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Veteran’s Day Weekend Will Mark the Start of This Year’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit Military Families

Bronx, NY – November 3, 2016 ––– On Thursday, Nov. 10, Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene will join officials from WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo to kick-off Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s annual holiday toy drive to benefit Bronx military families. In honor of Veteran’s Day weekend and the start of the holiday season, school children from PS 205 will be on hand to donate the first toys of the year.

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After a Long Demise Due to Poaching, Virunga’s Hippos Climbing Back
November 3, 2016—Recent surveys for hippos in Virunga National Park—the oldest protected area in Africa—have found that the beleaguered behemoths are finally recovering from decades of poaching and habitat loss in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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 Zoological Society of London Honors WCS’s Dr. John Robinson with Its Lifetime Achievement Award
November 1, 2016 -- The ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Awards Committee has presented the ZSL Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. John Robinson, Executive Vice President of Conservation and Science at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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Jason Patlis Hired as Executive Director of WCS Marine Conservation Program
Bronx, NY (November 1, 2016) – Jason Patlis, a leading marine policy expert, has been hired to head the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Marine Conservation Program, which has projects in more than 20 countries around the globe.

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WCS Applauds International Agreement to Conserve Antarctica’s Ross Sea
NEW YORK (October 28, 2016) – WCS applauded the decision by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources to protect the Ross Sea, a part of the Southern Ocean near Antarctica, as a marine protected area.

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Nigeria’s Superhighway Threatens Local Communities, Elephants, and Gorillas
NEW YORK (October 27, 2016) — A proposed superhighway in Nigeria’s Cross River State will displace 180 indigenous communities and threaten one of the world’s great centers of biodiversity if completed, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).

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Night Callers: Scientists Listen in on Bats in the Bronx
NEW YORK  (October 27, 2016)  The WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo and Fordham University have announced the results of the first known published study of bats in New York City. The study provides evidence of winter bat activity in NYC and documents the migratory movement of Eastern Red bats and Silver-haired bats through the Bronx Borough. Since little is known about bat behavior in winter, the research results may prove valuable in determining bat migration routes and overwintering strategies.

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 World’s Most Endangered Alligator Making a Comeback – in Shanghai
SHANGHAI (October 26, 2016) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) reports that eggs of critically endangered Chinese alligators discovered recently in a nest in a Shanghai wetland park have hatched and that baby alligators have been photographed and identified swimming in the area. The announcement signals a huge success for the species and for ongoing reintroduction efforts initiated by East China Normal University, Chongming Dongtan Wetland Park, and WCS with the help of U.S. zoos including WCS’s Bronx Zoo, and the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

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Registration Open for Fall Programs at WCS's Zoos and Aquarium
New York –– Oct. 25, 2016 – The WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society’s) Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and New York Aquarium have opened registration for fun fall programs for both children and adults.

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Wildlife Traders Arrested in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia
Medan, Indonesia (October 24, 2016). The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU), in collaboration with North Sumatra Police (POLDA SUMUT), arrested three wildlife traders in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia on October 14, 2016. Among the confiscated items were a 1.5 meter Sumatran tiger skin, pangolin scales, a snake skin, turtle shells, deer organs and stuffed Hawksbill turtle.

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