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Mesoamerica and Western Caribbean
March 13, 2013
Two New Marine Protected Areas Created on Argentina’s Southern Coasts
Coastal parks created in Patagonia with assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society now safeguard sea lions, penguins, dolphins, and other sea life NEW YORK (March 13, 2013)—The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the Government of Argentina for creating two enormous marine protected areas in Patagonia, a region filled with majestic shorelines and abundant wildlife. The new marine parks—Isla Pingüino Coastal Marine Park and Makenke Coastal Marine Park—were recently established by the...
March 06, 2013
CITES: Crucial for Conserving Sharks and Rays
Wildlife Conservation Society joins call on governments to list species of sharks and rays on CITES NEW YORK (March 6, 2013)—Government delegates to the 16th meeting of the 178 member States of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convening in Bangkok, Thailand this week can help conserve some of the world’s most threatened sharks and rays—ancient, cartilaginous fish species that are under severe pressure globally from over-fishing –...
January 22, 2013
Paradise Found for Latin America’s Largest Land Mammal
Paradise Found for Latin America’s Largest Land Mammal WCS documents at least 14,500 lowland tapirs thriving in Peru and Bolivia’s Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Weighing over 650 pounds, lowland tapirs are threatened by over-hunting and habitat loss NEW YORK (January 22, 2012) —Wildlife Conservation Society scientists have documented a thriving population of lowland tapirs – the strange forest and grassland-dwelling herbivore with the trunk-like snout – living in a network of remote nat...
December 20, 2012
Sharing Environmental Concerns with Ancient Mayans
On the eve of December 21--a significant date according to the ancient Mayan calendar--Director of WCS's Latin America and Caribbean program discusses the way previous civilizations interacted with nature. Dr. Kunen likens our contemporary relationship with the natural world to dilemmas faced by the ancient Mayans.
November 07, 2012
2013 Conservation Leadership Programme Awards Seeking Next Generation of Conservation Leaders
NEW YORK (November 7, 2012)—The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is currently soliciting applications for 2013 Conservation Awards, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and other CLP partners. The application deadline is November 9th, 2012; awards will be announced in April 2013. CLP invites applications from early-career conservationists living and working in Africa, Asia, East/South-East Europe, the Middle East, the Paciﬁ...
September 12, 2012
New Compendium Reflects Bolivia’s Incredible Biodiversity
With help from WCS, the Bolivian Park Service released a new compendium documenting the abundant plant and wildlife found within Madidi National Park. The natural haven houses more than 200 mammal species, 11 percent of the world’s birds, and the vibrant parrot snake, photographed as it slithers through the trees.
September 04, 2012
In Jeju, Focus on Sharks
During the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea, WCS urges government entities to protect sharks and rays from overfishing. WCS advocates improved management of fisheries, limits on catches of certain species, and increased CITES protections.
September 04, 2012
WCS and Partners Announce a Call-To-Action in Jeju for Sharks
Wildlife Conservation Society and partners call for regulation of international trade in sharks and rays JEJU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, September 4, 2012—The Wildlife Conservation Society and over 35 government agency and NGO partners participating in IUCN’s World Conservation Congress this week are urging the world’s governments to take urgent steps to save the world’s sharks and rays from the relentless pressure of over-fishing for international trade. WC...
August 27, 2012
Patagonian Green Cashmere Certified Wildlife Friendly
WCS applauds efforts of Patagonian partners in sustainability NEW YORK (August 27, 2012)—It’s official: Patagonian “green” cashmere has been certified as “Wildlife Friendly,” according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, supporter of a group of eco-minded cashmere producers living in Argentina’s Patagonian Steppe region. The new certification—granted by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network—represents a victory for the Grupo Costa del Rio Colorado, a cooperative that works to minimiz...
August 15, 2012
Caribbean Flamingo Hatchling Takes First Steps at Bronx Zoo
View the video at:http://youtu.be/Q2lDV0MMrcw Bronx, NY – Aug. 15, 2012 – ATTACHED PHOTO AND VIDEO: A Caribbean flamingo hatchling takes its first steps at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. The chick is helped to its feet by its mother and stands on a nest mound in the pond outside of the zoo’s Aquatic Birds exhibit. Flamingos are hatched with white downy plumage but develop trademark pink coloration from pigments in the algae, crustaceans, and oth...
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