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Central Park Zoo Photo and Video Release
New York, March 15, 2024 — Two lambs are debuting at the Central Park Zoo, Bobbin and Sage. Born this winter, Bobbin, 7 weeks old; and Sage, 3 weeks old have joined a flock of 8 adult sheep in the Tisch Children’s Zoo. Bobbin and Sage are harlequin sheep, a new breed for Central Park Zoo since 2022. Harlequin sheep were developed in Virginia about 40 years ago through crossbreeding eight different breeds to produce a hardy, docile, miniature polled...
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Windhoek, Namibia, March 8, 2024 -- The SMART Partnership is pleased to announce the inaugural SMART Global Congress in Windhoek, Namibia from 10-14 March 2024. Established in 2011, the SMART Partnership is the global leader in conservation area management solutions, offering an integrated suite of powerful tools and services to help conservation practitioners improve management effectiveness and better protect wildlife. The partnership includes: Frankfurt Zoological Society, North Carolina Z...
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16th Annual WCS Run For The Wild to Protect Iconic Snow Leopards & Other Wildlife
BRONX, N.Y. — March 7, 2024 — You probably can’t outrun a snow leopard, but you may be able to help protect them at the 16th annual WCS Run For The Wild 5K run and 3K family fun run/walk on Saturday, April 27, at the Bronx Zoo. Each year, more than 5,000 runners, walkers, and wildlife supporters participate and help raise awareness of the threats facing wildlife while fundraising to support the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) conservation work at the Bronx Zoo an...
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NASA Space Technology and Google Earth Engine Computing Power Are Helping to Save Tigers
New York, Feb. 27, 2024, 10AM ET -- In an unusual blend of space technology, and on-the-ground data gathering, NASA satellite imagery and Google Earth Engine computing power are helping scientists develop a real-time monitoring system for tiger habitat globally. The program, referred to as “TCL 3.0” focuses on the remaining distinct continuous tracts of habitat where tigers still occur (referred to as Tiger Conservation Landscapes, or TCLs), and represents th...
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Arcadia Supports Critical Landscapes and Seascapes
New York, February 26, 2024 – An $8 million grant from Arcadia to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will provide transformative support to some of the world’s most important landscapes and seascapes. This renewed commitment to WCS underscores the importance of Nature’s Strongholds as the world’s most important places to deliver on biodiversity, people, and climate action. WCS's approach to identifying Nature’s Strongholds is strategically designed aroun...
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Initial Necropsy Findings for Flaco Are Consistent with Death Due to Acute Traumatic Injury
New York City, Feb. 24, 2024 – The following statement was released by Central Park Zoo: Bronx Zoo pathologists performed a necropsy today on Flaco, the Central Park Zoo’s Eurasian eagle owl, who died yesterday evening after reportedly colliding with a Manhattan building. The initial findings are consistent with death due to acute traumatic injury. The main impact appears to have been to the body, as there was substantial hemorrhage under the sternum and in the back of the body...
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Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle Owl, Has Died
New York City, Feb. 23, 2024 – The following statement was released by Central Park Zoo: We are saddened to report that Flaco, the Eurasian eagle owl discovered missing from the Central Park Zoo after his exhibit was vandalized just over a year ago, is dead after an apparent collision with a building on West 89th Street in Manhattan. The downed owl was reported to the Wild Bird Fund (WBF) by people in the building.  Staff from the WBF quickly responded, retrieved the non-respons...
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A Key Milestone for the Conservation of Amazon Migratory Fish: Dorado and Piramutaba Included in CMS Appendix II
Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Feb. 17, 2024 -- At the Fourteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP14) held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Brazil's proposal to include the dorado (Brachyplatystoma rouseauxii) and the piramutaba (Brachyplatystoma vaillantii) in the CMS Appendix II was approved. This decision marks a crucial moment for the conservation of these two migratory catfish species in the Amazon. As Susan...
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WCS: The Convention on Migratory Species COP14 Marks Another Positive Step by the Global Community on Behalf of Nature and People
Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Feb. 17, 2024 – The following statement was issued by Susan Lieberman, Vice President of International Policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society: “At CMS COP14, governments from around the world came together to ensure collaboration around conserving and protecting migrating species and their habitats. “At WCS, we are leaving Samarkand, optimistic that the global community is uniting behind the protection of nature, and energized by the tremendou...
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New Research Reveals:  The New York Bight Is an Important Year-Round Habitat for Endangered Fin Whales
New York, February 15, 2024— The New York Bight is an important year-round habitat for endangered fin whales, according to new research examining fin whale song patterns. This new paper published by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists in the journal “Scientific Reports” reveals new insights about the presence and potential subpopulation distribution of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in waters off N...
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