By Colin Poole | May 21, 2020

Endangered Giant Ibis, Cambodia. Credit: Phann Sithan WCS

In a rare piece of COVID-19 good news, the Thai government recently announced that endangered leatherback turtles are returning to nesting beaches now devoid of tourists. However, at the same time, I was being interviewed by the BBC concerning the loss of three of one of Cambodia’s rarest birds, the giant ibis-acts we believe to be linked to the economic hardships of rural families brought about by the same crisis.

The protected areas of remote northern Cambodia where the giant ibis were killed are…


By Alonzo Johnson | July 23, 2021

Alonzo with Junebug, an African Crested Porcupine, enjoying time in the Animal Encounters classroom. Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

The natural world and the millions of animals that inhabit and help maintain it have always been major sources of inspiration for me. However, growing up in the heart of New York City, finding opportunities to gain immediate access to the great outdoors often proved challenging, and so I desperately latched onto every chance that presented itself.

For much of my early childhood, that included long adventures through NYC’s Central Park and later scouring the internet to try and identify all the local fauna…


National Zoo Keeper Week 2021

By Lauren Del Grosso | July 21, 2021

Tiger training at the training wall in Bronx Zoo’s Tiger Mountain pavilion. Photo credit: ©Bronx Zoo Mammal Department

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought my career would turn out exactly how I envisioned it when I was younger. When I was as young as three, I had an incredible animal experience that forever shaped my life.

My mother had brought my sister and me to a zoo for the day. We strolled through the park when my mother decided to stop in front of the tiger exhibit. …


Shark Week 2021

By Jeanne Brown | July 16, 2021

Wide and beautiful estuary in the Bajo Baudo, Chocó. Photo credit: Javier Silva/WCS

A species of stingray previously thought to be found only in Eastern Tropical Pacific coastal waters ranging from Mexico to Panama, has been observed south of its known range in a marine protected area (MPA) in coastal Colombia.


By Thomas Mutton | July 15, 2021

The Admiralty cuscusis is a nocturnal cat-sized marsupial found on the heavily forested tropical island of Manus. Photo credit: ©WCS Papua New Guinea Program

Manus Island is one of the world’s biodiversity jewels. It is the largest of the Admiralty Islands, located in the remote Bismarck Archipelago, and is the namesake of Papua New Guinea’s Manus Province. At its heart lies the largest remaining forest in the Admiralty Islands — the stunning Great Central Forest, which covers approximately one-third of the island (some 70,000 hectares).

The Great Central Forest is globally recognized as a Key Biodiversity Area, cementing its status as one of the most important places in the world for wildlife. It contains many unique and…


World Oceans Day 2021

By Luke Warwick | June 8, 2021

Shortfin Mako shark. Photo credit: ©Andy Murch

The ocean’s top predators are in decline. We now know that sharks and their flattened relatives, rays, are one of the most threatened groups of vertebrates on the planet. A third of the one thousand-plus species are already at imminent threat of extinction, and some, such as open ocean shark populations, have plummeted 70 percent in the last 50 years.

The major threats are overfishing, with sharks and rays still poorly managed or un-managed throughout much of the world despite high levels of catch, and international trade in their products, such as fins…


World Oceans Day 2021

By Tim McClanahan | June 8, 2021

Dr. Tim McClanahan underwater surveying coral reefs in coastal Tanzania. Photo credit: ©Michael Markovina

“Everything is connected” is a truism frequently expressed by ecologists. It’s an adage that practicing ecologists like myself keep in mind. While practically speaking this aphorism rarely commands my daily attention, which is more frequently focused on more specific intricacies of nature, there are times when I look up and, once again, recognize its simple truth.

This aha moment recently resurfaced during my ongoing investigations into the drama of marine life in East Africa. I realized that Kilimanjaro and corals were connected, and to the benefit of corals. …


ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLAND HERITAGE MONTH 2021

By Donna Doherty | May 28, 2021

There is a saying that you can’t go home again, but five years ago I returned “home” to the Bronx Zoo. The Bronx Zoo was literally my backyard when I was growing up. My father was a curator there for 37 years.

Growing up, I loved going to work with him on weekends and getting the chance to ride around the zoo and see the animals. The Children’s Zoo-the old Children’s Zoo-was one of the places that I have memories of visiting as a…


By Hugo Costa | May 21, 2021

Rhampholeon nebulauctor, a threatened chameleon (Vulnerable) endemic from Mount Chiperone KBA, credit: Harith Farooq

Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are the most important places in the world for the persistence of biodiversity. This year, Endangered Species Day and the International Day for Biodiversity (May 21 and May 22 respectively) are being celebrated in Mozambique in a very particular way: 29 KBAs are being presented to the country and the world by the Minister of Land and Environment of Mozambique.

Mozambique has a notable abundance of natural resources and biodiversity that are vital pillars for the country’s sustainable development. The country’s mostly rural population depends on biodiversity and ecosystem…


ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLAND HERITAGE MONTH 2021

By Cora Kim | May 18, 2021

Cora with Przewalski’s horses in Wild Asia at the Bronx Zoo. Credit: Joanne McGillicuddy/WCS

By age 10, I knew my career would focus on animals and that nothing else would be as fulfilling or worthwhile. What I didn’t know at the time was how difficult that seemingly simple undertaking would become, how long I’d have to work to reach that point, or how lonely it would be.

As a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens, my love of animals was unknowingly planted by my father, because he believed being in nature was the only worthwhile escape…

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