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Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS at 120: Then and Now, Conservation Action Takes a Movement

John F. Calvelli | Posted 05.02.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

To pursue legislative action to restrict ivory sales in the United States, the 96 Elephants campaign has followed Hornaday's tested movement strategy: building coalitions with public and private partners, raising public awareness, and working with government leaders.

Could the Golden State Go Grey For Elephants?

John F. Calvelli | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Californians are proud to have a bear adorn their state flag, but by helping stop the illegal trade in ivory through the enactment of this ban, the Golden State would be supporting a global effort to save another symbol of strength and determination.

5 Measures of Conservation to Affordably Monitor Our Effectiveness

David Wilkie | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
David Wilkie

Most conservation practitioners would rather spend the next dollar raised on reducing threats than monitoring the effectiveness of their actions. Not surprisingly, few have ever attempted to gather scientifically credible data on any of the numerous exhaustive lists of indicators.

In Sydney: Recommitting To Wildlife And Parks

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

A landmark paper published this week in Nature by James Watson and colleagues shows that there is now significant evidence that many governments are backsliding on their commitments to establish and support parks and other protected areas.

Proposed Federal Protections For Wolverines Withdrawn

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine in a course reversal announced Tue...

Will New Zealand Ban the Ivory Trade? Jane Goodall and Helen Clark Speak Out

Jamie Joseph | Posted 09.19.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

Prominent New Zealand business leaders have teamed up with many of the most respected international conservation agencies and spokespeople to urge the New Zealand Government to consider a complete ban on all ivory trading.

Ivory Tusks Are Off 'Antiques Roadshow'

AP | Posted 06.05.2014 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS says "Antiques Roadshow" is dropping appraisals of ivory tusks. The tusks won't be shown in new episodes or in segments draw...

Join the 'Bronx Zoo Birdathon' on May 17 to Help Celebrate and Conserve Birds

Steve Zack | Posted 10.07.2014 | New York
Steve Zack

Spring has finally sprung after a very long winter. The renewal of the season is ushered in by the return of migratory birds to our region and their bright colors and varied songs. This spectacle is part of the world's great diversity of birds we can all enjoy locally.

LISTEN: Dying Elephant's Cries Will Remind You Why Ivory Is NEVER Worth It

Posted 11.21.2013 | Green

In 1980, roughly 1.2 million African elephants roamed the Earth. Last year, that number fell to a grim 420,000, largely due to poachers who ruthlessly...

Q&A With Steve McCormick: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

In this ongoing series, I talk with thought leaders about ideas and trends in the environmental movement. Next in the series is my conversation with Steve McCormick, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

How to Get More Conservation Done Now: Joining Forces to Save Nature

Mark Tercek | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

I was excited to announce this week that The Nature Conservancy and Rare -- a long-time partner organization that inspires change so people and nature can thrive -- will merge. Together we can get more done for conservation.

Tackling Our Planet's Most Pressing Challenges

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

Our planet's population is nearing 7 billion. The nexus between human well-being and conservation of nature needs our attention more than ever.

Announcing SNAP: Because Everyone's Prosperity Depends on Nature

Mark Tercek | Posted 11.24.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

Protecting nature really is the bottom line for human prosperity. But how does conservation help the world better understand that? And then act on that knowledge?

Wild Times at the Central Park Zoo

Melissa Berkelhammer | Posted 08.13.2013 | Style
Melissa Berkelhammer

While it may not officially be summer yet -- as a friend gently reminded me earlier today -- by all accounts, the post-Memorial Day "unofficial" summe...

First Gorilla Born In NYC Dies At 40

AP | Posted 06.01.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Pattycake, the first gorilla born in New York City, has died at the Bronx Zoo. She was 40 years old and suffering from chronic cardiac pro...

Disturbing Photos Of Elephant Slaughter

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.07.2013 | Green

The picture is bleak for forest elephants in Gabon. The Minkebe National Park, intended to be a haven for the African country's elephant population, h...

More Than Hope for Tigers

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 03.11.2013 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

While the news about tigers has been bleak, that are developments that clearly show how smart strategies and strong partnerships are ensuring that tigers are saved for centuries to come. We know we can and must replicate these successes in other parts of the tiger's range.

WATCH: Adorable, Rare Turtles Hatch At Bronx Zoo

Posted 12.17.2012 | New York

Five Chinese yellow-headed box turtles, one of the 25 most endangered turtle species in the world, have hatched at the Bronx Zoo! The Wildlife Cons...

The Connection Between Species Extinction, Organized Crime, and the Spread of Disease

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

There is no lack of reasons to join efforts to stop wildlife trafficking. Together, we need to protect the source, break the chain and stop demand.

PHOTOS: Adorable 234-Pound Walrus Coming To NYC!

Posted 10.10.2012 | New York

A 234-pound baby walrus is coming to town! According to the Associated Press, an orphaned 15-week-old walrus named Mitik, who was rescued from the ...

PHOTOS: Magnificent Species On The Brink

Posted 09.05.2012 | Green

By OurAmazingPlanet Staff: Some of Asia's most magnificent animals are at a crossroads and may not survive if steps aren't taken to save...

WATCH: First Genetically Pure Bison Calf Debuts At Bronx Zoo

Posted 08.30.2012 | New York

The Bronx Zoo Thursday announced the birth of the (get ready) first genetically pure American bison calf produced by embryo transfer! The successfu...

WATCH: Baby Lemurs At The Bronx Zoo!

Posted 06.01.2012 | New York

Two baby lemurs, a Coquerel’s sifaka and collared lemur, have debuted at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo! The lemurs join the zoo...

Micro Chameleons Are Cute -- and Threatened: Want to Help Them?

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.01.2012 | Science
Mary Ellen Harte

I get frustrated watching nature shows or reading about fascinating habitats that I know are becoming increasingly threatened, with no mention about how threatened they are, and much less (and more importantly) how we can help personally.

The Extinction List: Who's Up Next in 2012?

Ian Somerhalder | Posted 02.13.2012 | Green
Ian Somerhalder

As most of us already know, 2011 marked the devastating announcement that the Western Black Rhino -- one of Africa's most treasured species -- is now extinct. This new member of Club Extinction begs the question, "who will join the extinction list in 2012?"