News & Updates

Why the Effort to Ban Straws is Growing

February 4, 2019

New York City, writes WCS's John Calvelli, has a chance to help lead the way by saying no to single-use plastic straws.

Ways of Adapting to Climate Change Are Gaining Steam

January 11, 2019

Communities need to build resilience to the threats even as the world seeks ways to curb emissions.

Why Do Whales Sing?

January 8, 2019

Scientists still aren’t certain, and maybe the whales aren’t, either. Dr. Melinda Rekdahl on the latest research.

How Native American Tribes Are Bringing the Bison Back

December 12, 2018

The continent’s largest land mammal plays a major role in the spiritual and cultural lives of many.

Adaptation Must Be Local

November 26, 2018

Climate change is occuring at a global scale, but we can’t wait for a top-down solution, writes WCS's Lauren Oakes.

Honduras to Shield Corridor

November 15, 2018

The implications are wide-reaching as the area in the Moskitia is a repository for biodiversity and carbon, WCS's Jeremy Radachowsky says.

World's Wildernesses Disappearing

October 31, 2018

Today, more than 77 percent of land on earth, excluding Antarctica, has been modified by human industry.

An African Bat and Ebola

October 12, 2018

Research into the hammer-headed bat might help prevent future outbreaks of the deadly virus, WCS's Sarah Olson says.

Indigenous Peoples Vital to Addressing Climate Challenge

September 13, 2018

Keeping global temperatures within safe limits requires empowering the inhabitants of forests.

Brooklyn Shark Scientist Goes to Bat for Sharks

August 13, 2018

WCS New York Aquarium Vet Harley Newton says sharks are more than just mindless eating machines.

Extractive Industries Threaten Intact Forests

July 12, 2018

Mining companies currently have claims on 11 percent of all intact rainforests left in the world.

Coney Island's Newest Wonder: Sharks!

June 28, 2018

Go see it. It’s edifying and fun, an ideal excuse to grab the kids and head for the beach.

Say Goodbye to Plastic Straws

May 23, 2018

On the New York City proposal to move away from them and the future of our oceans.

'Shocking' Impact on Protected Areas

May 21, 2018

Human activities have degraded one-third of them, according to a new, WCS co-authored study.

Despairing this Earth Day?

April 23, 2018

Consider that the forces of an environmental recovery may already be gathering strength.

The Bronx River is Alive!

April 19, 2018

With new fish—it was just restocked with 400 alewife herring.

Why This Elephant in India is Blowing Smoke

March 26, 2018

It's probably not just fooling around. Eating charcoal may serve a purpose.

We Should Embrace Scavengers and Predators

March 9, 2018

Our first instinct may be to recoil, but if we lose these animals the consequences could be catastrophic.

SMART Making a Huge Impact

February 14, 2018

The war against animal poaching will be won by data, not drones.

More Rain, Fewer Musk Oxen

January 18, 2018

As the Arctic warms, pregnant females may struggle to find enough food for their unborn calves, researchers find.

Experience or Evidence?

November 27, 2017

Working in complex, ever-changing environments, how do big conservation NGOs make decisions?

From Andes to Amazon

October 20, 2017

A new movie and a real-life expedition into a truly biodiverse protected area.

Protect Alaska's Last Great Wilderness

October 18, 2017

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is in the crosshairs of the U.S. Congress.

Slow and Steady

October 4, 2017

Conservation efforts seem to be working. This tortoise is winning its race with extinction.

The Snow Leopard Remains at Risk

October 2, 2017

Though no longer considered endangered, it still faces threats from poaching and habitat loss.

High Stakes in the High North

September 13, 2017

“Wrangel Island is wild nature at its best,” says WCS's Joel Berger. “It’s spectacular.”

Whales in Our Waters

August 21, 2017

Scientists from WCS and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on what they've found in the New York Bight.

Antiques Dealer Pleads Guilty to Selling Illegal Ivory

July 27, 2017

The recovered items represent the largest seizure of illegal elephant ivory in New York State history.

Hope for Southeast Asia

June 21, 2017

This baby turtle photo is a good sign for a species once feared extinct along Cambodia's portion of the Mekong River.

The Time is Now to Save Our Oceans

June 8, 2017

On World Oceans Day, WCS's Executive Director for Marine Conservation Jason Patlis writes with the esteemed Sylvia Earle.

New Map of Life in Local Waters

June 7, 2017

"One of the map’s goals is to get people’s minds around the ecological riches right here in our waters,” said New York Aquarium Director Jon Forrest Dohlin.

On Studying Musk Oxen

May 18, 2017

WCS's Joel Berger looks at wildlife in one of the least densely populated parts of the world.

A Department Full of Glamorous Adventure

April 25, 2017

A new exhibition featuring 60 works designed to communicate field biology decades ago.

Scientists Seeking 'Hope Spots'

April 11, 2017

They are coming up with creative ways to find the species and regions with the best chances of resisting global warming.

One of Wildlife's Worst Foes

March 27, 2017

Domesticated dogs kill thousands of wild animals and livestock every month, write Debby Ng and WCS's Joel Berger.

Wildlife Could Be Saved by What?

March 20, 2017

The idea that the humble chicken could play the role will seem improbable to many environmentalists.

Saiga Antelopes Struck Again

February 9, 2017

A virus in Mongolia's western Khovd province has killed about a quarter of the global population.

World Heritage Sites Face Threat

February 1, 2017

“These sites have been inscribed by the United Nations as some of the most important, beautiful places on earth."

China Says It Will Shut Down Ivory Trade

January 3, 2017

And the move could have a dramatic impact, according to WCS's John Robinson.

Protect N.Y.'s Own Grand Canyon

December 19, 2016

The Hudson Canyon lies unprotected from key threats such as oil, gas, and mineral exploration and extraction.

Giraffes 'Vulnerable' to Extinction

December 8, 2016

The world’s tallest land mammal, and a prime attraction at zoos worldwide, is threatened because of illegal hunting and a loss of its habitat.

The Future of Wildlife

December 5, 2016

In honor of Wildlife Conservation Day, WCS's John Robinson on the current state of the field.

This Buoy Could Save Whales

November 30, 2016

Bobbing near New York, the third busiest U.S. port, our monitoring tool may offer a new way to reduce the number of ship strikes.

Bronx Zoo Breaks World Record

November 22, 2016

The stampede of origami elephants is part of a campaign to raise awareness about poaching.

Wildlife is Nonpartisan

November 15, 2016

President-elect Trump and the new Congress can unite Americans behind wildlife protection efforts.

Will the Ax Fall on Nigeria's National Parks?

November 3, 2016

A new development plan poses an imminent threat to some of its most spectacular forest.

A Win in the Ground War Against Elephant Poachers

October 14, 2016

The arrest of a key member of an ivory-trafficking group is a bright spot in the Republic of Congo.

Pangolins Thrown a Lifeline

September 28, 2016

The world’s most illegally trafficked mammal has won a total ban on international trade in all species.

Historic Ivory Bust

September 23, 2016

In New York, three antiques dealers were charged in the illegal sale of ivory priced at $4.5 million.

Listen to the Fishers of Glover's Reef

September 15, 2016

To help turn the tide for our seas, a bold commitment to marine protected areas.

Warning: World's Wildest Places Disappearing Fast

September 13, 2016

A tenth of global wilderness has disappeared in a little over 20 years, scientists are warning.

Call for Ban on Domestic Ivory Trade

September 11, 2016

At the IUCN World Conservation Congress, countries from around the world made an important statement.

African Elephant Numbers Plummet 30 Percent

August 31, 2016

An unprecedented census gives a sobering baseline for managing what’s left of Africa’s elephants.

Searching for Sharks in the Waters Off Long Island

August 16, 2016

WCS scientists are teaming with OCEARCH to learn about blue, mako, and great white sharks in the area.

Eavesdropping on Ocean Giants

July 28, 2016

New technology is allowing scientists to listen in on some very big conversations off the coast of New York.

Amazon Turtles In Peril

July 26, 2016

Dams, mercury pollution, and illegal trade are weighing on the 17 species in the region.

The Great New York Whale Census

July 7, 2016

WCS and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are collaborating on the largest-ever survey of the Big Apple’s whales.

Bearing Up for Science

June 15, 2016

WCS's Joel Berger donned a polar bear outfit to gauge the reaction of musk oxen.

What Could Be More Metal?

June 12, 2016

The New York Aquarium's Hans Walters on his journey with music and marine biology.

Hope for the Elephants

June 4, 2016

The near-total U.S. ban on the interstate trade in ivory, writes WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper, is the result of years of advocacy efforts directed at U.S. leadership.

It's Final: Ivory Banned in the U.S.

June 2, 2016

The U.S. has taken a big step for elephants, shutting down the ivory trade that is wiping out Africa's elephants.

How the Bison Lived to Become America’s National Mammal

April 27, 2016

Once near extinction, the bison has come to represent the country’s first successful foray into wildlife conservation.

The Good Hunter

April 26, 2016

WCS Tanzania's Tim Davenport and the discovery of new species.

New Gorilla Survey Supports Fears of Extinction Within Decade

April 24, 2016

With tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo abating somewhat, researchers finally have an updated Grauer's gorilla head count — one that confirms their fears.

A Group of Scientists is Begging Obama to Save Right Whales

April 14, 2016

Twenty-seven marine biologists penned a letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday urgently asking him to defer seismic exploration in the Atlantic Ocean.

The World's Largest Primate is Being Wiped Out by War

April 5, 2016

The population of the Grauer's gorillas—a gorilla subspecies that lives in a region of Central Africa beset by conflict—is collapsing.

Bison Return to Montana After 140 Years

March 28, 2016

A herd is ‘coming home’ under a treaty between North American tribes that seeks to return bison from Canada.

The Nonsuch Dive

March 18, 2016

In the 1930s, two men in a ‘‘bathysphere’’ dove deeper — much deeper — in the ocean than anyone had before.

The Owl Man

March 3, 2016

WCS's Jonathan Slaght is working to save an incredible bird you've probably never heard of.

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