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New York State, City and Bronx Borough Officials Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Bronx Zoo
Caption: New York State, City, and Bronx Borough officials and students from New York City PS 205 join the 125th birthday celebration of the Bronx Zoo. Adults pictured from left to right: John Calvelli WCS EVP of Public Affairs; New York State Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado; Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson; New York City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Laurie Cumbo; New York City Council Member Rafael Salamanca; and Jim Breheny, Director of the Bronx Zoo Credit: Bronx Zoo Bronx,...
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WCS Joins Indigenous Rights Groups to Support Indigenous Youth Voices at 23rd Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
NEW YORK, NY, April 18, 2024—The following statement was released jointly on April 16, by the Inclusive Conservation Academy (ICA), Programme Intégré pour le Développement du Peuple Pygmée au Kivu (PIDP), Securing Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the Green Economy Coalition (SIRGE Coalition), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) at the 23rd Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Chair, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Indigenous Brothers and Sisters, ...
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WCS Joins African Leaders’ Initiative to Protect Climate-Critical Miombo Woodlands
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 17, 2024—The following statement was issued on behalf of WCS's Luthando Dziba: Miombo woodlands are the world’s expansive dryland forest, spanning over 1.9 million km2 across more than eight countries within the greater Zambezi Basin. This extensive area plays a crucial role in global climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable development efforts. More than 250 million people live in Miombo areas, and the v...
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Temperatures Are Off The Charts: World Is Experiencing Its Fourth Global Coral Bleaching Event
New York, April 15, 2024 -- News released today by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) confirms what WCS scientists have been observing in the field for months: The world is experiencing its fourth global coral bleaching event, the second in the last 10 years. Read the NOAA/ICRI news release here. Bleaching-level heat stress, caused by prolonged increases in superheated ocean temperatures, is predicted to be extensive ...
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New Study Confirms FSC-Certified Forests Help Wildlife Thrive in the Congo Basin
New York, NY, 10 April 2024 — a new study reveals compelling evidence that forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) in Gabon and the Republic of Congo harbour a higher abundance of larger mammals and critically endangered species, such as gorillas and elephants, compared to non-FSC certified forests. The research was led by Utrecht University with support from WWF and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and was published in Nature on 10 April 2024. It un...
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Mongolia’s Dzud Is a Severe Winter Weather Disaster Affecting People and Wildlife
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – As highlighted by both national and international media, a severe winter weather disaster—the phenomenon known as a ‘dzud’—during the 2023-2024 winter has presented unprecedented challenges for the people of Mongolia. Wildlife is also experiencing dzud, however much less information is available on impact and trends. Recent reports by Mongolia’s Emergency Management Agency indicate the loss of over 5.2 million livestock animals by March...
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First Time Ever Observed: The Nesting of a Reintroduced Critically Endangered Siamese Crocodile
Greater Xe Champhone Wetland Complex, Lao PDR,  April 4, 2024 – A new research paper in the Journal of Threatened Taxa has confirmed for the first time the nesting of a reintroduced female Siamese crocodile. Two hatchlings resulted from the nesting, and they are now being head-started, raised by conservationists in captivity until they are old enough to be successfully released into the wild.  The paper can be found here. Steven G. Platt, a herpetologist with the Wildlife C...
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BRONX ZOO MEDIA ADVISORY:  Bronx Zoo Marks 125 Years with Opening of Animal Chronicles Exhibit and Birthday Celebration
Bronx, NY, April 4, 2024 – The Bronx Zoo, celebrating 125 years in 2024, has set a 125th birthday celebration on April 18th with the opening of Animal Chronicles, an immersive new exhibit that leads visitors through a quarter-mile ADA-accessible walking trail that includes 68 eco-sculptures displayed across 13 scenes. Each scene tells the tale of how the zoo became a leader in caring for animals, saving endangered species, designing exhibits that connect people to nature, and protecting wi...
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Prioritizing Tiger Conservation: Tiger Conservation Coalition Holds Virtual Press Briefing on Purpose and Goals Of The Sustainable Finance for Tiger Landscapes Conference in Bhutan
Paro, Bhutan, April 1, 2024 – The Tiger Conservation Coalition invites you to a virtual press briefing in advance of the Sustainable Finance for Tiger Landscapes Conference to be held here, April 22 and 23 under the patronage of Her Majesty The Queen, Jetsun Pema Wangchuck. The two-day summit will bring tiger range countries together with visionary private and public sector donors, international development agencies, and tiger conservation NGOs to discuss new and innovative funding streams...
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New York, March 28, 2024 -- Monica Medina will step down from her role as President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society based in New York City, effective April 2, 2024, and will continue to serve as Special Advisor to the Board of Trustees through June 1, 2024, as a search begins for her successor. “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Monica for her leadership and dedication to our conservation efforts around the world,” said WCS Board Chair Alejandro Santo Domin...
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