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June 25, 2013
Hiding in Plain Sight: New Species of Bird Discovered In Capital City
Cambodian tailorbird discovered within city limits of Phnom Penh NEW YORK (Embargoed Until 5 P.M. EDT, June 25, 2013) — A team of scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society, BirdLife International, and other groups have discovered a new species of bird with distinct plumage and a loud call living not in some remote jungle, but in a capital city of 1.5 million people.Called the Cambodian tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk), the previously undescribed species was found in Cambodia’s u...
May 28, 2013
Guatemala’s Jaguars: Capturing Phantoms in Photos
New Large-scale Jaguar Camera-trap Study Underway in GuatemalaWildlife Conservation Society Issues New Manual for Catching Conservation in Action New York (May 28, 2013) – The Wildlife Conservation Society today released this photograph of a male jaguar taken by a remote camera trap in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. Activated by motion or heat differentials, camera traps “capture” pictures of secretive and elusive animals in the wild. Because each jaguar’s pattern of spots is unique,...
May 20, 2013
WCS Informs Discussion of Responses to a Changing Arctic
New York (May 20, 2013) – In two critical reports released at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, Sweden on May 15th, the scientific expertise of the Wildlife Conservation Society helped inform an international body of senior government officials about changing conditions in the Arctic, and potential responses to those changes. The scientific reports reviewed by the ministers are products of contributions from various experts, representing a range of knowledge and traditions—includ...
May 18, 2013
WCS Praises Agreement Between Gabon and Central African Republic Aimed at Improved Management of CAR’s Protected Areas
NEW YORK (May 18, 2013) —The following statement was released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristián Samper in response to the news that Gabon has agreed to help improve the management of the Central African Republic’s protected areas, which are currently threatened by large-scale elephant poaching for ivory, and that security has returned to Dzanga-Sangha National Park. At least two dozen elephants were killed in Dzanga-Sangha National Park in the Central African...
April 03, 2013
A Conservation Solution to Vehicle-Wildlife Collisions
Writing an op-ed for the
, WCS Conservation Scientist Jon Beckmann explores how pronghorn make their way through the western United States. Safe passages allow North America’s fastest land mammal to safely navigate the 100-mile route between Grand Teton National Park and Wyoming’s Upper Green River Basin.
April 02, 2013
Can Synthetic Biology Save Wildlife?
New paper says discussion on benefits and risks of synthetic biology to conservation is necessary From re-creating extinct species to the risk of genetically modified super-speciesUpcoming conference at Clare College in Cambridge, England, on April 9-11 will examine the nexus of synthetic biology and conservation NEW YORK (April 2, 2013)—What effects will the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology have on the conservation of nature? The ecological and ethical challenges stemmin...
April 01, 2013
Pattycake, First Gorilla Born in New York City, Dies at 40 Years Old at WCS’s Bronx Zoo
Bronx, New York, March 31, 2013 -- Pattycake, the first gorilla born in New York City, died today at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo at 40 years old. Pattycake was under medical care due to her advanced age and she was being treated for chronic cardiac issues. A necropsy was performed today and more conclusive results will follow. Pattycake was born at the Central Park Zoo on Sept. 3, 1972 to parents Kongo and Lulu. Since her birth, she was loved by New Yorkers who were captivat...
March 14, 2013
Jaws-Sized Victory for Sharks
Proposals to protect five species of sharks, freshwater sawfish, and two manta ray species have been accepted by CITES. These protections are critical to ensuring that international trade does not threaten the survival of commercially valuable shark and ray species.
March 13, 2013
Two New Marine Protected Areas Created on Argentina’s Southern Coasts
Coastal parks created in Patagonia with assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society now safeguard sea lions, penguins, dolphins, and other sea life NEW YORK (March 13, 2013)—The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds the Government of Argentina for creating two enormous marine protected areas in Patagonia, a region filled with majestic shorelines and abundant wildlife. The new marine parks—Isla Pingüino Coastal Marine Park and Makenke Coastal Marine Park—were recently established by the...
March 07, 2013
“Climate Smart Strategies” Proposed for Spectacular U.S.-Canadian Landscape
WCS Canada Reports Safe Havens and Safe Passages Key to Conserving Wildlife in Southern Canadian Rockies Grizzly bear, wolverine, and bull trout among species ranked as "highly" vulnerable to climate change and road use TORONTO (March 7, 2013) A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS Canada) creates a conservation strategy that will promote wildlife resiliency in the Southern Canadian Rockies to the future im...
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