The (Felicitous) Future of Conservation
January 10, 2019
WCS's Joe Walston on the enormous trends that offer a light at the end of the tunnel for the planet's wildlife.
Top 10 Photos of 2018
December 20, 2018
Check out some of our favorite images (and stories) from the past year in conservation.
Argentina Creates Two Massive Marine Parks
December 12, 2018
Yaganes and Namuncurá-Burdwood Bank II now protect habitat and critical feeding grounds for penguins, sea lions, fur seals, sharks and rays, cold-water corals, mollusks, sponges, and more.
Elephant Poachers Convicted in Congo
December 3, 2018
Prior to their arrest, the group had killed four elephants on the periphery of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park.
News to Be Thankful For
November 21, 2018
From re-introductions to new protections, eight wildlife stories will give you hope.
An Indigenous Tribe Looks to Protect Its Forest
November 15, 2018
WCS will assist the group in establishing the protected area, bringing hunting and harvesting to sustainable levels, and developing local livelihood initiatives, among other things.
Going, Going ...
November 1, 2018
Just 23% of the world's remaining land mass is wilderness, a new paper in Nature says.
The Our Ocean Conference
October 26, 2018
Jason Patlis, WCS Executive Director of Marine Conservation, on why it's important and what the organization hopes to accomplish.
Full of Life
October 25, 2018
WCS marine scientists are enjoying a banner year for marine life off New York.
Zebras Return to Tanzanian Highlands After Nearly 50 Years
October 19, 2018
Twenty-four were released into Kitulo National Park as part of a bold effort to re-wild this once pristine landscape.
The Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference
October 9, 2018
What are WCS's priorities for this important week? Details from Vice President for International Policy, Susan Lieberman.
WCS at the Global Climate Action Summit
September 11, 2018
An important opportunity to catalyze action to fight climate change.
A Conservation Success for Pronghorn
August 15, 2018
Structures built to get them safely over roadways are working, says a new study.
Just 13% of the World's Oceans are "Wilderness," Study Says
July 26, 2018
Most remaining wilderness is unprotected, too, leaving it vulnerable to being lost.
New Regulations Would Weaken Endangered Species Act
July 19, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service are putting roadblocks in front of effective management.
July 13, 2018
There are only 84 highly endangered Amur leopards left in the wild, says a new study.
Wild Seve Celebrates 10,000 Cases
July 9, 2018
The WCS program helps farmers in India recoup losses from tigers, leopards, elephants, and more, while preventing retribution killings.
WCS New York Aquarium Opens Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Exhibit
June 30, 2018
The exhibit, which opens to the public on Saturday, June 30, will drive awareness of the importance of sharks to the ocean's health.
Planning for Coral Reef Conservation
June 27, 2018
Scientists have developed an approach to identify coral reefs with the best opportunity to survive climate change.
WCS Criticizes the Elimination of U.S. National Ocean Policy
June 20, 2018
"At a time of renewed public awareness of the importance and fragility of our ocean, the U.S. needs to advance policies to protect the health of our oceans."
We've Launched a Campaign to Support the NYC Plastic Straw Bill
May 23, 2018
Learn more about Give a Sip and how you can take action with us.
Massive Study Shows More Gorillas and Chimps Than Expected
April 24, 2018
But more than 80% are at risk, found outside protected areas.
A Light at the End of the Tunnel
April 23, 2018
A new WCS paper provides hope for the world's wildlife and wild places.
The UK Announces Ivory Ban
April 3, 2018
“Today, elephant conservation received a tremendous boost,” said WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper.
The Need to Protect Intact Forests
February 26, 2018
New study says we may fall short of our international conservation goals without protecting them.
Three Poachers Sentenced in the Republic of Congo
February 23, 2018
They were responsible for slaughtering 11 elephants in and around Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in January.
On the Killing of Three Conservation Heroes in Cambodia
February 1, 2018
A statement on the January 30 incident in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary.
It's now illegal to process or sell elephant ivory in China
January 1, 2018
"This is one of the most important pieces of a puzzle needed to save Africa’s elephants from extinction."
The DRC Says It Will Stop Exporting African Grey Parrots
December 15, 2017
It had been the only African country to exempt itself from prohibitions on trading the birds.
New Tracking Data, Important Insights, and New Questions in Whale Mystery
November 28, 2017
New data still doesn't explain why so many Southern right whales are dying.
Senate Passes Bison Day Resolution
November 1, 2017
The National Mammal will be recognized this Saturday, November 4.
Don't Drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
October 2, 2017
The Senate Budget Committee's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution intentionally opens up a pathway. And once drilling starts, it can never be taken back.
Snow Leopards Get Upgraded
September 14, 2017
The elusive big cats are moving from "endangered" to "vulnerable." Scientists urge caution, though.
A Statement for Elephants at the Ivory Crush in New York
August 3, 2017
"We won’t stand for the slaughter of elephants," said WCS's John Calvelli.
Tackle Climate Change and Save a Rich Wilderness
June 15, 2017
WCS is partnering with Cool Effect to save Madagascar's Makira Natural Park.
Seismic Ocean Surveys & Drilling Could Harm Whales
June 5, 2017
"We are deeply concerned about the effects that the enormous amount of seismic airgun activity would have on marine life."
Gabon Announces Marine Protected Area Network at UN Ocean Conference
We also announced The Tiffany & Co. Foundation’s $1 million dollar grant towards our Marine Protected Area (MPA) Fund.
Notorious Elephant Poacher Sentenced
June 2, 2017
It’s a significant step forward for Congo’s justice system and for forest elephant conservation in Central Africa.
Unified Action on Climate Change Needed
June 1, 2017
WCS President and CEO Cristian Samper on the news of the U.S. withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.
Conflict Minerals: Deadly for Great Apes
May 26, 2017
Mining for conflict minerals in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is a major driving factor in the illegal hunting of Grauer’s gorillas and other wildlife.
Cuts to U.S. Foreign Aid Would Devastate Wildlife
May 23, 2017
The aid is vital to programs that help countries conserve their natural resources, protect endangered wildlife, and more.
Executive Order Threatens Wildlife
April 28, 2017
The measure could expose fragile offshore areas to oil and gas drilling and seismic impacts.
Superhighway Moved Further
April 26, 2017
This shift effectively spares the rainforest habitat so important to wildlife and local communities.
March for Science
April 25, 2017
On Earth Day, we made a strong statement at events around the globe.
March 24, 2017
Nigerian officials verbally agreed to move it away from some valuable forest, but much habitat is still in danger.
Five Things You Can Do For Wildlife
March 3, 2017
To celebrate World Wildlife Day 2017, check out our list of 5 things you can do right now to help wildlife.
NOAA Moves Hudson Canyon Nomination Ahead
February 22, 2017
The Hudson Canyon is a national treasure – an underwater version of the Grand Canyon – and should be a National Marine Sanctuary.
Plans for the Nigerian Superhighway Have Been Scaled Back
February 16, 2017
The move to cancel the 12-mile buffer on either side of the road is big but more needs to be done.
Battling a Virus to Save Saiga
February 9, 2017
Scientists and local officials are rushing to stop a devastating outbreak.
A Wildlife-Snaring Crisis in Asian Forests
January 20, 2017
Cheaply constructed, snares are the predominant hunting method there and kill indiscriminately.
U.S. Government Denies Seismic Survey Permits in the Atlantic
January 6, 2017
The noise and associated impacts from these could have been a tipping point for North Atlantic right whales.
A Threat to the Forest and the Community
January 4, 2017
The leader of an indigenous Nigerian community speaks on a proposed superhighway.
China Will Shut Down Its Domestic Ivory Market in 2017
December 30, 2016
The move had been announced last year but lacked a timeline until today.
Cheetah Numbers Crash
December 26, 2016
According to a new study, there are only about 7,100 cheetahs left in the world.
New Protected Area Created in the Democratic Republic of Congo
December 21, 2016
The Kabobo Natural Reserve, established today, covers an area larger than New York City and contains a number of unique species.
President Obama Protects Offshore Areas from Drilling
The decision will protect parts of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, including Hudson Canyon off the coast of New York.
Campaign Delivers 100,000 Signatures to Nigerian Ambassador
December 14, 2016
The petition is to stop or reroute a superhighway that would clear a 162-mile-long, 12-mile-wide swath through the forest.
A New Ocean Action Plan
December 12, 2016
The White House's National Ocean Council has taken an important step towards sustainable usage of the New York City area’s local ocean.
Critically Endangered Bird Threatened by Proposed Power Line
December 9, 2016
There are fewer than 800 Bengal floricans left in the world.
Melville Keeps Detecting Right Whale Calls
November 30, 2016
Since we first detected the highly endangered animal, the buoy has continued to pick up its sounds.
Hudson Canyon Nominated as Marine Sanctuary
November 18, 2016
Sanctuary status would not only protect wildlife from oil and gas exploration, but also help sustain the fishing and tourism industries.
Melville Hears a Right Whale
November 16, 2016
Our acoustic buoy has made the first near real-time detection of this rare whale in New York waters.
Dramatic Disruptions Seen from Climate Change
November 10, 2016
A new study says every aspect of life on Earth, from tiny genes to entire ecosystems, is being impacted.
Celebrate National Bison Day
November 3, 2016
It's the first since the bison was declared the U.S.'s National Mammal.
President Obama Has Signed the END Wildlife Trafficking Act
October 7, 2016
The bill will provide more resources to protect wildlife around the world.
Shark and Ray Species Get Added Protections
October 4, 2016
New international trade restrictions will ensure exports are sustainable and legal.
A Strong Stand for Elephants at CITES
October 2, 2016
What does it mean in real terms?
Pangolins Get New Protections at CITES
September 28, 2016
The decision to move them to Appendix I means a total ban on trade
The END Wildlife Trafficking Act Passes the House
September 21, 2016
The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.
National Bison Day is November 5
It's a particularly good year to celebrate bison, our new National Mammal.
U.S. Senate Passes the END Wildlife Trafficking Act
September 16, 2016
The bill represents progress on the strengthening of U.S. laws to target wildlife traffickers.
Study: A Tenth of Wilderness Lost Since 1990s
September 13, 2016
The findings underscore an immediate need for international policies to recognize the value of wilderness areas.
Call to Close Domestic Ivory Markets
September 10, 2016
The vote at the IUCN World Conservation Congress comes amid continuing bad news for Africa's elephants.
Grauer's Gorillas Considered Critically Endangered
September 4, 2016
The new designation follows a report earlier this year released by WCS and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) that showed a shocking collapse of its numbers.
Organized Poaching Decimating Madagascar's Sea Turtles
September 1, 2016
The hunting, which has been around at low levels, appears to be spiking of late.
WCS Scientists to Study Sharks in New York
August 11, 2016
The partnership with OCEARCH will focus on three species known to frequent the area.
Guns, Nets, and Bulldozers
August 10, 2016
Three quarters of the world’s threatened species are imperiled by agriculture, land conversion, and overharvesting.
Buoy Detects First Whale
July 28, 2016
The first confirmed detection was of a fin whale, the second-largest species on the planet.
WCS Scientists Listening for Whales off NYC
June 27, 2016
A real-time acoustic buoy launched by WCS’s New York Aquarium and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is being used for the first time.
One of Africa's Most Biodiverse Regions Now Protected
June 24, 2016
At least 53 globally threatened species are found in Itombwe.
Congress Has Introduced Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016
June 23, 2016
Currently, a quarter of all shark and ray species are threatened with extinction worldwide.
In One Area, Grauer's Gorilla Numbers Have Increased
June 16, 2016
A sector of Kahuzi-Biega National Park is a success thanks to, among other things, significant conservation resources and boots-on-the-ground efforts.
Singapore Joins Movement to Crush Ivory Trade
June 14, 2016
A public ivory crush is a first for Singapore but follows similar actions by more than 20 countries since 1989.
Ivory Trade Banned in the U.S.
June 2, 2016
Following an executive order in 2013 to combat wildlife trafficking, the Obama Administration has announced a near-total ban on ivory.
President Obama Makes the American Bison the Official National Mammal
May 9, 2016
The National Bison Legacy Act had passed through Congress in late April.
Kenya Sends a Clear Message
April 30, 2016
The country made a powerful statement for elephants by burning over 100 tons of ivory.
Bison is the U.S.'s Official National Mammal Says Congress
April 28, 2016
A great milestone for an animal that has played a central role in America's history and culture.
Endangered Right Whales Threatened by Seismic Surveys
April 14, 2016
The tests, planned for the waters between Delaware and Florida, would jeopardize the survival of the North Atlantic right whale, said a group of renowned marine mammal scientists.
EU launches Action Plan against wildlife trafficking
March 2, 2016
It includes steps to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products, step up enforcement, and substantially increase support to source countries.
A 10-year strategy to save sharks and rays
February 16, 2016
Among the actions urged by conservationists: science-based limits on shark and ray fishing and trade.
Hong Kong is exploring measures to phase out the ivory trade
January 15, 2016
The announcement was by made its leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, during his annual policy address.
President Obama signs Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 into law
December 30, 2015
This is an important legislative step toward preventing the tiny plastics from entering our waters.
Congress says no to dangerous ivory riders
December 18, 2015
Thanks to supporters who raised their voices for elephants, the U.S. Congress removed a harmful ivory rider from the federal budget, bringing us one step closer to a strong federal ivory ban.
Senate passes National Bison Legacy Act
December 4, 2015
The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to honor North America's largest land mammal by making the American bison the National Mammal. A version of the bill has been introduced in the House.
Arnold Schwarzenegger terminates the ivory trade
November 13, 2015
The Terminator makes a bold statement to get rid of the demand for ivory once and for all.
Washington State passes I-1401
November 3, 2015
With more than 70 percent of the vote in favor of a statewide ban, Washington became the fourth state to ban the sale of ivory.
California passed AB 96
October 4, 2015
The Golden State became the third U.S. state to ban the sale of ivory after New York and New Jersey in 2014.
Delivered 160,000 messages for federal ban
September 28, 2015
Delivered over 160,000 messages of support to Secretary Jewell for a strong federal ivory ban to #BeHerd for elephants.
$45,000+ kicked in for whale tags
July 31, 2015
Successfully crowdfunded over $45,000 to order six special satellite whale tags to track the habits and migration patterns of whales off the coast of New York City.
Blue York campaign is launched
July 8, 2015
From massive whales to sleek sharks, there’s an underground world off the coast of NYC. We're raising awareness of this underappreciated neighborhood and the threats its residents face.
Times Square Ivory Crush
June 19, 2015
Over 1,500 people joined WCS, three government agencies, and six other conservation organizations in Times Square to crush over a ton of illegal ivory.
VICTORY: Antiques Roadshow
May 9, 2014
In response to our creative video about the real cost of illegal ivory, the Antiques Roadshow agreed to stop appraising ivory.
96 Elephants is launched
September 26, 2013
96 elephants are killed every day in Africa. It’s time to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand.
U.S. celebrated the first ever National Bison Day
November 1, 2012
WCS supporters were instrumental in gaining annual recognition for bison.
Species Get U.S. Postage Stamp
September 20, 2011
The Save the Vanishing Species Stamp was released with proceeds benefiting endangered animals around the world.
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