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Two Andean Bear Cubs Emerge from Den And Make Public Debut at Queens Zoo
Queens, NY – December 14, 2021 – Two Andean bear cubs (Tremarctos ornatus) born at the Queens Zoo are making their public debut. The cubs, a male and a female, have yet to be named. They were born this summer to dam, Nicole, and sire, Bouba. This is the third successful litter for Nicole and Bouba, who have now produced five offspring. After spending their first months in a den nursing and bonding with their mother, the cubs have now started to venture into the zoo’s outd...
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WCS-Supported Marine Protected Areas in Kenya and Cuba Awarded Blue Park Status

Two WCS-supported Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – Cuba’s Parque Nacional Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) and Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park in Kenya – have been designated as Blue Parks, a prestigious recognition for their global importance, as well as the exceptional quality of the science-based conservation and management standards in place to protect them. 

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Biodiversity Research Institute Announces Publication of New Scientific Paper on the Benefits of Savanna Fire Management in Africa

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Soils for the Future, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) announces the publication of the scientific paper Savanna fire management can generate enough carbon revenue to help restore Africa’s rangelands and fill Protected Area funding gaps in the December issue of the journal One Earth.

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A First for the Bronx! 6 Komodo Dragons Hatch at Bronx Zoo
Bronx, NY – December 9, 2021 – Six Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) have hatched at the Bronx Zoo, the first time this species has successfully bred in the 122-year history of the zoo. The successful breeding is the result of years of work by the zoo’s Herpetology Department staff.  Keepers have to carefully monitor the adult Komodos when they are paired for mating as courtship behaviors can sometimes become aggressive. After a successful introduction, the pair o...
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WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Awards $2.65M in 11 New Grants to Nonprofits Furthering Innovation, Evidence-Based Learning, and Mainstreaming in Climate Adaptation

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced 11 new grants to conservation nonprofit organizations implementing innovative approaches or mainstreaming methods for helping wildlife, ecosystems, and the people who depend on them adapt to climate change.

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WCS Awarded $60 Million by the Bezos Earth Fund to Advance Conservation in the Congo Basin and the Andes-Amazon (English, Spanish, and French)
New York, Dec. 6, 2021 – The Wildlife Conservation Society is scaling up conservation efforts in the Congo Basin and Andean-Amazon countries, with $60 million in support from the Bezos Earth Fund to work in partnership with governments, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) and other organizations.  The Earth Fund announced $20 million for WCS’s efforts in the Andes-Amazon and $40 million for WCS’s efforts in the Congo Basin to support the cons...
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WCS Statement on the World Health Assembly’s Agreement to Launch Global Accord on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response

A WCS Statement on the consensus decision from the World Health Assembly, which agreed to launch a global process to draft a treaty to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

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News from WCS Cambodia: 51 Critically Endangered Royal Turtles Released into Sre Ambel River System

The European Union (EU), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the Fisheries Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, today released 51 critically endangered Royal Turtles into the Sre Ambel River system in Chamkar Luong commune, Kampong Seila district of Preah Sihanouk Province.

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Scientists Find SARS CoV-2-Related Coronaviruses in Cambodian Bats from 2010

A team of scientists have identified coronaviruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2 from two bats sampled in Cambodia more than a decade ago.

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Coquerel’s Sifaka Baby Makes Debut at Bronx Zoo
Bronx, NY – Nov 23, 2021 – A Coquerel’s sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) born at the Bronx Zoo has made its public debut. The birth is the result of the hard work and husbandry expertise of the Bronx Zoo’s keepers and will be featured on this week’s episode of Animal Planet’s THE ZOO. The story follows the adult sifakas as they introduced for the first time in hopes that they will eventually mate. The baby is a male and was born over the summer. The Bron...
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