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Born and bred in American zoos, 100 highly endangered Kihansi spray toads take a flight to Tanzania to repopulate their home turf. The species was recently listed as "extinct in the wild," but scientists, zoo staff, and government officials hope to turn its fate around.

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Brooklyn , New York – Aug. 16, 2010 – Tazo, an orphaned northern sea otter pup found stranded this summer in Homer, Alaska, has found a new home at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium. The two-month old pup will be bottle-fed a special sea otter formula and receive round-the-clock care until he can be weaned and moved into the aquarium’s sea otter exhibit later this year. Without his mother, Tazo would not have survived in the wild. Photo Credit:  Julie Larsen Maher © WCSCona...
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Wildlife Conservation Society and partners document large-scale coral bleaching and death in wake of sea surface temperature rise   NEW YORK (August 16, 2010) – The Wildlife Conservation Society today released initial field observations that indicate that a dramatic rise in the surface temperature in Indonesian waters has resulted in a large-scale bleaching event that has devastated coral populations. WCS’s Indonesia Program “Rapid Response Unit” of marine biologists was d...
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Protected Areas South and Northeast of Teshekpuk Lake are Critical to Wildlife Conservation in the RegionWCS Scientist Steve Zack Available for Comment   WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 11, 2010) – The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) held a lease sale today for 1.8 million acres in the National Petroleum Reserve, a parcel that excludes 170,000 acres south and northeast of Teshekpuk Lake which are critical for vulnerable wildlife populations. The Wildlife Conservation Society...
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A WCS carnivore researcher based in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park searches for lions at prime-time for big cats: in the pitch dark.
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Winners were participants in the public effort to name the new lion cubs at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Bronx, NY – August 10, 2010 – The Belmont Business Improvement District (BBID), which fosters economic development and cultural tourism for the property owners, merchants, and residents of the famous Belmont area in the Bronx, presented $100 in “Great Taste of Tradition” gift cards to the winners of a special drawing celebrating the new lion ...
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Volunteer docents and guides enhance zoo-going experience Brooklyn, NY – August 10, 2010 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo announced today that it is welcoming new applications for its Discovery Guide and Docent Programs, which educate the public about the zoo’s animals and WCS’s conservation mission.   A basic volunteer training program, offered fall and winter, qualifies adults and teens to be Discovery Guides at the zoo. Once trained, guides will be able to answe...
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Visitors get “passports” stamped at five zoo exhibits that represent global locations where WCS works to save wildlife and wild placesThe weekend of August 14-15: Celebrate the cultures of South America with entertainment and activities courtesy of El Museo del BarrioRedeem passport coupons for deals at participating stores, museums, and restaurants throughout New York Total Experience Tickets to the Bronx Zoo are available at www.bronxzoo.com for 20 percent off through the end of August ...
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Brooklyn, New York – Aug. 6, 2010 – Tazo, an orphaned northern sea otter pup found stranded this summer in Homer, Alaska, has safely arrived at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium. Tazo was found alone and dehydrated after he was separated from his mother during a storm. He was rescued by the Alaskan SeaLife Center in Seward. The two-month old pup arrived safely and is in quarantine at the New York Aquarium. He will be bottle-fed a special sea otter formula and receive round-th...
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School is in Session – For Piranhas, that is The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo introduced 18 ferocious looking red and orange bellied piranhas in the Flooded Forest exhibit.  These South American freshwater fish hover in the water above a black and white pearl stingray who shares their tank. Piranhas have a reputation of frenzied attacks on unsuspecting prey, but in reality, they are quite docile and prefer to scavenge for food. All the fish have shimmering silver scales...
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