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August 28, 2014
Study Finds Current Marine Protected Area Networks Inadequate For Protecting Threatened Fish And Ocean Ecology
New York (August 28, 2014)—A new study reports that an expansion of marine protected areas is needed to protect fish species that perform key ecological functions. According to investigators from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations, previous efforts at protecting fish have focused on saving the largest numbers of species, often at the expense of those species that provide key and difficult-to-replace ecological functions. Many vital ecological functions of ocean ecology a...
August 28, 2014
Seventeen Rare Siamese Crocodiles Released in Lao PDR by WCS and Partners
Fewer than 1,000 critically endangered Siamese crocodiles remain in the wild NEW YORK (August 28, 2014) – The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today the successful release of 17 juvenile critically endangered Siamese crocodiles into a protected wetland in Lao PDR. The one-to-two-year-old crocodiles, which range between 50-100 cm (20-39 inches) in length, were raised in facilities managed by local communities working with WCS to protect the endangered reptiles and their habitat. The juven...
August 26, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Society announces new event for August 2015: Cycle Adirondacks
Registration is open for the first fully supported week-long tour in the region; created to benefit the Adirondack Park Saranac Lake, NY – August 26, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) today announced Cycle Adirondacks, a week-long, road bike tour through the Adirondack Park featuring daily routes that will allow riders to be immersed in the forests, lakes, streams and abundant wildlife habitat of the famed Adirondack region. Local WCS wildlife experts will be on hand all week to pr...
August 20, 2014
Balancing Nature and Human Needs on the Designer Ark
Depending on where one lives, the ability to coexist with wildlife varies drastically. David Wilkie, WCS Director of Conservation Support, discusses the different challenges he experiences in Boston, MA, compared to his friend, Kauteli, who lives in the Congo.
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 18, 2014
Paper delivers clear policy to safeguard world’s primary forests
New global research reveals extreme vulnerability of primary forests Authors say just 22 percent of primary forests are located in protected areas, which is the equivalent of only five percent of original primary forest Analysis provides clear policy recommendations to protect primary forests Paper URL:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/conl.12120/full August 18, 2014: An international team of conservationist scientists and practitioners has published new research showing the precarious...
August 15, 2014
As Sharks Disappear, So Could Shark Week
Caleb McClennen, executive director for the Wildlife Conservation Society's Global Marine Program, explains the most important take away from Discovery Channel's Shark Week: sharks are an extraordinarily threatened species.
August 14, 2014
Scientists Study “Talking” Turtles in Brazilian Amazon
Authors find that Giant South American river turtles have a repertoire of vocalizations for different behavioral situations, including caring for young New York (August 14, 2014)— Turtles are well known for their longevity and protective shells, but it turns out these reptiles use sound to stick together and care for young, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations. Scientists working in the Brazilian Amazon have found that Giant South American river turtles actuall...
August 14, 2014
Giant Aldabra Tortoises Debut At the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo
Impressive reptiles top 600 poundsB-roll download here:Bronx Zoo Aldabra Giant Tortoises B-roll.movBronx, NY – Aug. 14, 2014 – Two giant Aldabra tortoises (Geochelone gigantean) are now grazing outside Zoo Center at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.Both tortoises are males; one weighs approximately 400 pounds and the other tips the scales at around 600 pounds. Their exhibit is located at the iconic Zoo Center and resembles their natural habitat with a sandy substrate, lush vegetatio...
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...
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