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New York, June 21, 2024 – The Wildlife Conservation Society, along with American Forest Foundation, Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, Fauna & Flora, and The Nature Conservancy, signed a joint letter supporting the use of high-quality carbon credits in the abatement of scope 3 emissions under the Science Based Target initiative’s Net-Zero-Standard. The letter reads as follows:  To the attention of: Luiz Amaral, Chief Executive Officer, Scienc...
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WCS’s Annual Gala, Celebrating the Bronx Zoo’s 125th Anniversary, Honors Its Director, Jim Breheny
New York, June 12, 2024 - The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a global conservation organization, hosted its annual gala this evening celebrating the Bronx Zoo’s 125th anniversary and paying tribute to its director, Jim Breheny. Said Breheny: “All of us here in New York and our colleagues in the field are united in the common goal of having people respect and care for nature; in protecting species and the places where they live. Through our combined work we provide hope and p...
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Protecting Biodiversity: Avianca and WCS Celebrate New Milestones in Their Collaboration
In commemoration of World Environment Day, Avianca and WCS announced the extension of their alliance in Colombia to include Ecuador, featuring a new commemorative design on one of the airline's planes with the message: "Together for Biodiversity.” BOGOTÁ, June 12, 2024 – As part of the agreement signed in June 2023 between Avianca and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), these two organizations have significantly advanced their joint efforts to combat wildlife traffi...
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Placing Women Front and Center Is Key to Achieving Global Marine Conservation and Sustainable Development Agendas
COSTA RICA (June 8, 2024)—Ahead of the United Nations Ocean Conference pre-meeting in Costa Rica, women leaders from 11 Latin America and Caribbean countries released a call to action with major recommendations for better mainstreaming women’s priorities for coastal marine conservation and sustainable development into national policy dialogue. Among other requests, the Women Ocean Guardians called for concrete actions by governments to eliminate gender-based violence, recognize the b...
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The Bronx Zoo Celebrates 25 Years of Congo Gorilla Forest
BRONX, N.Y. — June 7, 2024 — The Bronx Zoo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its award-winning Congo Gorilla Forest. Since its opening in June 1999, more than 15 million people have visited the exhibit, learning about the urgency of conservation and leaving inspired to save wildlife and the places where they live. Bronx Zoo guests, during June 8-9 (Saturday and Sunday) and June 15-16 (Saturday and Sunday), can join in activities celebrating the renowned Congo Gorilla Forest e...
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Wildlife Conservation Society Bangladesh Program Honored with the Country’s Top Prestigious Bangabandhu Award in Bangladesh
Dhaka, June 6th, 2024 -- The Government of Bangladesh bestowed the country’s most prestigious award for wildlife conservation, the Bangabandhu Award for “Dedicated Wildlife Conservation Organization,” to the WCS Bangladesh Program in recognition of the program’s valuable contributions to advancing wildlife conservation management in Bangladesh. WCS has been working in Bangladesh for more than two decades providing technical and policy input to government partners,...
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Coney Island, NY – June 6, 2024 – The annual New York Aquarium-led, Wildlife Conservation Society beach clean-up on World Oceans Day, June 8, on Coney Island returns this year. The WCS beach clean-up will run from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, starting at the New York Aquarium. At the end of the clean-up, trash and recyclables will be separated and weighed. WHAT: WCS World Oceans Day Beach Clean-Up  WHERE: New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Ave, Coney Island Reporters c...
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Three Andean Bear Cubs Debut at the Queens Zoo
New York, June 3, 2024 – Three 5-month-old Andean bear cubs are debuting at the Queens Zoo, marking a rare occurrence as Andean bears typically only have one or two cubs at a time. The cubs were born on January 3 this year, including two males and one female. With these births, eight Andean bear cubs (Tremarctos ornatus) have been born at the Queens Zoo since 1995.  Since birth, they have been cared for by their mother in the birthing den, and the cubs have now reached the age...
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NEW YORK, NY (May 28, 2024) -- Subsequent to a necropsy at the Bronx Zoo, the wings and tissue samples from Flaco, a Eurasian eagle owl, were transferred to the American Museum of Natural History to become part of its scientific collection. Historically, the Bronx Zoo has donated specimens to the Museum. These collections are used extensively by scientists and also by artists who develop images for educational materials, including birding field guides. The remains will not be on public...
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GENEVA, May 25, 2024—The following statement was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS): Member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) did not reach consensus on a new agreement or treaty on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response. The WHO’s World Health Assembly will consider the outcome when it convenes next week and decide if and how to proceed with the process. All multilateralism requires compromise and agreement, and thinking of the common good fo...
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