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Release of “Bushmeat,” a Book Promoting a Holistic Approach to Wild Meat in Central Africa, Supports WCS Vision

Democratic Republic of Congo expert Theodore Trefon published "Bushmeat: Culture, economy and conservation in Central Africa," supporting WCS’s ‘From the Forest to the Fork’ conceptual framework for a more holistic approach to bushmeat to understand its consumption and the threats it poses to biodiversity

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COMIFAC Countries Convene Workshop on the Implementation of Target 3 of Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (English and French)

The Executive Secretariat of the Central African Forest Commission (or Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale - COMIFAC) organized on June 5 and 6, 2023 in Kigali the Sub-regional Workshop of the COMIFAC countries to “understand the status, gaps and needs for implementation of Target 3 of Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.” 

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Due to the continuing air quality alert in New York City and concern for our staff, visitors and animals, our four zoos and our aquarium -- Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, New York Aquarium -- will remain closed.

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WORLD OCEANS DAY NEWS:  Preserving Ocean Health is Vital for Human Health,  Says Researchers Publishing in The Lancet

In conjunction with World Oceans Day on June 8th, esteemed researchers from institutions worldwide have published a compelling paper in the prestigious journal The Lancet, affirming that human health depends on thriving oceans.

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Due to the rising air quality index, and out of concern for our staff, visitors, and animals, the WCS parks -- Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, -- closed at 3pm today. 

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To Prevent Future Pandemics, Leave Bats Alone

A new paper in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health makes the case that pandemic prevention requires a global taboo whereby humanity agrees to leave bats alone—to let them have the habitats they need, undisturbed.

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Leading Global NGOs Launch SCeNe Coalition to Deliver Nature-based Climate Solutions in Southeast Asia

Eight globally recognized environmental and conservation non-profit organizations launched the Southeast Asia Climate and Nature-based Solutions Coalition (SCeNe Coalition) during Ecosperity Week, taking place in Singapore 6-8 June 2023.

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WCS Welcomes Monica Medina
New York (June 1, 2023) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) welcomes Monica P. Medina, the first diplomat in the U.S. designated to advocate for global biodiversity, as she begins her tenure as WCS’s new President and CEO. Medina will work to further the WCS mission to save wildlife and wild places, harnessing the power of its four zoos and an aquarium in New York City, and Global Conservation Programs in nearly 60 countries. Medina has a long and accomplished career in...
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WCS Offers Condolences for Two Fallen Ecoguards
New York, May 23, 2023 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society mourns the loss of two WCS ecoguards this month, Alain Lukinga of Democratic Republic of Congo and Clement Ayang of Northern Cameroon. WCS and Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) authority are deeply saddened by the death of ecoguard Mr. Alain LUKINGA, born in Kakongya on June 12, 1989, who sacrificed his life on May 10, 2023, for the protection of KBNP in an armed confrontation at Cibumbiro in South Kivu, DRC. Alain was part of a grou...
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PRESS PREVIEW - BUDGIE LANDING to Open at Bronx Zoo for Memorial Day Weekend
BRONX, NY – May 23, 2023 – A new experience is opening at the Bronx Zoo Memorial Day weekend. Budgie Landing is an immersive walkthrough exhibit that includes more than 1000 colorful budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus), commonly known as budgies. Members of the media are invited to preview the Budgie Landing experience along with Bronx Zoo members 11a-3p on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26. The exhibit will officially open to the public on Saturday, May 27 – just in tim...
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