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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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Central Park Zoo Releases Postmortem Testing Results for Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle Owl
New York, March 25, 2024 – The following statement was released today by Central Park Zoo: Postmortem testing has been completed for Flaco, the Eurasian eagle owl that was found down in the courtyard of a Manhattan building a little over a year after his enclosure at the Central Park Zoo was vandalized on February 2, 2023. Onlookers reported that Flaco had flown into a building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on February 23, 2024, and acute trauma was found at necropsy. Bronx Zoo...
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Stacy Jupiter Announced to Lead WCS Marine Conservation
New York, March 25, 2024 – The following announcement was released today by Joe Walston, Executive Vice President of WCS Global: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Stacy Jupiter to lead WCS Marine Conservation. Stacy is currently WCS Regional Director for the Melanesia program and was the outstanding candidate after a long and thorough global recruitment effort. “Stacy, who has been with WCS since 2008, is a globally recognized marine scientist and conserv...
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US House Foreign Affairs Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill for Global Conservation
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2024—As the US House Foreign Affairs Committee today moved forward out of committee legislation that includes the US Foundation for International Conservation Act (USFICA), WCS released the following statement by Executive Vice President for Public Affairs John Calvelli: “The Wildlife Conservation Society applauds House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Michael Thomas McCaul and Ranking Member Gregory W. Meeks for their leadership in advancing the U.S. Fo...
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Conservation Value of Field Research Stations Greatly Misunderstood and Underfunded According to 173 Conservation Scientists in New Study
Bronx, NY, March 19 – Funding of field conservation research stations worldwide has been drastically reduced since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, raising the alarm for more than 170 conservation researchers representing 157 field stations in 56 countries in a new paper published in Conservation Letters. The authors contend that field research stations have a high return on investment and are essential and highly effective tools for biodiversity conservation. Trillions...
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Central Park Zoo Photo and Video Release
New York, March 15, 2024 — Two lambs are debuting at the Central Park Zoo, Bobbin and Sage. Born this winter, Bobbin, 7 weeks old; and Sage, 3 weeks old have joined a flock of 8 adult sheep in the Tisch Children’s Zoo. Bobbin and Sage are harlequin sheep, a new breed for Central Park Zoo since 2022. Harlequin sheep were developed in Virginia about 40 years ago through crossbreeding eight different breeds to produce a hardy, docile, miniature polled...
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Windhoek, Namibia, March 8, 2024 -- The SMART Partnership is pleased to announce the inaugural SMART Global Congress in Windhoek, Namibia from 10-14 March 2024. Established in 2011, the SMART Partnership is the global leader in conservation area management solutions, offering an integrated suite of powerful tools and services to help conservation practitioners improve management effectiveness and better protect wildlife. The partnership includes: Frankfurt Zoological Society, North Carolina Z...
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16th Annual WCS Run For The Wild to Protect Iconic Snow Leopards & Other Wildlife
BRONX, N.Y. — March 7, 2024 — You probably can’t outrun a snow leopard, but you may be able to help protect them at the 16th annual WCS Run For The Wild 5K run and 3K family fun run/walk on Saturday, April 27, at the Bronx Zoo. Each year, more than 5,000 runners, walkers, and wildlife supporters participate and help raise awareness of the threats facing wildlife while fundraising to support the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) conservation work at the Bronx Zoo an...
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NASA Space Technology and Google Earth Engine Computing Power Are Helping to Save Tigers
New York, Feb. 27, 2024, 10AM ET -- In an unusual blend of space technology, and on-the-ground data gathering, NASA satellite imagery and Google Earth Engine computing power are helping scientists develop a real-time monitoring system for tiger habitat globally. The program, referred to as “TCL 3.0” focuses on the remaining distinct continuous tracts of habitat where tigers still occur (referred to as Tiger Conservation Landscapes, or TCLs), and represents th...
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Arcadia Supports Critical Landscapes and Seascapes
New York, February 26, 2024 – An $8 million grant from Arcadia to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will provide transformative support to some of the world’s most important landscapes and seascapes. This renewed commitment to WCS underscores the importance of Nature’s Strongholds as the world’s most important places to deliver on biodiversity, people, and climate action. WCS's approach to identifying Nature’s Strongholds is strategically designed aroun...
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