Our Favorite Wildlife Images of 2022

December 31, 2022

Ten of the images come from WCS’s zoos and aquarium in New York, and ten images are from WCS’s Global Conservation Programs taken by WCS staff working around the world.

Photos from WCS'S Global Conservation Programs

Photo Credit: ©Dale Miquelle/WCS

2022 began with the Lunar New Year celebration of the Year of the Tiger. And there was reason to celebrate: since 2016, tiger numbers have been increasing—today there may be as many as 4,500 occurring across 10 countries, including Russia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.

Photo Credit: ©WCS Mongolia

WCS conservationists working in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert recently put satellite tags on khulan, a type of wild horse. Khulan are endangered and impacted by ongoing infrastructure development in Mongolia. The data gathered will inform protection measures.

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Photos from WCS's Zoos and Aquarium

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

In 1906, when the American bison was on the verge of extinction, the Bronx Zoo sent zoo-bred bison to Oklahoma to help begin the process of rebuilding bison populations in the American West. In 2022 the Bronx Zoo’s bison conservation work saw six Bronx Zoo-bred bison transferred to the Osage Nation in Oklahoma where they joined a larger conservation herd where they will live wild on a massive 43,000-acre range.

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