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Infrastructure from oil drilling, coupled with edible garbage, creates “subsidized housing” for opportunistic predators like foxes and gulls NEW YORK (September 8, 2009) – A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other groups reveals how oil development in the Artic is impacting some bird populations by providing “subsidized housing” to predators, which nest and den around drilling infrastructure and supplement the...
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The Arakan forest turtle is discovered in dense bamboo forest in Myanmar Species previously known only by museum and captive specimens NEW YORK (September 3, 2009) – Known only by museum specimens and a few captive individuals, one of the world’s rarest turtle species – the Arakan forest turtle – has been observed for the first time in the wild by scientists according to a new report by the Wildlife Conservation So...
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Brooklyn, NY, September 2, 2009 - The New York Aquarium is sad to report that Pacific walrus, Akituusaq, died September 1. The walrus died due to complications from pneumonia.During the past few days, Akituusaq had been under special care by Wildlife Conservation Society veterinarians and received round-the-clock attention. Working tirelessly, WCS staff closely monitored his status and provided dedicated medical care."We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved walrus Akituusaq and are pro...
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Zoo Partners with Local Bike Business to Help Save the Environment Flushing, N.Y. (August 18, 2009) - The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is continuing its commitment to protecting the environment – this time through pedal power. The zoo has replaced electric-powered golf carts with heavy-duty, human-powered tricycles to transport equipment and animal food and supplies throughout the 11-acre facility. This eco-friendly move is environmentally and financially sound. The cost of ma...
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New York, N.Y. – WCS's Bronx Zoo partners with Bank of America and Fisher-Price® to bring a fun-filled week of games and challenges for visitors of all ages, August 17-23.Fisher-Price®, a proud partner, of the Wildlife Conservation Society has created the zoo’s very own toyland.  The super-sized Fisher-Price® play area is filled with cool new toys like the Handy Manny™ Manny's Repair Shop, Imaginext® Dragon World Fortress™, and the Precious Places™ Swan Palace.  Guests will pedal and play with...
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This Fall: Raptors are Happening at the Zoo New York, N.Y. - The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo is debuting a brand new educational Birds of Prey flying show, September 12/13, 19/20, and 26/27.Eagles, hawks, falcons, and vultures will be a part of the presentation during this special three-weekend event in the Bronx Zoo's Astor Court.Following the show, there will be an up-close viewing of these raptors of the wild.  Presenters will be on hand to chat with visitors a...
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Scientists Honored by Society for Conservation Biology at 2009 Annual Meeting NEW YORK (AUGUST 6, 2009) Three Wildlife Conservation Society scientists were honored during the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology(SCB), in Beijing, China held from July 11-16, 2009. The SCB is an international professional organization with over 12,000 members dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving the Earth's biological diversity. Each year, the SCB ...
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Hyenas to join lions, gazelles and other wildlifeon Zoo’s famous African Plains exhibit ...
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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...
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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...
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