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Update on American Alligator Rescued from Prospect Park Lake
Bronx, NY – Feb. 22, 2022 – The following statement was issued by the Bronx Zoo: “The American alligator recovered from a lake in Prospect Park on February 19 is undergoing medical evaluation at the Bronx Zoo by veterinarians and animal care staff. The alligator, which was lethargic and suffering from exposure to cold temperatures, is extremely emaciated. After arriving at the Bronx Zoo, the animal was slowly warmed to an appropriate ambient temperature and received supporti...
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HAULOUT: Oscar-Nominated Documentary Short Featured as Best of Festival at Upcoming New York WILD Film Festival

The New York WILD Film Festival and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are hosting a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary “HAULOUT,” which chronicles the dramatic effects of climate change from the most rapidly transforming ecosystem on the planet – the Russian Arctic.

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Update on Eurasian Eagle Owl, Flaco
Feb. 17, 2023, New York – The following statement was issued by the Central Park Zoo: “Last evening, Central Park Zoo staff attempted to lure Flaco, the Eurasian eagle owl, with bait and recordings of eagle owl calls. Though he showed some interest in the calls, the attempt was unsuccessful. As we noted previously, efforts at recovering the bird have proven more difficult since he has been very successful at hunting and consuming the abundant prey in the park. “We ar...
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Experts Agree on the Need for Climate-informed Wildlife Crossings

More than a dozen climate, wildlife, and road ecology experts from across the country wrote a consensus statement urging government officials at all levels to consider climate change when planning and constructing structures that help fish and wildlife cross under and over highways.

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An Update on Eurasian Eagle Owl
Feb. 12,  2023, New York – The following statement was issued by the Central Park Zoo: “Our Eurasian eagle owl, Flaco, went missing after his exhibit at the Central Park Zoo was vandalized on the evening of February 2nd. Since that first night, our staff has intensely monitored the eagle owl each day and evening to document and observe his behavior and activity in Central Park. Several days ago, we observed him successfully hunting, catching and consuming prey. We have s...
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Republic of Congo Expands National Park to Include Gorilla-Rich, Unlogged Forest (English and French)

The “Djéké Triangle,”an unlogged forest rich in Critically Endangered western lowland gorillas, is now part of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park.

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Statement from Central Park Zoo on Eurasian Eagle Owl
Feb. 3, 2023, New York – The following statement was issued by Central Park Zoo: “A Eurasian eagle owl at Central Park Zoo was discovered missing from its exhibit at 8:30pm Thursday evening. The exhibit had been vandalized and the stainless steel mesh cut. Upon notification, a team was mobilized to search for the bird. Citizens and police spotted the owl on the sidewalk on 5th Avenue but it flew off.  Zoo staff located the owl perched in a tree near the zoo and stayed wi...
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STUDY: WCS Investigations of Online Trade in Jaguar Parts Show Threat is Widespread
Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) published the results of an international investigation finding that online trade of jaguar parts are openly detectable on multiple online platforms, representing an emerging and serious threat to jaguar populations across the range of this Latin American wildlife icon. The results have been published in PLOS One as well as being summarized in a brief publication available in Chinese, English, Spanish, and Portuguese...
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First Report of Rare Cat Discovered on Mt. Everest

Findings from a new paper published in Cat News have identified the first ever report of Pallas’s cat on Mount Everest, in the Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal.

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Say Ahhh! Fruit Bat Gets a Check-up in the Republic of Congo

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released an image of scientists testing a straw-colored fruit bat (Eidolon helvum) by taking a swab to test it for zoonotic diseases such as the Ebola virus.

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