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WORLD OCEANS DAY NEWS:  Preserving Ocean Health is Vital for Human Health,  Says Researchers Publishing in The Lancet

In conjunction with World Oceans Day on June 8th, esteemed researchers from institutions worldwide have published a compelling paper in the prestigious journal The Lancet, affirming that human health depends on thriving oceans.

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Due to the rising air quality index, and out of concern for our staff, visitors, and animals, the WCS parks -- Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, -- closed at 3pm today. 

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To Prevent Future Pandemics, Leave Bats Alone

A new paper in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health makes the case that pandemic prevention requires a global taboo whereby humanity agrees to leave bats alone—to let them have the habitats they need, undisturbed.

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Leading Global NGOs Launch SCeNe Coalition to Deliver Nature-based Climate Solutions in Southeast Asia

Eight globally recognized environmental and conservation non-profit organizations launched the Southeast Asia Climate and Nature-based Solutions Coalition (SCeNe Coalition) during Ecosperity Week, taking place in Singapore 6-8 June 2023.

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WCS Welcomes Monica Medina
New York (June 1, 2023) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) welcomes Monica P. Medina, the first diplomat in the U.S. designated to advocate for global biodiversity, as she begins her tenure as WCS’s new President and CEO. Medina will work to further the WCS mission to save wildlife and wild places, harnessing the power of its four zoos and an aquarium in New York City, and Global Conservation Programs in nearly 60 countries. Medina has a long and accomplished career in...
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WCS Offers Condolences for Two Fallen Ecoguards
New York, May 23, 2023 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society mourns the loss of two WCS ecoguards this month, Alain Lukinga of Democratic Republic of Congo and Clement Ayang of Northern Cameroon. WCS and Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) authority are deeply saddened by the death of ecoguard Mr. Alain LUKINGA, born in Kakongya on June 12, 1989, who sacrificed his life on May 10, 2023, for the protection of KBNP in an armed confrontation at Cibumbiro in South Kivu, DRC. Alain was part of a grou...
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PRESS PREVIEW - BUDGIE LANDING to Open at Bronx Zoo for Memorial Day Weekend
BRONX, NY – May 23, 2023 – A new experience is opening at the Bronx Zoo Memorial Day weekend. Budgie Landing is an immersive walkthrough exhibit that includes more than 1000 colorful budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus), commonly known as budgies. Members of the media are invited to preview the Budgie Landing experience along with Bronx Zoo members 11a-3p on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26. The exhibit will officially open to the public on Saturday, May 27 – just in tim...
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“Forest to Table”: a Focus on Bushmeat in Central Africa in Nat Geo Latest Issue

The June 2023 issue of National Geographic devotes 24 pages to the complex issue of bushmeat consumption in the Congo Basin, and highlights WCS initiatives that address the worrying threat of the soaring urban demand for wild protein.

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Conservationists Propose “Global Conservation Basic Income”  To Safeguard Biodiversity

Publishing in the journal Nature Sustainability, a team of conservationists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society say that providing a “Conservation Basic Income” (CBI) – of $5.50 per day to all residents of protected areas in low- and middle-income countries would cost less than annual subsidies given to fossil fuels and other environmentally harmful industries.

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First-Ever A.I. Algorithm Correctly Estimates Fish Stocks

For the first time, a newly published artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm is allowing researchers to quickly and accurately estimate coastal fish stocks without ever entering the water.

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