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NEW YORK, N.Y. (Oct. 24, 2023) -- The following statement was issued today by the Wildlife Conservation Society concerning New State Gov. Kathy Hochul’s historic announcement of a major green energy project that will power 2.6 million homes and provide 12 percent of the state’s electricity needs. Said Monica Medina, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society: “At WCS, we extend congratulations to Governor Kathy Hochul and the state of New York for their l...
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WCS Sponsors Oct. 29 Showing of “Best of the Fest” from New York WILD Film Festival

The Wildlife Conservation Society has partnered with the New York WILD Film Festival and The Picture House Regional Film Center for an afternoon of New York WILD’S “Best of the Fest” on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Bronxville starting at 2pm.

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Update on Prospect Park Zoo, Which Is Temporarily Closed Following the Sept. 29th Extreme Rain in NYC
NEW YORK, N.Y. (Oct. 14, 2023) --- The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn experienced extensive damage to its facilities and infrastructure during the extreme rain which hit New York City on Sept. 29. The zoo remains temporarily closed, and a re-opening date has not been identified. No animals were harmed or negatively affected by the flooding. The storm, which deluged the Prospect Park Zoo with more than 7 inches of rain and run-off from surrounding stre...
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Amazonas Brazil Experiencing Worst Drought in Recorded History: A Result of the Climate Crisis Amplified by El Niño
MANAUS, Brazil (Oct. 13, 2023) – The following statement was issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Brazil Country Director Carlos Durigan: “The Amazon Biome in Brazil is facing an unprecedented environmental and humanitarian crisis due to extreme drought, deforestation and increasingly frequent forest fires, intensified by global warming associated with the climate crisis and an intense El Niño. International research indicates that the climate crisis induced by human ...
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STAT: Needed Now—Holistic and Equitable Expansion of Outdated Public Health Approaches, Including Integration of the Environment and Climate
BERLIN, Germany (Oct. 13, 2023) – The following statement was issued by Monica Medina, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, in connection to a keynote speech she delivered at the Breaking Barriers conference on One Health in Berlin, Oct. 12 and 13: (See full speech here.) Said Medina: “We are currently in the midst of three integrated human-caused global crises: massive biodiversity loss, climate change, and emerging infectious diseases/pandemics. There is st...
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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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WCS Wins Award to Create New Global Pollution Mapping Tool For Coral Reefs

Researchers and experts from WCS, the University of Queensland, and CoralVita are joining together to develop a new web-based management app capable of mapping ocean water pollution almost as it happens.

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WCS Statement on Pope Francis’s Laudate Deum
New York (Oct. 4, 2023) – The Wildlife Conservations Society’s President and CEO Monica Medina issued this statement today in regards to Pope Francis’s Laudate Deum: “Pope Francis, one of the world’s most important leaders and whose voice is heard and respected by billions, has made it undeniably clear that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect nature and that climate deniers are on the wrong side of reality. He writes in his Laudate Deum issued today ...
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New York, Sept. 29, 2023 – The following statement was released today by Jim Breheny, Director of the Bronx Zoo and Executive Vice President of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Zoos and Aquarium: “A female sea lion at Central Park Zoo was able to swim out of her pool due to flooding of the plaza caused by severe rains in New York City today. Zoo staff monitored the sea lion as she explored the area before returning to the familiar surroundings of the p...
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