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January 16, 2014
Testimony of Elizabeth L. Bennett, Ph.D., Vice President, Species Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society submitted to New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation
January 16, 2014 Good afternoon. My name is Elizabeth Bennett. I am the Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Thank you for the opportunity to speak before you today regarding the plight of African elephants due to demand for ivory, and the actions that New York State can take to improve their conservation status in the wild. My background is that I have spent 30 years working in wildlife conservation, from long-term field research on wildlife and h...
December 20, 2013
NEW YORK (December 20) – SILVER BELLS, SILVERBACK -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released this stunning camera trap photo of a silverback Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) taken in Nigeria’ s Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary. Cross River gorillas are the rarest of the four gorilla subspecies – numbering fewer than 300 individuals and found only in the forested, mountainous border region of Nigeria and Cameroon. WCS conservation work at this site is supported by Save our Sp...
November 25, 2013
Study Sheds Light on Forgotten Apes
A recent study discovered that bonobos, formerly known as pygmy chimpanzees, are in danger of losing their habitats.
October 15, 2013
The 180-Pound Gorilla in the Operating Room
In the New York Times, reporter Lisa W. Foderaro covers the illness, treatment and recovery of Holli, one of the Bronx Zoo's 18 gorillas and the dominant female in her troop. The article offers a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo, a leader in conservation and zoo science. Holli's surgery and recuperation took place in the zoo’s 30,000-square-foot health center, one of the most sophisticated animal medical facilities in the country, with three wards, a nursery, an intensive care unit, molecular a...
September 16, 2013
Progress Report: Saving Amphibians in The DRC
Conservationists are working with local communities to protect the biodiversity of the Albertine Rift.
July 22, 2013
Hunting Pushing Central African Forests Toward Ecological Collapse
Loss of elephants, gorillas and other species threatens long-term persistence of forests Study by the Universities of Stirling, Oxford, Queensland, and WCS warn of imminent ecological collapse caused by unsustainable huntingand other factors NEW YORK (July 22, 2013)—Scientists from the Universities of Stirling, Oxford, Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society warn that current hunting trends in Central African forests could result in complete ecological collapse. The authors maintain ...
May 21, 2013
Conservationists Release Manual on Protecting Great Apes in Forest Concessions
NEW YORK (May 21, 2013)—A new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) highlights the plight of great apes in the forest concessions of Central Africa and recommends actions to improve protection for gorillas and chimpanzees in these mixed-used landscapes, according to authors from the Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF, IUCN, Lincoln Park Zoo and Washington University.While most conservation efforts are focused on protecting great apes and other species in Central A...
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 13, 2013
Gorillas in Crisis– Caught in the Crossfire of Conflict in the DRC
Setting the record straight about Grauer’s gorilla, potentially the most threatened gorilla in the world NEW YORK (March 13, 2013) – The world’s leading conservation organizations have joined together to fight for the survival of the Endangered Grauer’s or eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri). Found only in the mountain and mid-altitude forests of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Grauer's gorilla is not only the largest of the four gorilla subspecies ...
January 31, 2013
New Park Protects 15,000 Gorillas
Republic of Congo creates Ntokou-Pikounda National Park to safeguard thousands of great apes Park contains massive ape population discovered by WCS in 2008, and is home to hundreds of elephants and chimpanzees NEW YORK (DATE) — The Republic of Congo has declared a new national park that protects a core population of the 125,000 western lowland gorillas discovered by WCS in 2008. Called Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, the new protected area spans some 4,572 square kilometers (1...
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