News and Features

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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World Food Day Honors Family, Small Farming

October 16, 2014

Ramon, or breadnut, is among the crops harvested by local communities in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. The nutrient-rich seed was once a staple of the Mayas, whose civilization was centered here.

National Geographic Live! - Christopher Golden: Bush Meat in Madagascar

National Geographic Live!

October 3, 2014

Epidemiologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Christopher Golden's research has revealed that Madagascar's reliance on bush meat is both ravaging the country's wildlife and impacting the health of the Malagasy people. Golden now dedicates his work to protecting the country's unique animals while promoting a healthy diet for the Malagasy.

2014 Indianapolis Prize: Joel Berger

October 2, 2014

The Indianapolis Prize is given every other year to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts involving a single animal species or multiple species. Dr. Joel Berger, WCS Senior Conservationist, is nominated for the award due to his dedicated work on wild yak, musk oxen, and more.

Why Wildlife Trafficking Is a Human Problem of Global Concern

Huffington post

October 2, 2014

During the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, world leaders discuss some of the greatest challenges facing the global community. Susan Lieberman, WCS Vice President for International Policy, explains why wildlife trafficking is on this list.

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.

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