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More Dead than Alive: Harvest for Ceremonial Headdresses Threatens Vulnerable Parrot Species  In Papua New Guinea

The demand for feathers for ceremonial headdresses from the highland cultures of Papua New Guinea is putting a vulnerable species of parrot in peril, say WCS scientists.

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WCS Statement on Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira Winning the Tusk Conservation Award – The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa

The Wildlife Conservation Society congratulates Dr. Carlos Lopes Pereira, who was honored with a lifetime achievement Tusk Conservation Award in Africa – the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa – for his four decades of work to protect Mozambique’s natural heritage.

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A Remote Paradise: Afghanistan Establishes the Bamyan Plateau Protected Area

The Wildlife Conservation Society extends congratulations to the ​Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the establishment of the Bamyan Plateau Protected Area, a spectacular landscape of ​4,200 square kilometers with outstanding ecological, cultural, historical and aes­thetic value, nested in the remote central Hindu Kush Moun­tain Range.

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A statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society concerning the unjust sentencing of six innocent Iranian wildlife conservationists being held captive in Iran. 
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Three WCS Rangers Win “African Ranger Award”

Three WCS rangers have won the African Ranger Award, which recognizes and supports the achievements and efforts of rangers working to combat the precipitous decline of Africa's wildlife species due to poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal wildlife trade.

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Bronx Zoo and SUNY Cobleskill Announce  Interdisciplinary Internship Agreement
SUNY Cobleskill and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo are collaborating to make the zoo an affiliate placement site for students enrolled in the College’s Histotechnician Program. This is a unique new internship for a SUNY Cobleskill student that will be offered each summer. The selected student will complete a 10-week training program at the Bronx Zoo, gaining applied learning experiences in the zoo’s histology laboratory. The lab is located in the zoo’...
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Holiday Lights - OPENING NIGHT MEDIA EVENT - Thurs., Nov. 21
The Bronx Zoo will be kicking-off the holiday season on Thursday, November 21 with the return of Holiday Lights. The opening night event is open to members of the media as zoo officials are joined by a number of VIPs to officially turn on the lights and start the holiday festivities in the Bronx. This season will be the first time the zoo has hosted the beloved holiday tradition since 2007. The Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights promises to be bigger, brighter, and greener than ever before as dazzling lig...
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Bronx Zoo and Prospect Park Zoo Certified Sensory Inclusive
WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) zoos and aquarium have partnered with KultureCity to make the Bronx Zoo and Prospect Park Zoo sensory inclusive with the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo and Queens Zoo working toward certification in the coming months. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for guests with sensory sensitivities during their visits to these iconic New York City wildlife parks. “The Bronx Zoo and all of WCS’s wildlife pa...
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Two Red Panda Cubs Make Public Debut At Prospect Park Zoo
Two red panda cubs (Ailurus fulgens refulgens) are making their public debut at WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo. The pair of male cubs were born over the summer in their indoor den where their mother, Willow, has been caring for them. They are now old enough to venture outside to explore their habitat. Adult red pandas have reddish-brown and black coats that serve as camouflage in the wild. Panda cubs are born much lighter in color and have a very soft, plush coat. Their color darkens as they matu...
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Leadership Changes in The WCS Global Conservation Program
The Wildlife Conservation Society has announced that Joe Walston will be promoted in January, 2020, to Executive Vice President for Global Conservation. John Robinson, who is the current WCS Chief Conservation Officer and Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science, will continue at the organization in a part-time role focused on science and policy. WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper said: “Our Global Conservation Program has grown significantly in scale and i...
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