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Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights Officially Open for the 2023 Holiday Season

New York City’s family-favorite Holiday Lights tradition is officially underway at the Bronx Zoo.

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Papua New Guinea Triples Ocean Protection, Announcing Two New Marine Protected Areas

Papua New Guinea today announced more than 1.5 million hectares (more than 16,000 km2) of new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights Opening Night Media Event on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023

NYC’s family-favorite holiday tradition returns to the Bronx Zoo with many new illumated features.

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New York, Nov. 10, 2023 – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) climate specialists and policy experts will hold a virtual news briefing 10AM ET Friday, Nov. 17 on the issues that will be addressed at the United Nations global climate summit, COP28 UAE in Dubai. WCS runs the largest field-based conservation program in the world; protecting more than 50 percent of the world’s known biodiversity. What:  Virtual Pre-COP28 Press Briefing When:  10AM ET to 11AM ET...
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Bronx Zoo Debuts Rarely Seen Endangered Mangshan Pit Viper Hatchling In World of Reptiles Nursery
NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2023 -- Mangshan pit vipers (Protobothrops mangshanensis) are seldom encountered in the wild, but visitors to the Bronx Zoo now have an opportunity to observe a hatchling in the nursery at the World of Reptiles. Among the world’s rarest snake species, the venomous, vividly colored Mangshan pit viper was only discovered in 1990 and is believed to exist in the wild solely within a 115-square-mile (300-square-kilometer) area of densely forested mountains in southeast Chi...
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Emerging Threat to Marine Wildlife from Trade Demand for Croaker Fish Swim Bladders

The heightened value of croaker swim bladders, or maws, is contributing to the endangerment of multiple marine species, including the Critically Endangered vaquita porpoise that exists only in Mexico’s Gulf of California, the authors of a new article in the journal Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystem have found. 

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Snow Leopard Cubs, “Ghosts of the Mountains,” Debut at the Bronx Zoo
Bronx, NY (Nov. 3, 2023) – Two snow leopard cubs are debuting at the Bronx Zoo. Snow leopards, among the world’s most elusive big cats, are rarely seen in the wild and are sometimes referred to as “the ghost of the mountains.” The species lives in some of the harshest conditions on Earth; in high elevations in the mountains of central Asia, including Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and U...
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WCS and COMIFAC Commit to a New Partnership in the Congo Basin to Effectively and Equitably Conserve 30 Percent of Marine and Terrestrial Areas

The Executive Secretariat of the Central African Forest Commission (or Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale - COMIFAC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of Target 3 of Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

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Gundi Launched This Week: The Universal Adaptor for Conservation Technologies

In a joint endeavor to amplify efforts to monitor and protect critical ecosystems across the globe, EarthRanger, Wildlife Protection Solutions (WPS), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have launched a first-of-its-kind universal adaptor for conservation technologies called Gundi.

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Looking Right at Us! The WCS Ocean Giants Team Shares a Close Encounter With a Humpback Whale in the New York Bight
New York, NY, Oct. 26, 2023 – The WCS Ocean Giants Team recently had a close encounter with a humpback whale in the NY Bight, when the whale (one in a pair of whales) approached their boat and swam around it for several minutes – images and memories that last a lifetime. The team, about 60 miles off the coast of NY, earlier this month was conducting ongoing research on humpbacks and other whales to better understand their distribution, behavior and habitat-use in the New York...
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