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Endangered Turtles Get Help From Conservationists
2012-04-12 13:18:44

Several turtle and tortoise species that are on the verge of extinction are getting a second chance for survival with the help of the US Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which is committing all of its resources and expertise to take direct responsibility to save the planet´s most endangered Testudines. The WCS said it will draw from its zoos and aquariums, its Global Health Program, and its Global Conservation Program, to ensure the continued survival of at least half of the...

2012-03-22 23:00:59

Realizes 30 Percent Savings in Reduced Service Calls and Consumables Expenses with Konica Minolta Optimized Print Services Ramsey, NJ (PRWEB) March 21, 2012 Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced that the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has implemented a cost effective, green printing strategy with the help of Konica Minolta Optimized Print Services (OPS). WCS´ new optimized print strategy eliminates wasteful printing and saves energy while...

Increase In Arctic Shipping Poses Risk To Marine Mammals
2012-03-19 04:00:16

A rapid increase in shipping in the formerly ice-choked waterways of the Arctic poses a significant increase in risk to the region's marine mammals and the local communities that rely on them for food security and cultural identity, according to an Alaska Native groups and the Wildlife Conservation Society who convened at a recent workshop. The workshop–which ran from March 12-14–examined the potential impacts to the region's wildlife and highlighted priorities for future...

Authorities Prosecute Illegal Orangutan Trader
2012-02-24 08:46:47

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) announced today Sumatra's first ever successful sentence of an illegal orangutan owner and trader in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The seven-month prison sentence is only the third for Indonesia, despite orangutans being strictly protected under Indonesian law since 1924. Although there have been over 2,500 confiscations of illegally held orangutans in Indonesia since the early 1970's, the...

New Protected Areas For Dolphins Declared
2012-02-17 04:17:55

New hope for threatened freshwater dolphins in Asia The Government of Bangladesh recently declared three new wildlife sanctuaries for endangered freshwater dolphins in the world's largest mangrove ecosystem — the Sundarbans, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) whose conservation work helped pinpoint the locations of the protected areas. The sanctuaries, which were officially declared on January 29, will protect the last two remaining species of freshwater dolphins...

Scientists Find Treasure Trove Of Wildlife In Peru Park
2012-02-03 05:18:35

The Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Peru program announced Thursday the discovery of 365 species previously undocumented in Bahuaja Sonene National Park (BSNP) in southeastern Peru. Fifteen researchers participated in the inventory focusing on plant life, insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles. The discovery included: thirty undocumented bird species, including the black-and-white hawk eagle, Wilson's phalarope, and ash colored cuckoo; two undocumented mammals — Niceforo's...

Some Southern Indian Ocean Humpback Whales Sing A Different Tune
2012-02-02 13:39:10

Researchers from WCS, Columbia University, and others find an unusual divide in song themes sung by whales in Madagascar and western Australia A recently published study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and others reveals that humpback whales on both sides of the southern Indian Ocean are singing different tunes, unusual since humpbacks in the same ocean basin usually all sing very similar songs. The results of the study–conducted by researchers from WCS, Columbia University,...

Critical Habitat And Corridors For World's Rarest Gorilla
2012-02-01 08:57:24

Protection of forest habitat could support larger population of Cross River gorillas Conservationists working in Central Africa to save the world's rarest gorilla have good news: the Cross River gorilla has more suitable habitat than previously thought, including vital corridors that, if protected, can help the great apes move between sites in search of mates, according to the North Carolina Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and other groups. The newly published habitat analysis,...

2012-01-31 06:04:29

Wildlife health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society have published evidence which supports the conclusion that Mongolian gazelles–one of the most populous large land mammals on the planet–are not a reservoir of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), a highly contagious viral disease that threatens both wildlife and livestock in Asia. Outbreaks of FMD in Mongolia affect domestic sheep, goats, camels, and cattle as well as Mongolian gazelles. In a country where roughly...

Marine Mammals On The Menu In Many Parts Of The World
2012-01-25 03:59:29

New study finds 87 marine mammal species consumed by people in 114 countries The fate of the world's great whale species commands global attention as a result of heated debate between pro and anti-whaling advocates, but the fate of smaller marine mammals is less understood, specifically because the deliberate and accidental catching and killing of dolphins, porpoises, manatees, and other warm-blooded aquatic species are rarely studied or monitored. To shed more light on the issue,...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'