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August 05, 2009
Laughing at the Bronx Zoo: WCS Opens Hyena Exhibit
Hyenas to join lions, gazelles and other wildlifeon Zoo’s famous African Plains exhibit ...
July 28, 2009
WCS Supports Stronger Monitoring of Ports for Illegal Wildlife Trade
WCS Applauds Leadership of Congresswoman Madeleine Bordalloand Calls for Port of Entry Monitoring in Global Wildlife Conservation, Coordination, and Enhancement Act WASHINGTON, D.C. (JULY 28, 2009) The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli submitted testimony today applauding the leadership of Subcommittee Chairwoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) for championing the Global Wildlife Conservat...
July 27, 2009
Bronx Zoo Debuts Its Baby Okapi
Bronx, NY June 27, 2009 - From the back, she looks like a zebra; in the middle, she looks like a donkey; and up front, her face resembles her closest relative - the giraffe.The okapi calf is called Mbaya. She lives with her mother, Kweli, in the Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Okapi Jungle and Ituri Field Camp in the Congo Gorilla Forest. The okapi are an integral part of this exhibit celebrating its ten-year anniversary.Mbaya was born this spring, weighing 65 pounds. She is the fourth calf born to he...
July 21, 2009
Bronx Zoo's Madagascar! Exhibit Hosts Five Newborns in Its First Year
Exhibit's Inhabitants Are Truly Feeling at Home As WCS Celebrates First Anniversary of Madagascar!, the Exhibit Gets the Gold for Being Green Bronx, NY – June 21 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo is celebrating the birth of five newborns during the first year of its newest exhibit, Madagascar!. Three red ruffed lemurs, 1 collared lemur and 1 Coquerel’s sifaka, all primates endemic to Madagascar, were born in the exhibit. ...
June 25, 2009
Bronx Zoo Celebrates Congo Gorilla Forest's 10th Anniversary with African Arts
Bronx Zoo Hosts Ten Days of Arts Workshops in Collaboration with the Museum for African Art at Dancing Crane Plaza As part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit, the Wildlife Conservation Society – the zoo’s parent organization – is hosting ten days of craft-making workshops in collaboration with the Museum for African Art. The workshops, which will take place at the Bronx Zoo’s Dancing Crane Plaza, are based on artistic traditions from th...
June 24, 2009
Congo Gorilla Forest Celebrates 10 Years and $10.6 Million Raised for Central African Parks
Exhibit Turns 7 Million Visitors into Conservationists The Bronx Zoo Congo Gorilla Forest Exhibit Showcases How Zoo and Global Conservation Field Work Can Make a Difference Together Come Celebrate with the Gorillas: Educational and Fun Activities Scheduled in June and July Bronx, NY – June 24, 2009 – WCS announced today that the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest, celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, has raised more than $10.6 million which has gone directly to fund the c...
June 18, 2009
Giant Jumping Rat Born at WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo
Jump on over and See This Endangered Malagasy Mammal Before He Grows up! Brooklyn, N.Y. – This as yet unsexed pup was born in April of this year. Dad Armand and mom Vonjy are keeping a close watch on the infant. The Mom and Dad arrived at the Prospect Park Zoo in early January. They are the first residents of the nocturnal wing in the Animal Adaptations exhibit. When the pair gave birth, they received complete privacy by covering the exhibit front and restricting...
June 17, 2009
WCS Thanks NYC for Restoring Funds for the Bronx Zoo, NY Aquarium, and Other City Cultural Institutions
More than 34,000 Messages Sent to City Hall (June 17, 2009) —The following statement was released today by Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President John Calvelli:“The Wildlife Conservation Society thanks Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Majority Leader Joel Rivera, Chairman Dominic Recchia and the delegations from all five boroughs for recognizing the economic importance of the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium and all of the city’s cultural institutions. The...
May 21, 2009
WCS Applauds Inclusion of Forestry Provisions In American Clean Energy and Security Act
Landmark Legislation Paves Way to Comprehensive Climate Change Policy NEW YORK (MAY 21, 2009) - The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for including provisions on forestry preservation in the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The provisions call for action to avoid the burning or cutting down of the world’s forests. Deforestation results in one-fifth of total greenhouse...
January 16, 2009
WCS President and CEO Announces Economic Impacts at the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium
NEW YORK, JANUARY 16, 2009 -- The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s President and CEO, Dr. Steven E. Sanderson: The world is in economic turmoil. As a result, the Wildlife Conservation Society – like families and businesses across our nation – is facing a dire financial situation that will endure for some time, requiring us to change WCS in painful ways in the coming weeks and months. We are in a global crisis, and we don’t know its full extent or shap...
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