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  • Discovery of New Ginger Species Spices up Wildlife SurveysDiscovery of New Ginger Species Spices up Wildlife Surveys

    March 23, 2017 – Scientists from WCS have discovered a new species of wild ginger, spicing up a wave of recent wildlife discoveries in the Kabobo Massif – a rugged, mountainous region in Democratic Republic of Congo.


  • Lack of Staffing, Funds Prevent Marine Protected Areas from Realizing Full Potential Lack of Staffing, Funds Prevent Marine Protected Areas from Realizing Full Potential

    March 22, 2017--Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff.

  • WCS and USAID Launch Uganda Biodiversity Fund to Protect Biodiversity in The Pearl of AfricaWCS and USAID Launch Uganda Biodiversity Fund to Protect Biodiversity in The Pearl of Africa

    March 22, 2017 – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has launched the Uganda Biodiversity Fund with support from USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) to help generate the resources needed to conserve Uganda’s wildlife and natural heritage.

  • Fort Peck Native American Tribes Gift Bison to WCS’s Bronx ZooFort Peck Native American Tribes Gift Bison to WCS’s Bronx Zoo

    NEW YORK – March 22, 2017 – A new herd of bison is now on exhibit at the WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo.  In November, the zoo received a gift of eight genetically pure American bison from the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes.  The seven female and one male bison are from the Yellowstone National Park bloodline, which are among the few pure herds remaining. The vast majority of present-day bison have small amounts of domestic cattle genes, a reflection of past interbreeding efforts when western ranchers tried to create a hardier breed of cattle.  The historic transfer will further the Bronx Zoo’s long history of facilitating bison conservation projects in the western U.S., and marks the first time bison have been transferred by a tribe to a zoo.


  • Coral Bleaching Ready for Crowdsourcing SolutionCoral Bleaching Ready for Crowdsourcing Solution

    March 21, 2017 – Savvy divers with just a pencil and an underwater slate can now participate in a WCS-led initiative to record coral bleaching observations around the world.  


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March 24 - Dogs Are Man’s Best Friend — But One of Wildlife’s Worst Foes

Domesticated dogs kill thousands of wild animals every month. It’s time to rethink how we manage dog populations globally and promote policies that would humanely reduce their impact on wildlife.

March 9 - Heart of Africa Expedition Positions for Final Trek: Lions Observed From UltraLite

WCS's Michael Fay is in the Central African Republic, completing an expedition he started in 2014, retracing the footsteps of the 19th Century American Game Hunter-Explorer William Stamps Cherry.

March 4 - This World Wildlife Day, Keep Wildlife Off the Menu

The commercial drive to maximize fish catch for consumption has severely depleted fish populations worldwide. We think of fish as food, a commodity. Very few of us think of fish as wildlife.


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The Wonders of the WCS NY Aquarium: An Ongoing Picture Blog

January 20, 2017

The above photo, taken on an overcast day in January, shows the structural steel in place for supporting the future Shimmer Wall. Adjustments and modifications are in the process of being made before cabling is installed to hold the 33,000 aluminum panels that will be the most prominent feature of the building's facade. Credit: NYA OWS Site Camera January 18, 2017

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