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Mozambique Releases Elephant Numbers

May 26, 2015

A recent survey showed a dramatic drop in elephant populations, the Mozambique government said today. At the hands of criminal gangs, the total number of animals is estimated to have fallen 48 percent, from just over 20,000 to around 10,300.

A Glimmer of Hope from Borneo

May 19, 2015

While traveling in Borneo, Dr. Cristián Samper, President and CEO of WCS, came across a young mother orangutan and her infant. The species is endangered due to habitat destruction, but thanks to the government's efforts to expand protected areas there is hope for this iconic animal. 

WCS at 120

May 11, 2015

At 120, writes Executive Vice President John Calvelli, WCS continues a tradition of building effecting conservation movements. That tradition began a century ago with bison.

The Forest Elephants

May 6, 2015

Andrea Turkalo has been studying forest elephants at Central African Republic’s Dzanga bai for more than 20 years. In this video co-produced by WCS and the New Yorker, she speaks passionately about their dwindling numbers and recent poaching attacks. “A mammal that has a brain that big, and is so conscious of family ties – they miss family members that have been killed.” Watch the full video now.

The Grey Market

April 28, 2015

A new report from IFAW and WCS reveals a thriving ivory trade on Craigslist. Despite the website's policy against animal trade stronger action is needed because, "ivory trade anywhere is a threat to elephants everywhere".

WCS at 120: Celebrating a 12-Decade Commitment to Protecting Wild Places

April 28, 2015

On April 26, the Wildlife Conservation Society, originally the New York Zoological Society, celebrated 12 decades of conservation work. Current CEO and President Cristián Samper gives a history of the organization and the successes that make up the past 120 years.

Rare Primate Photographed for the First Time

April 20, 2015

This new photograph is the first ever taken of Bouvier's red colobus monkey. The rare primate is native to the forests of the Republic of Congo and highly threatened by the bushmeat trade.

Frog ©Tracie Seimon

Will Mobile Labs Halt Killer Frog Fungus?

April 20, 2015

In a new op-ed for Live Science, part of a "Women in Conservation" series, WCS's Tracie Seimon writes of her work developing and adopting tests to discover diseases in amphibians worldwide.

Take a Stand

April 17, 2015

“Don’t be the generation that allows elephants to go extinct,” urges music legend and elephant supporter Billy Joel in our new video. Heed his call and take a stand today.

Fish ©Keith A. Ellenbogen

Restoring the World's Coral Reefs

April 8, 2015

Coral reefs are in trouble. A newly released paper in Nature, authored in part by WCS scientists, asserts that fish are a key ingredient to their health and recovery. Click image to enlarge. 

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