Op-Ed & Blog
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Op-Ed & Blog
July 05, 2016
The Snow Leopard – World’s Most Mysterious Big Cat – May Be More Common than Thought
July 5, 2016 –
The snow leopard has long been one of the least studied – and therefore poorly understood – of the large cats. No longer.
November 10, 2014
Stopping Wildlife Crime? There’s An APP For That
NEW YORK (November 10, 2014) – Stopping Wildlife Crime? There’s an APP for that. According to a new publication from the Wildlife Conservation Society, new mobile applications and web-based formats are providing authorities with speedy access to information on hundreds of protected species, chats with online enforcement experts, and other resources used to identify and prosecute wildlife crime. “Law enforcement officials often have only a few minutes to decide whether or not to let an item thro...
November 07, 2014
Major Initiative Endorsed Today to Protect Asia’s Migratory Mammals
The Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Conference of the Parties (COP) agreed to adopt a Central Asia Migratory Mammal Initiative Central Asia contains some of the last great migratory spectacles of large mammals including Mongolian gazelles, saiga antelope, Tibetan antelope and other species New Initiative protects 15 large mammal species Central Asia’s landscapes are under increasing threat from development pressures ...
November 03, 2014
Fanged Deer Spotted in Afghanistan After 65 Years
This is a Siberian musk deer, one the seven similar species found in Asia. The fanged Kashmir musk deer recently reported in Afghanistan for the first time since 1948 could not be photographed.
October 31, 2014
Strange, Fanged Deer Persists in Afghanistan
WCS study confirms that endangered musk deer still live in Nuristan Province – some 60 years after last sighting Species targeted by poachers: Musk deer scent glands are more valuable than gold Study appears in the October issue of the journal Oryx NEW YORK (October 31, 2014) – More than 60 years after its last confirmed sighting, a strange deer with vampire-like fangs still persists in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan according to a research team led by the Wildlife Conser...
August 19, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Debuts Two Rare Snow Leopard Cubs
Cubs are on exhibit at Himalayan Highlands See the video:http://youtu.be/sliAFsdTd7Q B-Roll Download:Bronx Zoo Snow Leopard Cubs B-roll.mov Bronx, NY – August 19, 2014 – Two rare snow leopard cubs (Panthera uncia) have made their public debut at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. WCS’s Bronx Zoo is a world leader in snow leopard husbandry and participates in the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal po...
July 28, 2014
A Herd of Endangered Turkmenian Markhor Added to Wild Asia Habitats At the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo
Impressive spiral-horned goats demonstrate diversity of Asian wildlifeB-roll download here:Bronx Zoo Markhor 2014 b-roll.movBronx, NY – July 28, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has added a herd of endangered Turkmenian flare-horned markhor (Capra falconeri hepterni) to the expansive habitats along the Wild Asia Monorail.The markhor is a unique species of goat found in the mountains of Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. They inhabit upper elevations, wi...
June 04, 2014
World Environment Day on the Roof of the World
Afghanistan Celebrates Event in New Wakhan National ParkPark is Home to Endangered Snow Leopards and Giant Marco Polo SheepNEW YORK (June 4, 2014) — World Environment Day, held this Thursday, June 5th, is a global event, but perhaps the most remarkable celebration will be held among the high, snow-capped mountains and lush valleys of Wakhan District in Afghanistan. This area, known locally as the ‘Roof of the World,’ is mostly above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). It is the most remote and isolated...
April 02, 2014
Good News from Afghanistan: Creation of a Superpark
WCS Applauds Afghanistan's Declaration Establishing Entire Wakhan District as the Country's Second National Park New Conservation Area Will Protect Rare Wildlife, Including Snow Leopards, And Provide Livelihoods for Some of the World’s Poorest Communities Living in the Park Local Communities Will Play a Key Role in Co-Managing the Park Huge New Protected Area is About 25 Percent Bigger Than Yellowstone National ParkNew York (April 2, 2014) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the Afghan...
April 02, 2014
Afghanistan Creates Super-Park
The Afghanistan Government recently created a national park, the second for the country, that covers the entire Wakhan District. The Wakhan National Park is home to the Marco Polo sheep seen here - a subspecies of argali sheep known for having the longest horns of any sheep.
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