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Op-Eds & Blogs
August 14, 2013
New Report is the First Published Study to Confirm Distemper as a Killer of Amur Tigers
Genetic testing used to verify suspected cause of disease and death Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, Primorskaya State Agricultural Academy in Russia and colleagues characterize new threat to endangered big cat New York, N.Y. – August 14, 2013 – The first-ever published study to genetically characterize canine distemper virus (CDV) in tigers confirms that CDV acts as both a direct and indirect cause of death in the endangered big cats in the Ru...
August 08, 2013
First-Ever “Sip for the Sea” To Benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium
New York, N.Y. – August 8, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society will host the first-ever Sip for the Sea, a benefit for WCS’s New York Aquarium, at WCS’s Central Park Zoo on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. All proceeds go to support the aquarium as it recovers from Hurricane Sandy. The event will feature pairings of sustainable wines from The Hess Collection, a Napa Valley wine producer, with sustainable seafood and other special offerings. Twenty of NYC’s top restaurants will participate, includi...
July 29, 2013
Sea Lion Water Ballet at WCS's Bronx Zoo
Follow @JimBreheny to get first look at the news and pictures from WCS’s zoos, aquarium, and conservation work Bronx, NY – July 29, 2013 – The attached photo was tweeted by Jim Breheny (@JimBreheny), Director of the Bronx Zoo and WCS Executive Vice President and General Director of the WCS Zoos and Aquarium. Two California sea lions are seen in an impromptu water ballet at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. All five WCS wildlife parks in New York City – Bronx Zoo, Central Park ...
June 06, 2013
Cicadas Meet Social Media in “Cicadas in My Hood”
Wildlife Conservation Society launches Instagram project for 17-year cicada emergence NEW YORK (June 6, 2013)—The Wildlife Conservation Society is launching an Instagram project, "Cicadas in My Hood," to document the current appearance of the periodical cicada in the eastern United States. In a natural phenomenon occurring in wooded areas from North Carolina to Connecticut, the periodical cicadas of “Brood II” are emerging en masse from their 17-year development underground. These cicadas a...
May 24, 2013
WCS’s New York Aquarium: Partially Reopens Saturday, May 25
WCS New York Aquarium Helps Coney Island Recover from Hurricane Sandy, Provides an Economic Stimulus to this Historic Neighborhood and Tourist DestinationCouncil Member Recchia: “Families from all over the city will benefit from the return of our beloved aquarium, as will the local economy." Coney Island, Brooklyn, May 24, 2013 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society will partially reopen the New York Aquarium to the public, this Saturday, May 25, after seven months of closure following the devasta...
May 23, 2013
Dinosaur Safari Opens at WCS’s Bronx Zoo and Takes Adventurers on a Trip Through Time
More than 20 life-like animatronic dinosaurs hide in beautifully planted foliage for a fully immersive experience Tickets available in advance at: www.bronxzoo.com/dinotix Dinosaur Safari opens at the Bronx Zoo on Saturday, May 25, Memorial Day Weekend New York, NY – May. 23, 2013 –The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo’s Dinosaur Safari opens to the public on Saturday, May 25. The exhibit includes more than 20 life-like animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which snarl, roar and spit...
May 21, 2013
Media Preview of New Dinosaur Safari at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo
Members of the media are invited to tour the new exhibit Thursday, May 23; 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.Media Arrival: 10 a.m. Bronx, NY – May 21, 2013 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is inviting media to preview this summer’s newest attraction – Dinosaur Safari – on Thursday, May 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be two special tours for media with departures at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. The exhibit opens to the public until Saturday, May 25. The ride runs through a two-acre area ...
April 05, 2013
WCS’s New York Aquarium Sets Partial Reopening for Saturday, May 25
Aquarium on Track to Help Spark Coney Island Comeback from Hurricane Sandy Coney Island, Brooklyn, April 5, 2013 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society will partially reopen the New York Aquarium on Saturday, May 25.This partial reopening will come about 7 months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the 14-acre aquarium campus, severely damaging its buildings, exhibits, and the facility’s aquatic life support systems.The partial reopening will include: Glover’s Reef (featuring the sea life ...
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 02, 2013
Breeding Birds Vulnerable to Climate Change in Arctic Alaska: A Story of Winners and Losers
WCS scientists conduct vulnerability assessment of 54 bird species Gyrfalcon and common eider likely to be “highly” vulnerable Results will help inform future research and wildlife management NEW YORK (APRIL 2, 2013) – A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) looked at the vulnerability of 54 breeding bird species to climate change impacts occurring by the year 2050 in Arctic Alaska. The assessment found that two spe...
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