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“Brooklyn Bridge Forest” is a Finalist in Contest to Re-imagine the Iconic Brooklyn Bridge (English and Spanish)

The “Brooklyn Bridge Forest,” which calls for sustainably harvested wood to benefit local communities in Guatemala while safeguarding 200,000 acres of rainforest, is a finalist in a competition to Reimagine the Brooklyn Bridge. The public can vote online to support this project from July 24-30.

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WCS’s Zoos Welcome Guests Back Today After 126 Days As NYC Enters Phase 4
The following 33-second video was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society upon the reopening of the its Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. You can see the video HERE. Each park has a Know Before You Go website page with all the safety guidelines listed and with a fantastic safety video. Here is Know Before Go info for the Bronx Zoo --  Check it out HERE. Also find: Bronx Zoo Reopening B-Roll: https://bit.ly/3gFO0iN Bronx Zoo Reopening Photos:&nbs...
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The damage caused by the catastrophic 2019-2020 Australian bushfires could lead to a dramatic jump in the number of native species at risk, according to University of Queensland-led research.
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UPDATE: WCS Zoos to Reopen; NY Aquarium Reopening Delayed
New York – July 18, 2020 – Based on new Phase 4 guidelines from the NY State Governor’s Office on Friday, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is moving forward with plans to reopen its four zoos but will postpone the reopening of the NY Aquarium until further guidance from the state. All outdoor exhibits and grounds at its four zoos (Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo) will be open while indoor exhibits will not open at this time. Governor Cuomo anno...
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Rare Bird Sets a New Record – By Showing up in an Organic Coffee Plantation (English and Spanish)

An endangered bird, previously found only in an isolated region of Bolivia, has just expanded its range after it was discovered on an organic coffee plantation in the north of the Department of La Paz, says a team of WCS conservationists.

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Periods of Ice-Free Arctic Seas Could Bring More Ocean Noise in Changing Marine Habitats

Scientists examining levels of ocean noise in the Bering Sea—an important migratory seascape for whales, walruses, seals, and other acoustically sensitive animals—have confirmed that the presence of sea ice plays a central role in the soundscape of these Arctic waters.

A growing concern is that the disappearance of sea ice due to a changing climate could mean a marine realm increasingly filled with shipping and other human-related ocean noise, according to scientists from Southall Environmental Associates, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and other groups in a new study.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) zoos and aquarium today announced plans to reopen the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo on Friday July 24, after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March 16. From July 20 to 23, there will be special preview days for WCS members only.

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First-Ever Images of World's Rarest Gorilla with Groups of Babies
WCS has released the first-known camera-trap images of a group of Cross River gorillas with a number of infants of different ages. The images were captured in the Mbe Mountains in Nigeria. Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) are the most endangered gorilla subspecies, numbering only around 300 individuals and found only in an isolated region along the Nigeria/Cameroon border. Cross River gorillas are rarely seen, let alone photographed, even by remote cameras. Previously, camera traps ...
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The Wildlife Conservation Society commends the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other organizations for bringing more awareness and science to zoonoses issues in the report, “Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission.” 
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A Jaguar, Nicknamed “Short-Tail,” Becomes Living Symbol of Transboundary Conservation
A team of WCS scientists have documented an unusual jaguar missing most of its tail crossing the border between Belize and Guatemala – the first confirmed transboundary crossing of a jaguar between the two countries. 
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