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Argentina Creates New Coastal Marine Park

Article: Argentina Creates New Coastal Marine Park

NEW YORK, New York, January 2, 2008 (ENS) – A new coastal marine park signed into law by the government of Argentina is the first protected area in the country designed to safeguard areas of ocean where wildlife feed as well as onshore breeding colonies. The park in southern Argentina’s Chubut province became official in…

American Biologist Honored With China Environment Prize

Article: American Biologist Honored With China Environment Prize

NEW YORK, New York, December 19, 2008 (ENS) – Dr. George Schaller, a world reknowned field biologist and conservationist, has been awarded the China Environment Prize for his efforts to study and protect China’s giant pandas, Tibetan antelope, and China’s wild places. Schaller is a senior conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Asia Programs and…

Americans Love Bison, Don't Know the Risks They Face

Article: Americans Love Bison, Don't Know the Risks They Face

NEW YORK, New York, November 24, 2008 (ENS) – Americans are out of touch with the fact that the American bison, or buffalo, is in trouble as a wild species, but they do love them as an important symbol of their country, and as a meal on the dinner table. These views were expressed in…

Argentina Bans Commercial Fishing to Protect Marine Wildlife

Article: Argentina Bans Commercial Fishing to Protect Marine Wildlife

NEW YORK, New York, October 10, 2008 (ENS) – The government of Argentina has banned commercial fishing along an underwater island submerged in the South Atlantic Ocean 136 miles off the long country’s southern tip. Known as Burdwood Bank, the protected area encompasses 694 square miles rich in hard and soft coral species found nowhere…

Former Enemies Rwanda and Burundi Sign Conservation Pact

Article: Former Enemies Rwanda and Burundi Sign Conservation Pact

NEW YORK, New York, September 16, 2008 (ENS) – The two African nations of Rwanda and Burundi, enmeshed in tribal killings for decades, have signed an agreement to safeguard the largest remaining block of mountain forest in East Africa. The area is inhabited by endangered primates such as chimpanzees, rare owl-faced monkeys, and other species…

Nigeria, Cameroon Cooperate to Save Most Endangered Ape

Article: Nigeria, Cameroon Cooperate to Save Most Endangered Ape

NEW YORK, New York, September 5, 2008 (ENS) – With just 300 individuals left in the wild, Cross River gorillas have found new conservation support from the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria, the only two countries where these great apes live. Representatives from the two nations agreed last week to improve trans-boundary cooperation to protect…

Arctic Scientists Flee Polar Bear Trapped on Land

Article: Arctic Scientists Flee Polar Bear Trapped on Land

NEW YORK, New York, August 9, 2008 (ENS) – Five scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society had to evacuate their remote field camp in northern Alaska because of a new kind of threat brought on by global warming – a polar bear stranded on land. Polar bears would normally be out on sea…

Newly Discovered Congo Gorillas Brighten Conservation Picture

Article: Newly Discovered Congo Gorillas Brighten Conservation Picture

EDINBURGH, Scotland, August 5, 2008 (ENS) – Unknown to the outside world, more than 125,000 endangered western lowland gorillas have sheltered in the remote northern forests of the Republic of Congo in Central Africa, the Wildlife Conservation Society revealed today. Documented by WCS and Congolese scientists, the discovery of these imperiled animals shows that there…

Ancient Pronghorn Path Becomes First U.S. Wildlife Migration Corridor

Article: Ancient Pronghorn Path Becomes First U.S. Wildlife Migration Corridor

JACKSON, Wyoming, June 17, 2008 (ENS) – To protect the 150-mile round-trip movement of pronghorn in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the U.S. Forest Service has established the nation’s first designated wildlife migration corridor – the Path of the Pronghorn. This seasonal movement of pronghorn antelope, Antilocapra americana, between Grand Teton National Park and the Upper…

Mercury Poisoning Found in Northeast Loons

Article: Mercury Poisoning Found in Northeast Loons

NEW YORK, New York, March 4, 2008 (ENS) – The call of the loon has sounded over the waters of northeast lakes for centuries. Now those lakes are polluted with so much mercury that the loons are being poisoned, new research shows. A long-term study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the BioDiversity Research Institute, and…

Study: Thailand Could Support 2,000 Tigers

Article: Study: Thailand Could Support 2,000 Tigers

NEW YORK, New York, December 20, 2007 (ENS) – Conservationists estimate that today 5,000 tigers remain in the wild, down from 100,000 tigers that inhabited Asia alone just 150 years ago. Now, a new study of the potential for tigers to survive in Thailand has hope soaring that the endangered big cats may not be…