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Puppies Protect Pumas!

WCS Argentina recently delivered a new litter of specially trained livestock guardian dogs that work directly with herders to reduce conflict with pumas (Puma concolor) and other native carnivores living on the Patagonian steppe.

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WCS Statement Upon the Inauguration of U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris
New York, Jan. 20, 2021 – The following statement was released today upon the inauguration of U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. The statement outlines the policy priorities for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Said WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper: “We welcome the Biden-Harris Administration and its commitment to combatting the climate crisis and advancing policies that ensure the protection of biodiversity that sustains all...
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Disease Threatens to Decimate Western Bats

A four-year study recently published in Ecology and Evolution concludes that the fungal disease, white-nose syndrome, poses a severe threat to many western North American bats.

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For Valentine’s Day: The Original ‘Name-a-Roach’ Returns for 10th Year
BRONX, NY – Jan. 17, 2021 – BRONX, NY – Jan. XX, 2021 – Since 2011 the Bronx Zoo has been offering the only Valentine’s Day gift that will last forever – the original Name-a-Roach. For the past decade, the Bronx Zoo offers the opportunity to symbolically name its 10,000-plus giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The tongue-in-cheek Valentine’s Day gift comes with a colorful certificate emailed to your loved one announcing that a cockroach has been named ...
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“Resistance-Resilience-Transformation”: New Classification Marks Paradigm Shift in how Conservationists Tackle Climate Change
A new study co-authored by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Global Conservation Program and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Forestry introduces a classification called Resistance-Resilience-Transformation (RRT) that enables the assessment of whether and to what extent a management shift toward transformative action is occurring in conservation. 
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Statement by Cristián Samper, President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society, at the One Planet Summit, January 11, 2021 (English, French, Spanish)

WCS's President and CEO Cristián Samper's statement at the One Planet Summit, held on January 11, 2021

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CLIMATE CONFLICT: Rare Footage Captured of Jaguar Killing Ocelot at Waterhole
In what may be a sign of climate-change-induced conflict, researchers have captured rare photographic evidence of a jaguar killing another predatory wild cat at an isolated waterhole in Guatemala.
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Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights 2020 is Underway

The Bronx Zoo officially flipped the switch on Holiday Lights 2020 which will run on select dates November 20 to January 10, bringing New Yorkers much-needed joy for the winter season. Tickets for Holiday Lights must be purchased in advance and are now available online.

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WCS Announces Favorite Wildlife Pics of 2020
NEW YORK - December 22, 2020 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) released today its favorite images of 2020. Ten of the images come from WCS’s Bronx Zoo and other wildlife parks, and ten images are from WCS’s Global Conservation Programs taken by WCS scientists working around the world. This year, each set includes an 11th Honorable Mention photo that has special significance that warranted inclusion in the 2020 list. WCS operates five wildlife parks in New York City (Bronx Z...
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Good News From the Navajo Nation - Scientists Succeed in Tagging Nearly 100 of their Most Iconic of Wild Animals – the Tsétah dibé

Some of the world’s most sacred and spectacular lands unfold across the sovereign Navajo Nation – an area nearly the size of Maine encompassing parts of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. 

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