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August 19, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Debuts Two Rare Snow Leopard Cubs
Cubs are on exhibit at Himalayan Highlands See the video:http://youtu.be/sliAFsdTd7Q B-Roll Download:Bronx Zoo Snow Leopard Cubs B-roll.mov Bronx, NY – August 19, 2014 – Two rare snow leopard cubs (Panthera uncia) have made their public debut at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. WCS’s Bronx Zoo is a world leader in snow leopard husbandry and participates in the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal po...
August 13, 2014
Biologists from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico Collaborate for North America’s Fastest Land Animal
New Pronghorn Management Guides share latest science, inform issues impacting species BOZEMAN (August 13, 2014) – Biologists from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have collaborated for the first time to produce recommendations to protect and manage North America’s fastest land mammal – the pronghorn. Pronghorn are endemic to North America and numbered an estimated 35 million in the early 19th century. Today, about 700,000 remain and more than half of those live in Wyoming. The guides provide the l...
August 05, 2014
96 Elephants Launches Elephant-Sized Effort for World Elephant Day on August 12th
Variety of World Elephant Day activities will raise awareness of elephant crisis and help stop poaching for ivory 96,000 messages will be sent to public officials from more than 118 zoos around the U.S. Public is urged to “GO GREY” for elephants Hard Rock Cafe, DoSomething.org will launch campaigns in support 96 Elephants World Elephant Day URL: http://96elephants.org/wed/ NEW YORK (August 5, 2014) The 96 Elephants campaign has launched an elephant-sized effort to commemorate World Elephant Day ...
July 25, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo Welcomes Three New American Bison
WCS supports legislation to make bison the national mammal Flushing, N.Y. – July 25, 2014 – The herd of American bison (Bison bison) at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Queens Zoo just got bigger with the addition of three new females from the Bronx Zoo. Including the new additions, the Queens Zoo is home to seven bison. They share a prairie exhibit with pronghorn, an antelope-like species that is also native to North America. Bison are large, majestic mammals that live in large herds ...
July 21, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo Debuts Roosevelt Elk Calf
Flushing, N.Y. – July 21, 2014 – ATTACHED PHOTO: A Roosevelt elk calf (Cervus canadensis roosevelti) born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo has joined the rest of the herd on the zoo’s woodland habitat. Born on June 10, the male calf brings the total number of elk in the herd to five. Roosevelt elk weigh approximately 25 pounds at birth. Adult bulls can weigh up to 1,100 pounds, while adult cows can reach 700 pounds. Roosevelt elk are the largest sub-species of elk and one of t...
July 18, 2014
Triplet North American River Otter Pups Debut At the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo
B-Roll Download >> PPZ North American River Otters 2014-gh.mov Brooklyn, N.Y. – July 18, 2014 – Three North American river otter pups (Lontra canadensis) have made their public debut at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo. The three otters are all male and were born on February 25. The pups have yet to be named. “North American river otters are a species whose range includes New York and these three new Brooklynites provide an opportunity for us to educate pe...
July 15, 2014
Eyeing Multiple Scenarios, Conservation Scientists Can Tackle an Uncertain Future
(BOZEMAN - July 15, 2014) A new publication from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) illustrates that one way to make pro-active decisions in conservation and natural–resource planning today is to consider various scenarios that may unfold tomorrow. Conservation professionals face many challenges due to changes in climate, land use, invasive species, biodiversity, and more. These changes interact in complex ways and can result in unknowns that ...
June 30, 2014
WCS Applauds Department of the Interior’s Bison Report: Looking Forward
BOZEMAN, MT (June 30, 2014) -- The following statement was issued by Keith Aune, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Bison Program Coordinator, lead spokesperson for the American Bison Society (ABS), and Chair of the IUCN Bison Specialist Group for North America:“WCS, ABS, and the IUCN Bison Specialist Group applaud the bison conservation strategy outlined today by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in its Bison Report: Looking Forward that calls for restoration of bison to multijurisdic...
June 19, 2014
Canada's Far North at Risk Unless Ontario Adopts New, Inclusive Planning Process: Report
Planning tool unites stakeholders with a focus on sustainable, collaborative development THUNDER BAY, June 19, 2014 — With the Ontario government poised to spend $1 billion to promote development in the Ring of Fire, a new paper from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada and Ecojustice identifies risks inherent in the current planning legislation and provides a solution. Ontario’s Far North is the world’s largest ecologically intact area of boreal forest. It contains North America's...
June 16, 2014
Wild Yaks Mothers are the Real Climbers
New Study Says Females use more mountainous terrain than males NEW YORK (June 16, 2014) – A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that in wild yak societies, it’s the mothers that are the real climbers. The study found that mothers with young are on steeper terrain and slightly higher elevation than either males or females without young. The authors of the study expect that this strategy is an adaptive way to avoid predators and to access more nutritious food. Wild ya...
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