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‘Tis the Season:  Bronx Zoo’s Holiday Lights Returns  With New Displays and Experiences for 2022
Bronx, NY – Oct. 28, 2022 – The opening of Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo marks the unofficial start to the New York City holiday season. The family-favorite tradition opens to the public on Friday, November 18 and will run on select dates through Jan. 8. Holiday Lights is a fully outdoor experience. The six lantern trails have been reimagined and more than 70 new lanterns/30 new species have been added for 2022. In all, there are more than 360 wildlife-themed lanterns representi...
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The Case of Latin America’s Mysterious Disappearing (and Reappearing) White-Lipped Peccaries

A collaborative study published in PLOS ONE,  documents the periodic disappearance (and reappearance) of white-lipped peccaries in nine countries in South and Central America.

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Underwater Camera Trap Video Confirms 1,100-Mile (1800-km) Swim of Tagged Great White Shark

Research led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Instituto Oceanográfico de Moçambique (InOM), using baited remote underwater video (BRUV) surveys to assess sharks and rays off southern Mozambique, has recently recorded a tagged young white shark matched to an earlier record of the same individual in a BRUV survey off Struisbaai, in South Africa, in May 2022.

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Beyond Humans – Mammal Combat in Extreme Environs

A new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Colorado State University, and the National Park Service indicates previously unknown high altitude contests between two of America’s most sensational mammals – mountain goats and bighorn sheep – over access to minerals previously unavailable due to the past presence of glaciers which, now, are vanishing due to global warming. 

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STUDY: Lagoons from the Arctic’s “Forgotten Coast” Teem with Fish and Birds, Vulnerable to Climate Change and Human Development

A new scientific review article led by WCS captures the unique and dynamic characteristics of coastal lagoon ecosystems in the Arctic Beringia Region, and discusses how climate change effects and human development could alter these habitats.

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WCS EU has issued the following statement from Dr. Janice Weatherley-Singh, Director, EU Strategic Relations:

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Bronx Zoo Sends 36 Rote Island Snake-Necked Turtles to Singapore Zoo As Breeding Program Reaches Important Milestone
Bronx, NY – Sept. 27, 2022 – The Bronx Zoo is working with other zoos and partners toward a major milestone in the conservation of the Rote Island (pronounced RO-tee) snake-necked turtle (Chelodina mccordi). Thirty-six zoo-bred turtles left the Bronx Zoo today bound for Mandai Wildlife Group’s Singapore Zoo as part of a collaboration that will eventually introduce the animals to their native range in Indonesia where the species is functionally extinct. The spe...
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Robert G. “Robb” Menzi to Serve as WCS Interim President and CEO
New York, Sept. 27, 2022 – Robert G. “Robb” Menzi will serve as the Interim President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, starting October 8, 2022. Menzi, the current WCS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will take on this new role as the WCS Board of Trustees conducts a search to fill the position following Cristián Samper stepping down to join the Bezos Earth Fund. Menzi, with extensive experience in conservation, business management, and inte...
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Coffee with the Giant South American River Turtle (English, Portuguese, and Spanish)

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will livestream on Sept. 27, 28, and 29th (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) a great wonder of nature, from a river along the border between Brazil and Bolivia as thousands of giant South American river turtles (Podocnemis expansa) gather on sandbanks to lay hundreds of thousands of eggs.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Intensifies Efforts to Protect the World’s Ocean
Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced it is expanding its commitment to protect the ocean, coastal communities and marine ecosystems. The Bloomberg Ocean Initiative will invest $204 million to leverage data-driven solutions, policy solutions, and community involvement to protect coral reefs, stop illegal fishing, and safeguard marine ecosystems and biodiversity that are at risk from the growing impacts of climate change. Today’s commitment builds on Bloomberg’s efforts to fight c...
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