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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...
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,...
April 29, 2013
Sushi for Peccaries?
First images of peccaries eating fish in Brazil’s Pantanal indicate a more varied diet for the species NEW YORK (April 29, 2013)—It turns out the white-lipped peccary—a piglike animal from Central and South America—will settle for fish when fruits (its main food) are no longer on the menu, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and partners revealing the first-ever photos of fish-eating peccaries. The images of fish consumption by white-lipped peccaries were taken by Douglas Fernandes ...
January 22, 2013
Paradise Found for Latin America’s Largest Land Mammal
Paradise Found for Latin America’s Largest Land Mammal WCS documents at least 14,500 lowland tapirs thriving in Peru and Bolivia’s Madidi-Tambopata Landscape Weighing over 650 pounds, lowland tapirs are threatened by over-hunting and habitat loss NEW YORK (January 22, 2012) —Wildlife Conservation Society scientists have documented a thriving population of lowland tapirs – the strange forest and grassland-dwelling herbivore with the trunk-like snout – living in a network of remote nat...
November 29, 2012
Photo Winner: The Rare Oncilla
A WCS camera trap snapped a photo of the rarely seen oncilla, and the BBC has recognized the photo via its annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.
November 29, 2012
WCS Photo of Rare Cat in Bolivia Wins BBC Camera Trap “New Discoveries” Competition
Photograph documents first record of an oncilla in Madidi National Park NEW YORK (November 29, 2012) — A photograph taken by Wildlife Conservation Society scientists of a little known Bolivian cat species called an oncilla has won a BBC Wildlife camera-trap photo competition. The photo, which won the New Discoveries category, documents the first-known occurrence of this extremely rare spotted cat in Madidi National Park. The Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus) occurs across the Amazon and al...
October 25, 2012
REPORT: Across Southern Africa, Illegal Hunting and Bushmeat Trade Threaten Large Regions with Ecological Collapse
Lions, cheetah, leopard, and wild dog particularly vulnerable Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states take first steps to tackle looming conservation crisis View the report>> JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (October 25, 2012) – A recent report says illegal hunting of wildlife in South African Development Community (SADC) states can lead to the eradication of many species across extensive areas a...
October 10, 2012
In the Land of the Maya, a Battle for a Vital Forest
Threats loom within Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve, a vast natural sanctuary that protects more than 5 million acres. Jaguars, pumas, monkeys, and tapirs are some of the species fighting to survive in a place jeopardized by drug cartels, illegal logging, and commercial hunting.
March 27, 2012
New Agreement Protects 80,000 Acres of Guatemala Forest
Agreement will provide education, health, economic development, and fire prevention for local people in exchange for conservation measures Forest is home to jaguars, macaws, pumas, and other wildlife WCS signs agreement with Carmelita Cooperative, local authorities, PACUNAM, and Asociación BALAM with the support of the Guatemalan National Protected Areas Council (CONAP), the Association of Forest Communities of Peten (ACOFOP), Rainforest Alliance, and Foundation Albert II of Monaco NEW YORK (Ma...
December 29, 2011
WCS Presents “State of the Maya Biosphere Reserve” To President of Guatemala
Report details efforts to conserve and protect the country’s protected area and its people NEW YORK (December 29, 2011) — In a recent ceremony in the National Palace in Guatemala City, staff of the Wildlife Conservation Society presented Álvaro Colom Caballeros, President of Guatemala, and other high-level officials with the “State of the Maya Biosphere Reserve,” a report detailing the successes of, and current threats to, the country’s largest protected area. With the assistance of ...
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