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News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
WCS in the News
Op-Eds, Blogs & Podcasts
| May 14, 2021
Conserving Our Pristine Waters Is a Global Effort
by William Hana
In a new blog for PBS Nature to recognize Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, WCS's William Hana notes with pride how he is "working to protect marine biodiversity by sharing my knowledge and passion with our visitors."
| May 13, 2021
Advancing Shark and Ray Conservation in Mozambique
by Jorge Sitoe, Hugo Costa, Rhett Bennett, Dave van Beuningen, and Stela Fernando
Surveying shark and ray conservation in Mozambique, our marine team notes that one key innovation to the new Maritime Fisheries Regulation allows artisanal fishers to co-manage areas to ensure the sustainable use and management of existing coastal and marine resources.
This Podcast Will Kill You
| May 11, 2021
Conservation and Pandemics
by Christian Walzer
Why is protecting biodiversity synonymous with protecting our own health? If spillover events themselves are inevitable, how can we limit the likelihood that they will become epidemics or pandemics? Hear WCS Exec Director for Health Chris Walzer's thoughts on these and other important questions in the latest episode of This Podcast Will Kill You.
| May 10, 2021
Kindness to Nature Is an Act of Kindness to Us All
by Akchousanh Rasphone
WCS's Akchousanh Rasphone describes her work and career as a conservationist in Lao PDR in the 2nd of WCS's multi-part series with PBS Nature celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage during the month of May.
| May 6, 2021
Finding Happiness and Place through Wildlife and Nature
by Melanie Lumba
In this first piece in a WCS series with PBS Nature for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Melanie Lumba writes, "What I’ve learned over the past 20 years is that zoos are the perfect place for families to fall in love with wildlife and nature, and to excite people to want to protect them."
Living on Earth Podcast
| Apr 30, 2021
Getting Bushmeat Off the Table
by Robert Mwinyihali, Michelle Wieland
As the demand for forest bushmeat in the Congo Basin is threatening food sources for indigenous communities and endangered wildlife, the DRC government is encouraging people in cities to cook with protein alternatives that don't harm the region's biodiversity.
| Apr 21, 2021
Species Snapshot: The El Rincon Stream Frog Is in Hot Water
by Federico Kacoliris
In a post for The Revelator, Federico Kacoliris of the Conservation Leadership Program describes how Invasive predators have cornered these endangered Patagonian frogs in the last remnant of their habitat.
| Apr 20, 2021
Global Ambition for a 30x30 Protection Target
by Madhu Rao
Protected and Conserved Areas have a critically important role as we emerge from the global pandemic and seek to recalibrate humanity’s relationship with nature, by securing biodiversity, reversing degradation, and restoring natural ecosystems.
The Economist/Babbage Podcast
| Apr 14, 2021
Origin Story—Where Did SARS-CoV-2 Come From?
by Amanda Fine
For The Economist's "Babbage" podcast on the science and technology making the news, WCS's Amanda Fine joins health policy editor Natasha Loder to discuss the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
| Apr 14, 2021
Time for Governments to Take Biodiversity Loss as Seriously as Climate Change
by Janice Weatherley-Singh
Together with climate change, the world is also facing a biodiversity crisis, which captured less attention. But efforts made by governments to tackle the climate crisis show that action is possible when there is sufficient political will.
Science Rules! with Bill Nye
| Apr 13, 2021
Coronavirus: Do Cry Over Spillovers
by Christian Walzer
We have not co-evolved with the species you find at new interfaces between people and wildlife, WCS's Christian Walzer tells Bill Nye on his popular podcast Science Rules! as they take a deep dive into pandemic spillover and how to prevent it.
| Apr 11, 2021
To Confront the U.S. Border Crisis, Save Central America's Forests
by Jeremy Radachowsky
In a new commentary for Scientific American, WCS’s Jeremy Radachowsky argues that climate change and other environmental threats are destabilizing Central America and helping drive mass northward migration
| Apr 7, 2021
Species Snapshot: The Asian Small-Clawed Otter — A Victim of the Pet Trade
by Muntasir Akash
In a post for The Revelator, Conservation Leadership Program participant Muntasir Akash describes how a vulnerable, fish-eating small carnivore that lives in stream-fed forests of northeastern Bangladesh and other countries faces increasing threats.
| Apr 1, 2021
Qikiqtagruk: Almost an Island
by Lauren E. Oakes
WCS's Lauren Oakes listens to three generations of an Iñupiat family in Kotzebue, Alaska discuss the transformations and losses in their community that have resulted from climate change and COVID-19.
| Mar 31, 2021
New decisions by global conservation group bolster efforts to save Africa’s elephants
by Fiona Maisels, Robin Whytock
In a new commentary for The Conversation, WCS's Fiona Maisels writes that two big decisions have been made in the last few weeks in relation to African elephants that will have major implications for the survival of the giant mammals.
| Mar 30, 2021
Flying to Save Africa’s Wildlife
by Soqui Mendiguetti Petraglia
In a Women's History Month blog for PBS Nature, WCS's lone female aviator, Soqui Mendiguetti Petraglia, describes her experience surveying the world's second biggest land mammal migration in South Sudan as "like flying over a moving carpet of wildlife."
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