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WCS Applauds Senate Introduction of the Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON (May 3, 2017) – WCS applauds the Senate introduction of legislation to reauthorize the Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA), ensuring the continuance of a highly successful and cost-effective mechanism to conserve some of the world’s most biodiverse places. 

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WCS STUDY: Some – But Not All – Corals Adapting to Warming Climate

May 2, 2017 – A new WCS study reveals evidence that some corals are adapting to warming ocean waters potentially good news in the face of recent reports of global coral die offs due to extreme warm temperatures in 2016. The study appears in the latest issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.

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VOTE NOW: New York Aquarium Mural Contest Finalists Announced

Coney Island, NY – May 2, 2017 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium’s contest to design the new Education Hall mural along the Coney Island Boardwalk has moved on to the final public voting phase. The aquarium asked local artists and art schools to submit designs that would raise awareness about the devastating effect of ocean plastics – the theme of this year’s World Oceans Day.

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Bronx Zoo Holds 9th Annual WCS Run for the Wild

Bronx, N.Y. – April 29, 2017 – More than 5,200 ran, jogged, and walked through the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in support of wildlife conservation at the 9th annual WCS Run for the Wild. The first to finish the 5k run Tim Campbell from Merrick, NY who finished with a time of 17:03. The top three women and top three men finishers were...

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WCS Alarmed by Executive Order that Could Expose Fragile Offshore Areas to Oil and Gas Drilling and Seismic Impacts

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2017) – WCS raised concerns with the new executive order that could withdraw protections for offshore areas from future oil and gas development, including the Hudson Canyon off the coast of New York. 

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Categories: Marine

WCS Statement on Rerouted Nigeria Superhighway

April 27, 2017 – The following statement is from John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs:

“We did it.  The superhighway has been rerouted and wildlife saved.”

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Bronx Zoo Opens Eastern Hellbender Exhibit
BRONX, NEW YORK – April 26, 2017 – Since 2009, staff at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo has been working behind the scenes to save the Eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis). Now, this elusive salamander can be seen in a new exhibit in the zoo’s historic Reptile House.

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Photos and Quotes from WCS on Earth Day 2017/ March for Science

New York, April 22, 2017, Earth Day -- The following quotes are from Wildlife Conservation Society scientists from around the globe -- from New York City, to Russia. WCS colleagues and advocates joined marches on six continents to celebrate the contribution of science to saving wildlife.

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Bronx Zoo Welcomes Four Père David’s Deer Fawns

BRONX, NEW YORK – April 21, 2017

– The herd of Père David's deer (Elaphurus davidianus) at the WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo just got a little larger. Four fawns were born in April and are on exhibit with the herd. 

The Père David's deer might seem somewhat unassuming, but the species has some adaptations unlike any other deer. They have long tails, branch-like antlers, and splayed hooves that would indicate that they are adapted to live in a marsh-like environment, but no one knows for sure how the species evolved or the environment it once lived in the wild. 

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Science Is Core To Saving Wildlife

The following statement was issued today by Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO Cristian Samper on the importance of science to wildlife conservation:

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