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Sustainable Financing of Conservation Just Got a Major Boost
New York (October 5, 2017) - The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) announced today that the French Facility for Global Environment / Fonds Français pour l'Environnement Mondial (FFEM) and the MAVA Foundation have jointly awarded 701,114 Euros (822,315 USD) to support CFA.

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New Technology Transforms Protected Area Management
October 5, 2017 -- Efforts to combat poaching of wildlife in Asia, Africa and Latin America have just gotten smarter with the release of a powerful new extension to the widely adopted Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) from the SMART Partnership.

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Legislation to Weaken the ESA will Undermine Efforts to Stop Trafficking and Protect Wildlife
WASHINGTON (October 5, 2017) – New harmful efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives would greatly diminish the Endangered Species Act, spelling disaster for many species.

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Bronx Zoo Debuts Gelada Baby

Bronx, NY – Oct. 4, 2017 – A baby gelada (Theropithecus gelada) has made its public debut at the Bronx Zoo.   The Bronx Zoo is the only zoo in the U.S. breeding geladas and is one of only two that exhibit the species. The baby was born on August 30. At only four weeks old, the infant is still clinging to mom and drawing a lot of attention from the rest of the family unit. Altogether, the group is made up of one adult male, three adult females, two juveniles, and the baby.

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Leopard Confirmed by Remote Camera Monitoring in Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve
CALABAR, Nigeria (October 2, 2017) – Camera traps set up by researchers from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) in the forests of Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve have captured images of a leopard, an elusive big cat thought to be locally extinct in the  region.

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Fifty Globally Vulnerable Sarus Crane Chicks Successfully Hatch in Northern Plains of Cambodia
Preah Vihear (October 02, 2017) – Fifty globally Vulnerable sarus crane chicks hatched from 27 nests protected by conservationists of Ministry of Environment, WCS, and local communities in the Northern Plains of Cambodia, giving hope for the conservation of the species.

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Congressional Efforts to Open up Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Would Despoil One of America’s Most Pristine Places

WASHINGTON (September 29, 2017) – Allowing oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would be an unnecessary and harmful despoiling of a place of great natural value to wildlife, to the people who rely on this land, and for the American public – both now and in the future.

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Slender-Horned Gazelles Get a New Home at WCS’s Bronx Zoo

Bronx, NY – Sept. 29, 2017 - The Bronx Zoo has a long, successful history working with and breeding slender-horned gazelles (Gazella leptoceros), and their new home is sure to make this beautiful gazelle a highlight of the zoo’s African Plains exhibit. 

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5th Annual Sip for the Sea Event to Benefit the New York Aquarium

New York – Sept. 28, 2017 – Twenty-three of New York City's best chefs paired their food with great wine from Bonterra Organic Vineyards at Sip for the Sea 2017 to benefit the WCS’s New York Aquarium. Hundreds attended the event, which raised awareness about the importance of sustainable seafood.  All proceeds will support the New York Aquarium and WCS’s commitment to marine conservation locally and around the world. Chefs from the following restaurants participated in Sip for the Sea 2017: Almond; Amali; Atera; Bowery Meat Company; Burger and Lobster; Crave Fishbar; Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse; Delaware and Hudson; ESCA; Kitchen 21; L&W Oyster Co; Luke’s Lobster; Matro’s Steakhouse Manhattan; Perrine; Pier A Harbor House; Searmore’s; Shuka; Tavern on the Green; Thalassa Restaurant; Tocqueville Restaurant; The Tuck Room; Chef Hugo Uys for ROAR Africa.

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John F. Calvelli Elected Chair of The Cultural Institutions Group in New York City
Sept. 28, 2017 -- John F. Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the Wildlife Conservation Society, has been elected as Chair of The Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) in New York City.

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