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News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
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March 17, 2009
WCS Releases Second Video Asking Albany to Restore Funding for New York's Zoos, Botanical Gardens, and Aquariums
The Bronx Zoo's Wednesday, the Porcupine, stars for a second time in newly released viral video NEW YORK (March 17, 2009) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society is releasing a second viral video starring its now famous porcupine, Wednesday, to convince Albany to restore funding New York State's zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums in fiscal year 2010. This video, in which Wednesday appears in an unemployment office, follows her first production in which she was fired from the Bronx Zoo due to pe...
March 16, 2009
High-Tech Tiger Tool
WCS scientists track tigers with a new 3D software program that may speed up conservation efforts. The software can also help locate the origins of confiscated tiger skins.
March 16, 2009
A Tiger Cannot Change its Stripes
Wildlife Conservation Society scientists help track tigers with new three-dimensional software Software also has potential to locate origins of confiscated tiger skins NEW YORK (March 12, 2009) – New software developed with help from the Wildlife Conservation Society will allow tiger researchers to rapidly identify individual animals by creating a three-dimensional model using photos taken by remote cameras. The software, described in an issue of the journal Biology Letters, may also help identi...
March 12, 2009
Economy Squeezes Reef Fish
WCS researchers find that coral reefs next to middle class communities in East Africa have far fewer fish than the reefs in either poor or affluent communities.
March 11, 2009
Do-It-Yourself Tiger Monitoring
YouTube may be the latest conservation field tool. WCS-India has posted a series of instructional videos on the site to help researchers and park rangers monitor tigers in the wild.
March 11, 2009
WCS Releases YouTube Video on Monitoring Tigers
NEW YORK (March 9, 2009) – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s India Program (WCS – India) has released a unique training video on YouTube that showcases the latest scientific methods for estimating the numbers of wild tigers and their prey. Entitled “Monitoring Tigers and Their Prey – The Right Way,” the 5-part instructional video was produced by wildlife filmmaker Shekar Dattatri, in collaboration with renowned Wildlife Conservation Society tiger scientist Dr. K. Ullas Karanth. The video is b...
March 06, 2009
Students Bring Petitions to Gov's Office
Bronx, NY, March 6, 2009 -- Students from the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation and PS 81 (Bronx, NY,) the Rachel Carson High School of Coastal Studies (Coney Island, Brooklyn) and IS 230 (Queens, NY) recently presented more than 12,000 petitions, letters of support, and drawings created by children from all five boroughs and Westchester County to representatives at Governor Paterson’s office in Manhattan. The students visited Paterson's office as the governor has proposed elimina...
February 26, 2009
Tigers Get a Stimulus Plan
Agreement marks unique partnership among the World Bank, Global Environment Facility, and the Conservation Community to conserve big cats throughout their range NEW YORK (February 26, 2009) The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), together with the World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF), announced today a commitment of $2.8 million toward tiger conservation across its range. WCS will lead a new project, Tiger Futures, in partnership with other conservation organizations with long-term ...
February 25, 2009
Camera Trap Survey Snaps Cheetahs in Algeria
Photographic confirmation of fleet-footed big cats a first for that country NEW YORK (February 23, 2009)—A Wildlife Conservation Society-supported survey of the Sahara has captured the first camera-trap photographs of the critically endangered Saharan cheetah in Algeria. The survey was conducted by researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the Office du Parc National de l’Ahaggar (OPNA), and the Université de Béjaïa, with support from WCS and Panthera. The photographs were taken a...
February 19, 2009
WCS Issues Statement on Captive Primate Safety Act
NEW YORK, NY, February 19, 2009 -- The following statement was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today concerning the Captive Primate Safety Act and the tragic story surrounding the chimpanzee attack in Connecticut this week: The news of Travis, the chimpanzee, emerging out of Stamford, CT, is a sad and tragic story for a family, a community, and an endangered great ape. At WCS, we are hopeful that this tragedy will impart a greater understanding of the serious risks assumed wh...
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