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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