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WCS’s Queens Zoo Helps Howler Monkeys Thrive in Belize

May 17, 2017 – Recent WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo surveys of black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra), translocated to Belize’s Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary 25 years ago reveal that the effort has been a great success, with monkeys now thriving throughout the reserve after going locally extinct 40 years ago.

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New York Aquarium Mural Contest Winners Announced
Coney Island, NY – May 16, 2017 – The votes are in and the people have spoken! The three winning designs for the new Education Hall mural along the Coney Island Boardwalk have been chosen. Each will install their mural on the boardwalk during the week of World Oceans Day, June 8.

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WASHINGTON (May 15, 2017) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) raised concerns about a Department of the Interior order last week that could reopen offshore seismic testing for oil and gas in parts of the Atlantic Ocean. The directive follows an executive order that encouraged increased offshore oil and gas development, including seismic surveys, and reverses an Obama Administration order in January that denied such survey permits.

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Tea-Time Means Leopard-Time in India
(Bangalore, May 15, 2017) A new WCS study finds that leopards are abundant in tea-garden landscapes in north-eastern India, but that their mere presence does not lead to conflicts with people. 

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Six Pure Bison Calves Born at WCS’s Bronx Zoo

BRONX, NEW YORK – May 12, 2017 – Six American bison calves have been born at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo and four of them are now on exhibit on the zoo’s Bison Range. The calves will help the Bronx Zoo further bison conservation efforts. The calves were born to a herd of seven females and one male that arrived at the zoo from Ft. Peck, Montana in November 2016. The herd was an historic gift from the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes and was significant because the Fort Peck bison are from the Yellowstone National Park bloodline, and are among the few pure bison remaining. The vast majority of present-day bison have trace amounts of domestic cattle genes, a reflection of past interbreeding efforts when western ranchers tried to create a hardier breed of cattle. 

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Famous Tree-Climbing Lions of Uganda Roaming Farther  As Prey Animals Decrease
KAMPALA, Uganda (May 11, 2017) – Scientists in Uganda studying the behaviors of the country’s famous tree-climbing lions have found that the home ranges of lion prides in the study areas have increased over time as they search farther for diminishing numbers of prey animals.

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Nine Royal Turtle Hatchlings Taken to Conservation Center in Koh Kong
 

Sre Ambel, Koh Kong Province (May 10, 2017) – After being protected for three months, nine new Cambodian Royal Turtles have successfully hatched and were taken to Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Centre, Koh Kong Province for feeding, raising, and possibly breeding in the future.

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New Wildlife Defenders Graduate in Tanzania
MAY 10, 2017 – A new elite team of WCS-trained wildlife rangers in Tanzania graduated on May 6th and will be deployed in the Ruaha-Katavi Landscape, which harbors East Africa's largest elephant population. Ruaha-Katavi now has three such elite units to fight poachers. 

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The Latest Weapons Against Climate Change: The Beaver, the Oyster, Cold Water and more…
 New York (May 9, 2017) –Beavers, high elevation streams, and oyster reefs are just three of  the weapons in the fight against climate change discussed in 14 Solutions to Problems Climate Change Poses for Conservationa new report released today by WCS.

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New York Seascape Marine Life Now Revealed At Brooklyn Bridge Park Photo Exhibition
New York - May 9, 2017 – Brooklyn residents and visitors can get close-up glimpses of the region’s most mysterious inhabitants at Underwater Wildlife New York, a photo exhibit now underway at Brooklyn Bridge Park that showcases the region’s most fascinating marine species.

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