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WCS Announces Appointment of Dr. Rachel Neugarten as Executive Director of Conservation Planning
New York, Dec. 20, 2023 -- Dr. Rachel Neugarten has been appointed as WCS Global’s first Executive Director of Conservation Planning to lead the build-out of the conservation planning work that is at the heart of WCS Global.  Dr. Neugarten comes to WCS with a wealth of experience focused on conservation planning, spatial priority-setting, and adaptive management. She has served as Director for Conservation Priority Setting for Conservation International (CI) and as Conservation Pla...
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Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights Opening Night Media Event on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023

NYC’s family-favorite holiday tradition returns to the Bronx Zoo with many new illumated features.

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Gundi Launched This Week: The Universal Adaptor for Conservation Technologies

In a joint endeavor to amplify efforts to monitor and protect critical ecosystems across the globe, EarthRanger, Wildlife Protection Solutions (WPS), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have launched a first-of-its-kind universal adaptor for conservation technologies called Gundi.

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In a New Commentary on Pandemic Prevention, Scientists Emphasize:  It’s Time to Effectively Integrate the Environment Sector into Public Health Actions and Prevention at the Source

Leaders of the global public health sector have long recognized that an intact and functional environment is crucial for the health and wellbeing of all. What is needed, according to a new commentary, are innovative programs that build on that unifying principle to fully and equitably integrate environmental issues into existing public health programs to effectively prevent pandemics.

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Zoos and Aquariums Join Forces to Advance Global Goals for Protecting Wildlife and Wild Places

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has united with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its member facilities to advance the goals of the Kunnming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, which includes protecting at least 30 percent of the planet by 2030 (30x30).

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Low Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’ Detected in Arctic Alaska Fish Species Harvested for Wild Foods

Wildlife Conservation Society scientists led an initial assessment of concentrations of “forever chemicals” in the filets of fish species harvested by Indigenous and rural residents of Arctic Alaska and described the results as “encouraging” because they were below levels of concern.

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Nouabalé-Ndoki Becomes First Certified Gorilla Friendly (TM) National Park

Republic of Congo’s Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park receives global conservation Gorilla FriendlyTM certification, which guarantees the application of best practices in all gorilla-related operations, from tourism to research, to safeguard the wellbeing of the primates and ensure active support for and from the park’s neighboring communities.

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New Study Shows Conservation Benefits Beyond Protected Areas

As global marine biodiversity continues to decline, efforts to curb and reverse such losses and conserve our oceans are growing. A new study helps quantify how.

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With Increasing Human-Shark Encounters, What’s Actually Happening with Shark Populations in New York Waters?

It seems logical to assume that if more people are encountering sharks in New York area waters, it is because there are more sharks. But as a new article in the Journal of Fish Biology points out, lack of information about shark populations makes it difficult to determine how local shark populations are changing.

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WCS Is Among Founding Members of the Newly Launched ‘Nature Positive Initiative’

Twenty-seven of the world’s largest nature conservation organizations, institutes, business and finance coalitions have come together to launch a new initiative aimed at driving alignment around the definition, integrity and use of the term “nature positive” and supporting broader, longer-term efforts to deliver nature-positive outcomes.

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