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Year One

September 22, 2014

One year ago, WCS launched the 96 Elephants campaign to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand for illegal ivory. Since then, half a million of you have taken action.

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Protecting African Elephants: What a Year Can Accomplish

NatGeo NewsWatch

September 24, 2014

At the Clinton Global Initiative, John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, looks back on the accomplishments that have been achieved in the last year to protect African elephants. Those include the successful 96 Elephants campaign in the United States, social media outreach efforts in China, and the newly passed New York and New Jersey State bans on ivory.

Saving Tigers in the Russian Far East

September 24, 2014

Living in the Russian Far East for over 20 years, Dale Miquelle, Director for the WCS Russia Program, is a leading researcher on Siberian tigers. He recently shared some of his insights about the big cats with WCS colleagues in a Q&A.

Game-Changing Discovery in Ebola Research

September 18, 2014

A group of international scientists have developed a new method to study Ebola virus in wildlife. In this short video, researchers discuss the study and the implications of the new methodology.

A Window Into Conservation

September 17, 2014

WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper believes “zoos and aquariums play a key role in shaping the future of our planet.”

It's the Wild West in East Africa

NatGeo NewsWatch

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

NatGeo NewsWatch

September 3, 2014

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

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?

NatGeo NewsWatch

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

Huffington Post

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.

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