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Bronx, NY – Feb. 2, 2024 – The WCS 8th Annual Youth JIVE event is geared towards youth ages 14-26 and encourages local youth to attend and learn more about employment and volunteer opportunities across the WCS Zoos and Aquarium in New York City. The 8th Annual Youth JIVE returns on Saturday, February 3, 2024, and it will take place in Schiff Family Great Hall at the Bronx Zoo. The event will run from 11:00am to 1:00pm for those ages 16-26, where they will meet with hiring man...
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Climate Change Threatens Older Elephants Most, Jeopardizing African Elephants’ Future
AMHERST, Mass, January 31, 2023 – A collaborative team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which runs the world’s largest field conservation program, has conducted first-of-its kind research into how global climate change affects African elephants. The work, published recently in PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, shows that older elephants will have markedly decreased chances of survival, which will not only d...
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Update on Status of Prospect Park Zoo Following the September 2023 Extreme Flooding in Brooklyn
Update on Jan. 31, 2024 News Release on Prospect Park Zoo: The Biden Administration on Jan. 31, 2024, approved a New York Disaster Declaration and ordered federal assistance for local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the severe storms and flooding in late September, 2023. This funding follows a request in November, 2023, from NY State Governor Kathy Hochul to the federal government requesting this assistance. Support for Prospect Park Zoo restoration was included in ...
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Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Celebrates 30 Years, as 2023 Marked First Year Without Any Elephant Poaching Detected
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo, January 31, 2024 – The 30th Anniversary of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park commemorates conservation achievements, despite increasing pressures. On this occasion, the Park ramps up tourism-oriented efforts with the unveiling of its new official website – – and marks this celebration with a special video. Republic of Congo’s Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park commemorates 30 years of conservation, science and local community deve...
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Bronx Zoo Re-Joins Zoo and Aquarium Efforts to Breed Endangered Sunda Gharial
Bronx, NY, January 26, 2024 – Visitors to the Bronx Zoo can view three newly acquired Sunda gharial in the World of Reptiles. The three male siblings, about five years old, that were hatched at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans will be raised at the Bronx Zoo to support the propagation efforts of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Sunda Gharial Species Survival Plan (SSP). The Bronx Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to successfully hatch the Sunda gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii...
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New Paper: Highly Productive Marine Areas Are Essential to Future Conservation Efforts That Can Help Achieve 30x30
New York, January 19, 2024 – Scientists are providing in a new research paper an analysis of highly productive marine areas to help the world achieve the protection of at least 30 percent of the planet by 2030. The parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity agreed to this worldwide goal upon the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Biological Diversity Framework in 2022. The multifaceted contribution of highly productive marine areas, which enable biodiversity, su...
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Forget Flowers — Celebrate Valentine's Day with ‘Name-a-Roach’ from the Bronx Zoo
BRONX, N.Y. — Jan. 17, 2024 — Roses are red, violets are blue; celebrate love with help from the Bronx Zoo. The popular Name-a-Roach program returns for a 13th year, allowing donors to symbolically name a Bronx Zoo Madagascar hissing cockroach for their Valentine … or ex-Valentine. The cockroaches are located in the Madagascar! Exhibit at the Bronx Zoo.  Flowers wilt and chocolates melt, but cockroaches last forever. For a $15 donation, your Valentine will receive a...
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Urgent Message from WCS as the Avian Influenza Virus Threatens Wildlife Across the Globe
New York, January 15, 2024 – The Wildlife Conservation Society is issuing the following statement about H5N1 Avian Influenza due to ongoing wildlife die-offs across the world: Said Dr. Chris Walzer, WCS Executive Director of Health: “With the frightening die-off of animals across the globe due to avian influenza, WCS is calling for governments internationally to treat this growing crisis with the urgency it demands. As we continue to monitor the death of innumerable species and...
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The WCS Bronx Zoo Turns 125 This Year — Join the Celebration
BRONX, NY, Jan 9, 2024—Before the Empire State Building was constructed, before the first New York City subway ride, before the New York Yankees were a team, there was the Bronx Zoo (formally, the New York Zoological Park). The iconic New York institution first opened its doors in 1899 and celebrates its 125th birthday, Nov. 8, throughout 2024. Over the past century plus, the Bronx Zoo has become a cultural and education leader, a conservation giant, and a gateway to nature, for more th...
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One of the World’s Most Iconic Lowland Gorillas, Kingo, of the Republic of Congo, Has Died of Old Age
Djéké Triangle Forest, Republic of Congo, January 6, 2023 – One of the world’s most iconic lowland gorillas, Kingo, who was featured in international news media and inspired three decades of conservation, was found dead on Dec. 26, 2023. Lowland gorillas are listed as Critically Endangered by IUCN. Kingo's age is estimated to be 45 years. The cause of his death is believed to be age-related complications. Kingo gained his international fame after being featured in re...
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