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News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
WCS in the News
April 27, 2009
Belizean Government Announces Sweeping New Laws to Protect its Coral Reefs and Fisheries
Wildlife Conservation Society research helped inform new rule changes Parrotfish, Nassau grouper, and other species under new protection; spearfishing is banned in marine reserves NEW YORK (APRIL 27, 2009) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partners commend the Government of Belize, in particular the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Honorable Rene Montero, who earlier this month signed a sweeping set of new laws to protect its extensive coral reefs, considered to be the...
April 27, 2009
Belize Limits Reef Fishing
With WCS research as a guide, the government of Belize enacts new laws to protect the country’s extensive coral reefs, considered to be the most pristine in the Western Hemisphere.
April 23, 2009
Africa's Super Reefs
In the face of warming ocean waters due to climate change, some coral reefs off East Africa are demonstrating unusual resiliency. A WCS study shows that successful fisheries management is key.
April 23, 2009
WCS Study Finds “Super Reefs” Resilient to Climate Change
Successful reef management coupled with geophysical factors produces hearty corals off East Africa coast NEW YORK (April 23, 2009) – The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today a study showing that some coral reefs off East Africa are unusually resilient to climate change due to improved fisheries management and a combination of geophysical factors. WCS announced the results of the study at the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), which is meeting this week in Phuket, Thailand. The ...
April 22, 2009
New Park for Afghanistan
Afghanistan has announced some rare good news: the establishment of its first national park. The park, known as Band-e-Amir, will protect one of the country’s best-known natural areas.
April 20, 2009
WCS Launches “Mannahatta Project”
On 400th anniversary of New York City’s discovery, WCS looks back—and into the future—of Manhattan’s natural heritage Mannahatta book, Museum of the City of New York exhibition, interactive website, and walking tours are part of year-long celebration New York (April 20, 2009) – The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today the official launch of Mannahatta, a project revealing Manhattan Island as it appeared on the fateful day explorer Henry Hudson arrived in 1609. WCS’s Mannahatta Project w...
April 15, 2009
Afghanistan Declares Its First National Park
USAID funding of Wildlife Conservation Society research helped drive park’s creation Band-e-Amir Park will safeguard spectacular system of natural lakes KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, April 22, 2009 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) applauded Afghanistan’s National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA), which announced today the establishment of the country’s first internationally recognized national park. USAID provided key funding ...
April 03, 2009
State Legislature and Governor Restore Funding
WCS Commends the New York State Legislature and Governor for Investing in Conservation, the Environment, Education, and Economic Development NEW YORK – April 3, 2009 – The following statement was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, John Calvelli: We applaud the New York State Legislature and Governor Paterson for having the vision during these economically difficult days to invest in zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums through the Enviro...
April 01, 2009
Nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins are alive and swimming in Bangladesh, according to new WCS research. Prior to this study, the largest known populations of Irrawaddy dolphins numbered in the low hundreds or less.
March 31, 2009
WCS Confirms Huge Population of Rare Dolphins
Nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins are alive and swimming in Bangladesh NEW YORK (April 1, 2009) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today the discovery of a huge population of rare dolphins in South Asia—but warns that the population is threatened by climate change and fishing nets. Using rigorous scientific techniques, WCS researchers estimate that nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, which are related to orcas or killer whales, were found living in freshwater regions of Bangladesh’...
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