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2009-03-27 09:16:21

Wildlife Conservation Society and Brain Tumor Foundation help silverback Fubo with brain scan Talk about house calls! The Wildlife Conservation Society thanks The Brain Tumor Foundation and its "Road To Early Detection" campaign for their assistance in performing a brain scan on a gorilla at the Bronx Zoo. The on-site procedure"”performed by dozens of wildlife veterinarians, zookeepers, and medical personnel from several institutions"”was made possible by the Bobby Murcer Mobile...

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2009-02-04 14:30:00

A new report has found that institutions of informal learning, such as zoos, can be useful in triggering a passion for science in young children. Even as President Barack Obama has vowed to "restore science to its rightful place," some states are facing decisions that could result in large budget cuts for public zoos and other useful institutions of education. The report, published in the National Academy of Sciences, found that informal learning -- such as at zoos or just while fishing or...

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2009-01-30 09:30:00

Times are tough for wildlife living at the frontier between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Armies are reportedly encamped in a national park and wildlife preserve on the Congolese side, while displaced herders and their cattle have settled in an adjoining Ugandan park. And yet, the profusion of prey in the region could potentially support more than 900 individuals of the emblematic African lion, according to new research "“ but only if immediate conservation steps are...

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2009-01-28 08:37:09

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released photos today from the first large-scale census of jaguars in the Amazon region of Ecuador"”one of the most biologically rich regions on the planet. The ongoing census, which began in 2007, is working to establish baseline population numbers as oil exploration and subsequent development puts growing pressure on wildlife in Ecuador's Yasuni National Park and adjacent Waorani Ethnic Reserve. Together, these two protected areas make up some...

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2009-01-16 08:15:00

A new survey has shown that more than 600 endangered Asian elephants are living in Malaysia's biggest national park. Researchers from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and Malaysia Department of Wildlife and National Parks discovered what could be the largest collection of endangered elephants in Southeast Asia.Researchers were surprised at the results of the new survey, which estimates that 631 animals are living in Taman Negara National Park.Taman Negara is "one of the great...

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2008-12-28 07:30:00

Scientists at the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) report a rapid recovery in coral reefs off the coast of Indonesia damaged by the 2004 Asian tsunami. Some had feared the reefs might take a decade to recover. However, the WCS team found evidence of fast growth of young corals in some badly hit areas in the Indian Ocean.  A WCS spokesman reported that reefs damaged prior to the tsunami were also recovering. Some communities are foregoing destructive fishing techniques...

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2008-12-22 13:00:00

Malaysia announced on Monday it plans to step up protections for wild tigers through its new National Tiger Action Plan. The new plan will seek to double the population of Malayan tigers from 500 to 1,000 by 2020, according to Sara Sukor, a spokeswoman for Malaysia's chapter of the World Wildlife Fund, one of several conservation groups that helped the government create the plan. The 12-year plan was developed through a partnership of the Malaysian Nature Society, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia,...

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2008-12-12 11:09:26

Elephants in Zakouma National Park, the last stronghold for the savanna elephants of Central Africa's Sahel region, now hover at about 1,000 animals, down from an estimated 3,000 in 2006. Ivory poachers using automatic weapons have decimated elephant populations "“ particularly when herds venture seasonally outside of the park. Civil unrest has made conservation exceedingly difficult in Chad. Several park guards have been shot and killed in recent years. However, safety conditions have...

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2008-11-29 08:45:00

Cameroon has established a new national park that seeks to protect the world's rarest gorilla. Takamanda National Park, which borders Nigeria, is home to an estimated 115 endangered Cross River gorillas. Experts believe the total population of the subspecies is less than 300. The move coincides with an initial meeting in Rome of governments of 10 gorilla range states that seek to protect the endangered primates. The Gorilla Agreement, finalized in June, includes all the countries where the...

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2008-11-19 13:55:06

Survey aimed to spark long-term ecological restoration policies Americans are woefully out of touch with the fact that the American bison, or buffalo, is in trouble as a wild, iconic species, but they do love them as an important symbol of their country"”and as an entr©e on the dinner table. These sentiments were found in a public survey released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) at a national conference on restoring bison populations in the North America. The survey...