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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

June 5, 2017

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.

Superhighway Rerouted

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

December 21, 2016

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

September 21, 2016

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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