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Discovery of New Ginger Species Spices up Wildlife Surveys

March 23, 2017 – Scientists from WCS have discovered a new species of wild ginger, spicing up a wave of recent wildlife discoveries in the Kabobo Massif – a rugged, mountainous region in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Lack of Staffing, Funds Prevent Marine Protected Areas from Realizing Full Potential
March 22, 2017--Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff.

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WCS and USAID Launch Uganda Biodiversity Fund to Protect Biodiversity in The Pearl of Africa
March 22, 2017 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has launched the Uganda Biodiversity Fund with support from USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) to help generate the resources needed to conserve Uganda’s wildlife and natural heritage.

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Fort Peck Native American Tribes Gift Bison to WCS’s Bronx Zoo

NEW YORK – March 22, 2017 – A new herd of bison is now on exhibit at the WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo.  In November, the zoo received a gift of eight genetically pure American bison from the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.  The seven female and one male bison are from the Yellowstone National Park bloodline, which are among the few pure herds remaining. The vast majority of present-day bison have small amounts of domestic cattle genes, a reflection of past interbreeding efforts when western ranchers tried to create a hardier breed of cattle.  The historic transfer will further the Bronx Zoo’s long history of facilitating bison conservation projects in the western U.S., and marks the first time bison have been transferred by a tribe to a zoo.

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Coral Bleaching Ready for Crowdsourcing Solution
March 21, 2017 – Savvy divers with just a pencil and an underwater slate can now participate in a WCS-led initiative to record coral bleaching observations around the world.  

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WASHINGTON (March 17, 2017) – Dramatic reductions in funding for the State Department, USAID, the GEF, the Department of the Interior and others will harm people, wildlife, the environment and our national security. 

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Big Bat Find in Alberta’s Boreal Forest

March 16, 2017 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society Canada and Alberta Environment and Parks announced today the discovery last month of the largest Alberta bat hibernation site (based on estimated bat count) ever recorded outside of the Rocky Mountains.

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Carbon-based Approaches for Saving Rainforests Should Include Biodiversity Studies
March 9, 2017 – Conservationists working to safeguard tropical forests often assume that old growth forests containing great stores of carbon also hold high biodiversity, but a new study finds that the relationship may not be as strong as once thought, according to a group of researchers with contributions from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other organizations.

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Categories: Climate Change

Congress Pushing the Tiger Stamp... and Maybe an Elephant Stamp?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 7, 2017) – House and Senate conservation champions reintroduced bipartisan legislation to extend for four more years the enormously popular Save Vanishing Species postage stamp, also known as the Tiger Stamp, which raises funds for conservation. The House legislation also calls for the addition of a new African elephant stamp.

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Categories: Tigers

LIONS AND TIGERS AND FACEBOOK LIVE – OH MY!
February 28, 2017 – It’s animal overload as Animal Planet sets up a flock of Facebook Live video segments and partners with 18 accredited AZA (Association of Zoo and Aquariums) zoos and aquariums across the country, for ‘Inside The Zoo.’ 

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Categories: Bronx Zoo

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