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New park is three-and-a-half times larger than YellowstoneField research by WCS Canada scientist was key to new park boundaryTORONTO (June 9, 2009) – Field studies of wide-ranging wildlife by the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada figured prominently in the massive expansion of Nahanni National Park, announced today by announced today by the Government of Canada and the Dehcho First Nation. The decision expands the Park from 1,862 square miles to 12,000 square miles of the South Nahanni River ...
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Diaz emphasizes that cultural institutions, like the Bronx Zoo, mean jobs for Bronx residentsBronx, NY. June 9, 2009 -- Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. joined thousands of New Yorkers who have signed petitions asking City Hall to restore funds to NYC’s cultural institutions, including the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium.In a May 28 letter sent to City Hall, Diaz wrote, “I am writing to ask for the restoration of funding proposed to be cut to our Cultural I...
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Wildlife Conservation Society researchers working with local community rangers in Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor recently captured several elusive snow leopards – digitally that is. Using remote cameras that automatically photograph animals when an infrared beam is tripped, the WCS team has taken a total of 22 snow leopard images so far. Afghanistan is thought to only have about 100 snow leopards left in the country, but the fact that 4 out of 5 camera traps captured snow leopard images suggest...
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Study on Papua New Guinea’s long-beaked echidna reveals elusive habits NEW YORK (June 9, 2009)—A Wildlife Conservation Society research intern working in the wilds of Papua New Guinea has successfully completed what many other field biologists considered “mission impossible”—the first study of a rare egg-laying mammal called the long-beaked echidna. The WCS-supported study—which consisted of thousands of hours of grueling field work in Papua New Guinea’s Crater Mountain Wildlife Manage...
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Brooklyn, NY – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which conducts conservation projects throughout the world’s oceans, proudly supports World Oceans Day on June 8th, an event now officially recognized by the United Nations. World Oceans Day, organized by the Ocean Project with support from WCS and other groups, comes as a sweeping new national survey reveals that Americans are concerned about the health of the ocean and are ready to take personal action to make a difference. The Wildlife ...
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Bronx, NY- June 4, 2009 – When searching for the word “aardvark” many of us usually find it as the first noun in the dictionary. Now, you can find two aardvarks at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo. The zoo is debuting its aardvarks this week. They are from Tanzania and can be seen living in a habitat much like their African homeland. The nocturnal aardvarks live in a habitat that simulates nighttime with enough light for visitors to observe these unusual creatures when the anima...
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From snow leopards, to rare elm trees, more than 30 species now safeguardedWildlife Conservation Society, with funding from USAID, served as scientific advisors in compiling the list KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (June 3, 2009) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today that the Afghanistan’s National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA), in an effort to safeguard its natural heritage, has released the country’s first-ever list of protected species now banned from hunting or harvest.The wid...
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With scientific advice from WCS, the government of Afghanistan releases its first-ever list of protected wildlife and plants, which includes snow leopards, wolves, elm trees, and 30 other species.
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Businesses and Community Groups Flood City Hall with Concerns for the funding For Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo And New York AquariumThe Business Generated by Cultural Groups Means Business for Local Merchants And Jobs for New YorkersNEW YORK (June 1, 2009)— More than 20,000 petitions are being sent to City Hall, including 3,200 emails and 40 community/business support letters, asking that funding of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium gets restored fo...
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New York, N.Y. - Heather Gordon, a zookeeper at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo, has always had a passion for wildlife. A lover of all animals, she's in charge of caring for such exotic animals as polar bears, Japanese snow monkeys and sea lions. But her job has taken a wild turn, and now she’s taken the lead in caring for one of the most critically endangered species in the world. As the Central Park Zoo gears up to open the new Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard exhibit n...
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