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Scientists Show that at Least 44 Percent of Earth’s Land Requires Conservation to Safeguard Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

New research published in the June 3, 2022 journal Science reveals that 44 percent of Earth’s land area – some 64 million square kilometers (24.7 million square miles) requires conservation to safeguard biodiversity.

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The New York – New Jersey Harbor Estuary is a Dining Hotspot During Summer and Autumn Months for Bottlenose Dolphins

They click. They whistle. They love seafood. They are New York City’s nearshore bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) that return to feed in local waters from spring to fall each year, and a team of scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is tracking them.

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580 Iconic Giant Turtle Hatchlings Released into the Mekong River

To mark World Turtle Day on May 23, 2022, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with Fisheries Administration celebrates the conservation of the Critically Endangered Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtles in Cambodia, by releasing 580 hatchlings into the wild​ along the Mekong River in Sambour district of Kratie province​.

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Three Grizzly Bears Debut at WCS’s Central Park Zoo
New York – May 26, 2022 – There are three new grizzly bears at the Central Park Zoo. The rescued bears were moved from the Bronx Zoo to the Central Park Zoo and are making their Manhattan debut. All three grizzlies are female.  Amber and Luna are siblings, and Treena is unrelated. They were all orphaned as cubs in Montana, rescued by wildlife officials, and brought to the Bronx Zoo in 2013 where they received their initial care. They have been living in the Bronx until earlie...
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Local Responders Confirm a Dwarf Sperm Whale - A New Species in Bangladesh
Kuakata, Bangladesh - May 25, 2022 - Imagine discovering a whale in Bangladesh that looks like a shark and is smaller than most dolphins. That is exactly what happened when a member of the Kuakata Dolphin Conservation Committee posted a photograph of a Dwarf sperm whale that stranded on the beach near Kuakata. Known to scientists as Kogia sima, the whale was initially found alive. Local people heroically tried to push it back out to sea, but the whale floated back with the incoming tide before i...
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A Conservation Coalition Launches the Shark and Ray Recovery Initiative

A conservation coalition consisting of WCS, WWF, Elasmo Project, and James Cook University have launched the Shark and Ray Recovery Initiative (SARRI) as a global response to bring sharks and rays back from the brink.

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WCS Releases First-Known Drone Footage of Wild, Critically Endangered Orinoco Crocodile (English and Spanish)

Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Colombia program has released the first-known drone footage of wild Orinoco crocodiles (Crocodylus intermedius) -- a Critically Endangered reptile found in northern areas of South America.

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NRP Continues to Misuse the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Potentially Risking the Health and Welfare of Happy, An Elephant at the Bronx Zoo
Bronx, NY – May 18, 2022 – The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo: The lawyers advocating for Happy, an Asian elephant at the Bronx Zoo, are encouraged that the Court of Appeals of the State of New York will affirm the opinions of the lower courts and dismiss the habeas corpus petition filed by the NonHuman Rights Project (NRP) seeking personhood for Happy. With this appeal, NRP continues to misuse the writ of habe...
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WCS Scientists Provide More than 50K Camera Trap Images for Massive Study on Amazon Wildlife (English, Spanish and Portuguese)

WCS scientists working in the vast Amazon Basin have contributed more than 57,000 camera trap images for a new study published in the journal Ecology by an international team of 120 research institutions.

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Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Awards Sustainability Grant to WCS
Bronx, NY - May 16, 2022 - WCS is celebrating a sustainability grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to purchase 12 new electric utility vehicles. This new fleet will soon replace gas-powered vehicles currently used to transport small animals, materials, and staff throughout the historic Bronx Zoo campus. Over the past 20 years, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club has donated over $11.7 million across 147 projects to date. To learn more about this project and others, please visit greenmo...
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