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Zoos and Aquariums Join Forces to Advance Global Goals for Protecting Wildlife and Wild Places

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has united with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its member facilities to advance the goals of the Kunnming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, which includes protecting at least 30 percent of the planet by 2030 (30x30).

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WCS Wins Award to Create New Global Pollution Mapping Tool For Coral Reefs

Researchers and experts from WCS, the University of Queensland, and CoralVita are joining together to develop a new web-based management app capable of mapping ocean water pollution almost as it happens.

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WCS Statement on Pope Francis’s Laudate Deum
New York (Oct. 4, 2023) – The Wildlife Conservations Society’s President and CEO Monica Medina issued this statement today in regards to Pope Francis’s Laudate Deum: “Pope Francis, one of the world’s most important leaders and whose voice is heard and respected by billions, has made it undeniably clear that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect nature and that climate deniers are on the wrong side of reality. He writes in his Laudate Deum issued today ...
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New York, Sept. 29, 2023 – The following statement was released today by Jim Breheny, Director of the Bronx Zoo and Executive Vice President of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Zoos and Aquarium: “A female sea lion at Central Park Zoo was able to swim out of her pool due to flooding of the plaza caused by severe rains in New York City today. Zoo staff monitored the sea lion as she explored the area before returning to the familiar surroundings of the p...
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Low Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’ Detected in Arctic Alaska Fish Species Harvested for Wild Foods

Wildlife Conservation Society scientists led an initial assessment of concentrations of “forever chemicals” in the filets of fish species harvested by Indigenous and rural residents of Arctic Alaska and described the results as “encouraging” because they were below levels of concern.

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Nouabalé-Ndoki Becomes First Certified Gorilla Friendly (TM) National Park

Republic of Congo’s Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park receives global conservation Gorilla FriendlyTM certification, which guarantees the application of best practices in all gorilla-related operations, from tourism to research, to safeguard the wellbeing of the primates and ensure active support for and from the park’s neighboring communities.

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USAID and Partners Officially Launch Project Activities to Advance the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), September 22, 2023 – The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), together with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Government of Democratic Republic of the Congo and local authorities, implementing partners and communities, held an official launch ceremony after the signing the agreement in January at the Fleuve Congo Hotel in Kinshasa, on September 22, 2023. This was an opportu...
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WCS Rehabilitates Drinking Water Boreholes in Three Communities in Nigeria’s Cross River State

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has transferred four boreholes rehabilitated under the Watershed Protection for Safe and Sustainable Water Supply activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to three communities in Cross River State. 


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New Study Shows Conservation Benefits Beyond Protected Areas

As global marine biodiversity continues to decline, efforts to curb and reverse such losses and conserve our oceans are growing. A new study helps quantify how.

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Major Conservation Alliance Launches ‘More Trees, Fewer Cows’ Initiative to Safeguard Biological and Cultural Diversity of Mesoamerica

In a joint effort to safeguard the biological and cultural diversity of the Mesoamerican region, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Re:wild, and the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB) announced the “More Trees, Fewer Cows” initiative during Climate Week New York. This unprecedented alliance aims to raise awareness and take strong action against illegal cattle ranching activities in Indigenous territories and protected areas.

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