Kenya and Curacao through a low-cost, low-tech fish trap design takes the top honor in a contest sponsored by Rare, in partnership with National Geographic.
January 10, 2012
WCS's Marine Program Wins Grand Prize for Work in Curacao and Kenya
Honor Awarded by Rare in Partnership with National GeographicWCS's "Bycatch Escape Gaps for Fish Traps" Takes Top Honor NEW YORK, (January 10, 2012) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society has won top honors from Rare, in partnership with National Geographic, for an innovative marine program operated in Curacao and Kenya. WCS won the grand prize in the contest called "Solution Search: Turning the Tide for Coastal Fisheries."The Wildlife Conservation Society’s winning solution is entitled “...
January 05, 2012
The Birds of Cuba
In winter 2011, WCS Conservation Scientist Steve Zack traveled to Cuba to represent WCS’s ongoing conservation projects on that vibrant island nation. A first-time visitor to the Caribbean and a passionate ornithologist, the birds that he saw there—in every hue, of every size, and in amazing multitudes—inspired this audio slideshow.
December 29, 2011
WCS Presents “State of the Maya Biosphere Reserve” To President of Guatemala
Report details efforts to conserve and protect the country’s protected area and its people NEW YORK (December 29, 2011) — In a recent ceremony in the National Palace in Guatemala City, staff of the Wildlife Conservation Society presented Álvaro Colom Caballeros, President of Guatemala, and other high-level officials with the “State of the Maya Biosphere Reserve,” a report detailing the successes of, and current threats to, the country’s largest protected area. With the assistance of ...
December 22, 2011
Protecting a Lagoon’s Food Chain, Top to Bottom
Researchers find that fishery closures in Belize’s Glover’s Reef help barracudas, groupers, and other predatory fish recover while the parrotfish and other herbivores essential for reef recovery still need more protection.
December 21, 2011
Belize Protected Area Boosting Predatory Fish Populations
But Herbivorous Fish Needed for Reef Recovery Still Lagging14-year study finds need for increased protections for parrotfish and other herbivores in marine reserves NEW YORK (December 21, 2011) —A 14-year study by the Wildlife Conservation Society in an atoll reef lagoon in Glover’s Reef, Belize has found that fishing closures there produce encouraging increases in populations of predatory fish species. However, such closures have resulted in only minimal increases in herbivorous fi...
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