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WCS Releases First-Known Drone Footage of Wild, Critically Endangered Orinoco Crocodile (English and Spanish)

Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Colombia program has released the first-known drone footage of wild Orinoco crocodiles (Crocodylus intermedius) -- a Critically Endangered reptile found in northern areas of South America.

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NRP Continues to Misuse the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Potentially Risking the Health and Welfare of Happy, An Elephant at the Bronx Zoo
Bronx, NY – May 18, 2022 – The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo: The lawyers advocating for Happy, an Asian elephant at the Bronx Zoo, are encouraged that the Court of Appeals of the State of New York will affirm the opinions of the lower courts and dismiss the habeas corpus petition filed by the NonHuman Rights Project (NRP) seeking personhood for Happy. With this appeal, NRP continues to misuse the writ of habe...
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WCS Scientists Provide More than 50K Camera Trap Images for Massive Study on Amazon Wildlife (English, Spanish and Portuguese)

WCS scientists working in the vast Amazon Basin have contributed more than 57,000 camera trap images for a new study published in the journal Ecology by an international team of 120 research institutions.

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Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Awards Sustainability Grant to WCS
Bronx, NY - May 16, 2022 - WCS is celebrating a sustainability grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to purchase 12 new electric utility vehicles. This new fleet will soon replace gas-powered vehicles currently used to transport small animals, materials, and staff throughout the historic Bronx Zoo campus. Over the past 20 years, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club has donated over $11.7 million across 147 projects to date. To learn more about this project and others, please visit greenmo...
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Bronx Zoo Bison Join Osage Nation Herd in Oklahoma
Bronx, NY – May 13, 2022 – Three male and three female Bronx Zoo-born American bison (commonly called buffalo) have been transferred to the Osage Nation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. This week, those bison joined the nearly 200 bison that make up the resident Osage herd on their 43,000-acre ranch and will bolster the genetic diversity in the Osage herd. This move is a significant step in a new partnership between the Bronx Zoo and the Osage Nation. It is the culmination of years of work ...
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Physicians, Epidemiologists, and Ecologists Pen Nature Essay Calling on Policymakers to Take Action Now

An essay published today in the journal Nature highlights four leading causes of pathogen spillover and calls on global policymakers to take urgent actions that will help prevent future pandemics of zoonotic origin.

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Dr. Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, Steps Down After Ten Years to Join the Bezos Earth Fund

Dr. Cristián Samper will step down as President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society later this year. He will become the Managing Director and Leader of Nature Solutions at the Bezos Earth Fund, leading a $3 billion nature solutions portfolio to protect and restore nature and transform food systems to help combat climate change as part of Jeff Bezos’ $10 billion personal commitment to driving climate and nature solutions.

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La Paz, Bolivia Breaks Records in City Nature Challenge 2022

With more than 137,000 observations of fauna and flora, more than 4,300 species and 4,305 participants, the metropolitan region of La Paz topped the charts in the three categories of the City Nature Challenge 2022, in which more than 400 cities from 44 countries competed, and broke records for this international competition.

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Conservation Leadership Programme Announces 2022 Team Awards

The 2022 CLP Team Awards, worth a total of $456,077, have been granted to 23 exceptional teams of 98 conservationists who are carrying out priority projects to protect imperilled species across the world. 

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Largest Known Population of Africa’s Rarest Falcon Discovered in Mozambique Protected Area

A team of conservationists have discovered what may be the world’s largest population of Africa’s rarest falcon living in Mozambique’s Niassa Special Reserve – a protected area not listed in the bird-of-prey’s range.

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