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MEDIA NOTICE: WCS Zoos and Aquarium will remain CLOSED on Tuesday, February 2
 Due to the ongoing snowstorm, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium will remain CLOSED on Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2.  A determination on Wednesday closures will be made on Tuesday. Additional updates will be provided to media as information is available.###
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WCS Supports Bi-Partisan Bill in US Senate to Prevent the Next Zoonotic Pandemic
A statement is from John F. Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs of the Wildlife Conservation Society in support of reintroduction of a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Congress, which includes measures to prevent future zoonotic pandemics
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Southern Africa’s Most Endangered Shark  Just Extended its Range by 2,000 Kilometers

A team of marine scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has confirmed that southern Africa’s most threatened endemic shark – the Critically Endangered shorttail nurse shark (Pseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum) – has been found to occur in Mozambique; a finding that represents a range extension of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles).

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Puppies Protect Pumas!

WCS Argentina recently delivered a new litter of specially trained livestock guardian dogs that work directly with herders to reduce conflict with pumas (Puma concolor) and other native carnivores living on the Patagonian steppe.

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WCS Statement Upon the Inauguration of U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris
New York, Jan. 20, 2021 – The following statement was released today upon the inauguration of U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. The statement outlines the policy priorities for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Said WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper: “We welcome the Biden-Harris Administration and its commitment to combatting the climate crisis and advancing policies that ensure the protection of biodiversity that sustains all...
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Disease Threatens to Decimate Western Bats

A four-year study recently published in Ecology and Evolution concludes that the fungal disease, white-nose syndrome, poses a severe threat to many western North American bats.

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For Valentine’s Day: The Original ‘Name-a-Roach’ Returns for 10th Year
BRONX, NY – Jan. 17, 2021 – BRONX, NY – Jan. XX, 2021 – Since 2011 the Bronx Zoo has been offering the only Valentine’s Day gift that will last forever – the original Name-a-Roach. For the past decade, the Bronx Zoo offers the opportunity to symbolically name its 10,000-plus giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The tongue-in-cheek Valentine’s Day gift comes with a colorful certificate emailed to your loved one announcing that a cockroach has been named ...
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“Resistance-Resilience-Transformation”: New Classification Marks Paradigm Shift in how Conservationists Tackle Climate Change
A new study co-authored by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Global Conservation Program and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Forestry introduces a classification called Resistance-Resilience-Transformation (RRT) that enables the assessment of whether and to what extent a management shift toward transformative action is occurring in conservation. 
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Statement by Cristián Samper, President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society, at the One Planet Summit, January 11, 2021 (English, French, Spanish)

WCS's President and CEO Cristián Samper's statement at the One Planet Summit, held on January 11, 2021

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