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2012-01-10 16:00:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An article released today in PLoS ONE entitled, Zoonotic Viruses Associated with Illegally Imported Wildlife Products, from a collaborative study led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), identified evidence of retroviruses and herpesviruses in illegally imported wildlife products confiscated at several U.S. international airports, including John F. Kennedy International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental-Houston...

New Snake Species Announced
2012-01-10 05:30:30

Spectacularly colored Matilda´s horned viper is discovered by WCS and Museo delle Scienze of Trento, Italy New snake is restricted to remote forest in southwest Tanzania The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced the discovery of a spectacularly colored snake from a remote area of Tanzania in East Africa. The striking black-and-yellow snake is called Matilda´s horned viper. It measures 2.1 feet (60 centimeters) and has horn-like scales above its eyes. The...

2012-01-06 10:01:56

Outbreak reduced numbers of a wild population of endangered wild goats in Tajikistan by as much as 20 percent If they didn't have enough to worry about from dodging poachers, snow leopards, and landslides in Central Asia's rugged mountains, a population of endangered markhor–a majestic wild goat species–has contracted pneumonia, detected for the first time by the Wildlife Conservation Society and partners in Tajikistan and France. Markhor are known for their impressive...

Belize Protected Area Boosting Predatory Fish Populations
2011-12-23 05:27:43

Herbivorous fish needed for reef recovery still lagging A 14-year study by the Wildlife Conservation Society in an atoll reef lagoon in Glover's Reef, Belize has found that fishing closures there produce encouraging increases in populations of predatory fish species. However, such closures have resulted in only minimal increases in herbivorous fish, which feed on the algae that smother corals and inhibit reef recovery. The findings will help WCS researchers in their search for new...

Elephant Seal Travels 18,000 Miles: WCS
2011-12-14 04:06:35

The Wildlife Conservation Society tracked a southern elephant seal for an astonishing 18,000 miles — the equivalent of New York to Sydney and back again. WCS tracked the male seal from December, 2010, to November, 2011. The animal — nicknamed Jackson — was tagged on the beach in Admiralty Sound in Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile. WCS conservationists fitted Jackson with a small satellite transmitter that recorded his exact location when he surfaced to breathe....

Rare Persian Leopard Caught On Camera Traps
2011-12-07 13:47:03

A rare Persian leopard has been photographed in camera traps in Afghanistan's central highlands by conservationists. Biologists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) set up camera traps in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. They found that the world's largest leopard, a Persian leopard, had made an encounter with the cameras. The leopard is listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List, and is considered a subspecies that was thought to have vanished from the Hindu Kush. The...

Image 1 - WCS Program Helps Scarlet Macaws Take Flight In Guatemala
2011-11-15 11:17:47

Program posts record number of parrot fledglings in 2011 Researchers and conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Guatemala Program, WCS's Bronx Zoo, the National Park Service of Guatemala, and other groups report a major conservation victory from Central America: a bumper crop of magnificent scarlet macaw fledglings that have now taken flight over the forests of Guatemala. The newly fledged birds total 29 macaws, a big success for conservationists working in the Maya...

Image 1 - Elephants On The Decline In Eastern Congo
2011-11-11 05:31:26

Humans play a far greater role in the fate of African elephants than habitat, and human conflict in particular has a devastating impact on these largest terrestrial animals, according to a new University of British Columbia study published online in PLoS ONE this week. In some of the best-documented cases to date, the study shows the elephant population in the Okapi Faunal Reserve — one of the last strongholds of forest elephants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — saw...

Image 1 - Record Number Of Jaguars Found In Bolivia
2011-10-19 14:13:20

New digital cameras capture images of 19 individual jaguars In a new camera trap survey in the world's most biologically diverse landscape, researchers for the Wildlife Conservation Society have identified more individual jaguars than ever before. Using technology first adapted to identify tigers by stripe patterns, WCS conservationists have identified 19 individual jaguars by spot patterns in the rainforests of Bolivia, a record number for a single camera trap survey in the country....

Image 1 - Veterinarians Collaborate To Solve Mysterious Wild Tiger Deaths
2011-10-01 07:24:50

Health experts from Wildlife Conservation Society´s Bronx Zoo, Primorskaya State Agricultural Academy, and Moscow Zoo uncover how distemper may be affecting Siberian tigers A team of Russian veterinary colleagues and health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo are collaborating to understand how distemper -- a virus afflicting domestic dogs and many wildlife species -- may be a growing threat to Siberian (Amur) tigers. The team presented its results at the...