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November 04, 2013
First Snow Leopard Cubs Ever Born At Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo Make Their Public Debut
Twins are on exhibit in Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard ExhibitDownload b-roll video here: HD Snow Leopard Cubs at Central Park Zoo.movNew York – Nov. 4, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo is debuting a pair of snow leopard cubs (Panthera uncia). These are the first snow leopard cubs ever born at the Central Park Zoo and the second snow leopard birth at a WCS zoo this year.The cubs, a male and a female, born this summer, weigh about 30 pounds but are expected to reach b...
October 29, 2013
Scientists Find That Dolphin in Australian Waters is a New Species
Study of humpback dolphin in Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific waters finds as-of-yet unnamed species NEW YORK (October 29, 2013)—A species of humpback dolphin previously unknown to science is swimming in the waters off northern Australia, according to a team of researchers working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and numerous other groups that contributed to the study. To determine the number of distinct species in the family of humpback dolphins (anima...
October 29, 2013
Previously unknown humpback dolphin species identified, researchers say
In an exciting discovery, researchers have identified a new species of humpback dolphin in Australia.
October 16, 2013
DUCK! Flocks of New Waterfowl Hatch at The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo
Zoo’s breeding program sees tremendous success with hatching chicks of eight different rare or endangered speciesView the slideshowNew York – Oct. 16, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo has become a breeding ground for some of the most beautiful and endangered waterfowl from around the world, with eight rare or endangered species producing chicks this year.The Central Park Zoo began a waterfowl breeding program four years ago and the rate of success has been steadily inc...
October 03, 2013
Genetics Used to Sort Out Poorly Known—and Hunted—Whale Species
New information will inform management strategies for Bryde’s whaleCoastal subspecies has low genetic diversity and needs protectionNEW YORK (October 3, 2013)—Saving the whales often means knowing—sometimes genetically—one group of whales from another, say researchers attempting to define populations of a medium-sized and poorly understood baleen whale that is sometimes targeted by Japan’s scientific whaling program. In a new study, scientists from Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Mus...
August 28, 2013
Nominees Announced for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize; True Heroes to Vie for Quarter of a Million Dollars in World’s Leading Award for Animal Conservation
Prize Officials Encourage People to Take Action as More Species are at Risk of Extinction INDIANAPOLIS — Thirty-nine conservationists who have dedicated their lives to saving the Earth’s endangered species have been nominated to receive the biennial Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. The winner of the Prize will receive an unrestricted $250,000 cash award and the Lilly Medal. Five other finalists will each receive $10,000. The nominees’ work spans the globe...
August 27, 2013
A famous snow leopard produces his first offspring at the Bronx Zoo. The rambunctious cub serves as living proof of the positive influence wildlife conservation can have in the world of diplomacy.
August 27, 2013
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo Debut’s First Snow Leopard Cub Sired by “Leo”
Cub is on exhibit at Himalayan HighlandsLeo’s rescue result of partnership between Pakistan and U.S. GovernmentsCub is genetically important to zoo populationSee the video >>Bronx, N.Y. — August 27, 2013 — The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is debuting a snow leopard cub sired by Leo – the snow leopard which became famous when he was rescued as an young orphaned cub after being found in the high mountains of northern Pakistan. Leo has been serving as an ambassador for Pakistan...
July 26, 2013
Indian Rhinoceros Born at Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo
Rhino calf visible from zoo’s Wild Asia Monorail See the video:http://youtu.be/0ckbLpM1tc4 Bronx, NY – July 26, 2013 – A greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), or Indian rhino calf, born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is making its public debut in Wild Asia.The gestation period for an Indian rhino is 16 months. The female calf weighed around 120 pounds at birth on April 6 and will grow to approximately 4,000 pounds as an adult. Her mother and father are Penn...
July 24, 2013
Victims of Fashion: New Study by WCS Reveals Dangers to Biological Diversity from Proliferation of Global Cashmere Garment Industry
Snow leopard, wild yak, Tibetan antelope, gazelles, and other species impacted NEW YORK (July 24, 2013) — A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Snow Leopard Trust reveals a disturbing link between the cashmere trade and the decay of ecosystems that support some of the planet’s most spectacular yet little-known large mammals. The study finds that as pastoralists expand goat herds to increase profits for the cashmere trade in Western markets, wildlife icons from the Tibeta...
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