Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society was formed in 1895. During its formation, it was called the New York Zoological Society. The society manages around 200 million acres of protected land and has over 500 conservation projects across 60 countries. There are 5 facilities in New York that are run by the Wildlife Conservation Society and these include the Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, the New York Aquarium, the Prospect Zoo and the Queens Zoo.

Some of the animals and creatures that the society protects include gorillas in the Congo, wolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies and tigers in India. Some of the issues that affect wild spaces and wildlife that the Wildlife Conservation Society is concerned with are climate and climate changes, natural resource exploitation, the relationship between wildlife and human health and the sustainable development of human livelihood.

One extremely talked about project that the society has taken up is the Manhattan project. This is a project in which the Wildlife Conservation Society has taken it upon itself to create a map of the way in which Manhattan looked like when it was discovered in 1609 by Henry Hudson. The mapping is supposed to cover the streams that flowed through the island, the species of trees that grew, the animals that were found in the surrounding areas and more. The project also aims at looking at the manner in which development has changed the ecosystem of what was once called the "land of many hills".

The tiger project realizes that the tiger is an endangered species as there are only about 3000 tigers that live in the wild today. The biggest threat to their lives is poaching and destruction of the habitat that they are can survive and thrive in. Wildlife Conservation Society is dedicated to save the 1000 remaining female tigresses that are breeding. They work in 9 countries across Asia to ensure that there is adequate prey available for them and that the habitat that they thrive in is not destroyed.


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