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It's the Wild West in East Africa

September 9, 2014

On a recent trip to Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve, WCS Presdient and CEO Cristián Samper and Alastair Nelson, WCS Mozambique Country Director, traveled by helicopter to bear witness to an elephant that had been killed just hours earlier. Unfortunately this is not unusual for the area, but the Mozambique government and WCS are integrating resources and staff to protect Niassa's elephants.

Wild at 50: The Wilderness Act Turns a Half-Century

September 3, 2014

On the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, WCS Senior Conservation Scientist John Weaver agues for protecting remaining wild lands and preventing human-caused extinction of species rather than domesticating landscapes to serve economic growth of the human juggernaut.

Humpback Whale feeding NY Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Humpbacks in New York

August 29, 2014

Our staff photographer Julie Larsen Maher recently snapped this great shot of a humpback whale off the NY coast, but such a sighting is not as rare as you may think.

Who Will Save the Last Primary Forests on Earth?

August 22, 2014

According to Brendan Mackey, Director the Climate Change Response Program at Griffith University Australia, and James Watson, WCS Global Climate Change Program Director, "it’s now or never if the world’s surviving primary forests are to be saved."

Flight in the Southern Ocean on the Back Burner, Warming

August 21, 2014

Through his conservation work, Steve Zack, WCS Coordinator of Bird Conservation, has learned quite a bit about the Southern Ocean and the seabirds that call it home. Since he began his work in 1990, these species and the environment they live in have come under significant threats.

A Bronx Zoo Molecular Biologist Packs for Myanmar

August 21, 2014

Over the course of several research trips abroad, molecular biologist Dr. Tracie Seimon has mastered the art of packing up her mobile laboratory. This time, she's packing for a trip to Myanmar to check up on Burmese star tortoises.

Peanut Butter Photo © Dr. Edward Tronick

Balancing Nature and Human Needs on the Designer Ark

August 20, 2014

Depending on where one lives, the ability to coexist with wildlife varies drastically. David Wilkie, WCS Director of Conservation Support, discusses the different challenges he experiences in Boston, MA, compared to his friend, Kauteli, who lives in the Congo.

Beebe and the Bathysphere

August 18, 2014

Eighty years ago, WCS naturalist William Beebe and engineer Otis Barton plunged more than 3,000 feet into the ocean and observed never-before-seen marine life in its natural habitat.

An Awed Human Being

August 15, 2014

On his historic dive, writes Institutional Archivist Madeleine Thompson, WCS naturalist William Beebe took on the then-unprecedented work of attempting to understand the lives of these animals in their natural habitat.

As Sharks Disappear, So Could Shark Week

August 15, 2014

Caleb McClennen, executive director for the Wildlife Conservation Society's Global Marine Program, explains the most important take away from Discovery Channel's Shark Week: sharks are an extraordinarily threatened species.


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