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WCS’s Queens Zoo Helps Howler Monkeys Thrive in Belize

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WCS’s Queens Zoo Helps Howler Monkeys Thrive in Belize
(May 17, 2017) Howler monkeys were translocated in Belize’s Cockscomb Reserve in the early 1990s after vanishing years earlier WCS’s Queens Zoo Director Scott Silver helped translocate howler monkeys 25 years ago and led recent surveys WCS reports that 66 individuals were recently counted with evidence of many more Female howler monkey in tree (CREDIT MARGARET SNYDER) NEW YORK (May 17, 2017) – Recent WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo surveys of black howler monke...

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Punta Fuego Celebrates a Successful First Season as Belize’s Hottest Radio Drama

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Punta Fuego Celebrates a Successful First Season as Belize’s Hottest Radio Drama
(December 16, 2016) Belize City, Belize, December 16 — The first season of Punta Fuego may have come to a close, but thanks to its roaring success it will officially be back on air next June! By the end of its first season the hit radio show has given us many causes for celebration, including elevating the importance of ordinary Belizean fishers and of sustainable fishing practices. As one Hopkins fisher exclaimed, “finally there is a show about us.” Another fisher, thi...

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Belize’s Glover’s Reef Providing Refuge For New Generation of Sea Turtles

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Belize’s Glover’s Reef Providing Refuge For New Generation of Sea Turtles
(November 29, 2016)   WCS led survey finds more than 1,000 threatened hawksbill sea turtles Innovative and robust monitoring protocol used for in-water turtle assessments Sea turtle abundance a validation for protection of coral reefs NEW YORK (November 29, 2016) —A new generation of threatened hawksbill sea turtles is thriving in the protected waters of Glover’s Reef Atoll, Belize, evidence that efforts to protect these and other marine species in one of the world’s grea...

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Belize Implements National Sustainable Fisheries Reforms

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Belize Implements National Sustainable Fisheries Reforms
(June 15, 2016) Secure Fishing Rights Approach Serves as Global Model for Small-Scale Fisheries (Belmopan, Belize – June 15, 2016) This week Belize becomes the first country in the world to adopt a national, multispecies secure fishing rights program for all of its small-scale fisheries. After a long struggle to address illegal and open-access fishing, a partnership of fishing communities and non-governmental organizations, under the leadership of Belize’s Fisheries Department, created a...

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WCS Scientist Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

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WCS Scientist Honored by Queen Elizabeth II
(January 08, 2016) WCS’s Janet Gibson appointed as MBE for conservation work in Belize NEW YORK (January 8, 2016) – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has appointed WCS’s Janet Gibson as a member to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her contribution to environmental protection. Each year Queen Elizabeth II honors citizens of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for various achievements and service. Gibson, who retired from WCS at the end of 2015, has been a st...

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Spiny Lobster Abundance Study at Glover’s Reef, Belize Finds Fishery in Good Shape

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(February 02, 2015) WCS and other scientist groups recommend fishers increase the size limit for caught lobsters to further strengthen protection Study provides proof that no-take zones help protect marine resources NEW YORK (February 2, 2015)—A recent study conducted in the waters of Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve in Belize by the Wildlife Conservation Society and its partners has revealed good news for spiny lobsters: the abundance of these commercially valuable crustaceans should support local f...

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WCS Announces Winners of “NY is Wild” Photo Safari

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(December 04, 2014) Season-long social media contest commemorated 120th anniversary of WCS founding Prizes include a trip to Belize to see WCS conservation work first-hand New York – Dec. 4, 2015 – This summer, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) celebrated the 120th anniversary of its founding with a city-wide social media photo safari, and has announced the winners of a suite of prizes that includes a trip to Belize to witness WCS field conservationists in action. Registe...

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Belize Prime Minister’s Wife Visits Glover’s Reef Atoll

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(September 19, 2014) NEW YORK (September 19, 2014) – Kim Simplis Barrow, wife of Belize’s Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Special Envoy for Women and Children, recently visited the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Research Station on Middle Caye, Glover’s Reef Atoll on what could only be described as a picture perfect day. During the visit she was given a glimpse into the world of marine conservation with presentations on the almost two decades of support that WCS has provided...

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Belize’s Lobster, Conch, and Fish Populations Rebuild in No-Take Zones

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(July 11, 2014) New report by Wildlife Conservation Society on the benefits of no-take zones for marine ecosystems and fisheries   New York (July 11, 2014)—A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that no-take zones in Belize can not only help economically valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas. The report—titled “Review of the Benefits of No-Take Zones”—represents a ...

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Sharing Environmental Concerns with Ancient Mayans

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(December 20, 2012) DECEMBER 20, 2012 - According to the ancient Mayan calendar, on 21 December, 2012, the 13th baktun – a calendrical measure equivalent to 144,000 days – will conclude as the next one commences. Many have interpreted this epochal transition from one era of human civilisation to another as a harbinger of apocalypse. Others believe that the turning of the Mayan calendar will mark a qualitative shift in the human relationship with the cosmos. More than a millennium ago, the ancient May...

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