The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Battle to Protect Iconic Species

First in a series by Leo Carter (LBJ MGPS Student) covering his internship at the Wildlife Conservation Society. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895 in New York City, achieved its first major success when it helped to save the American Bison from extinction. Since then, aside from managing the zoos and aquariums of New York City, the organization has expanded to 500 conservation projects in 60 countries with the ambitious goal of protecting 50% of the world’s biodiversity. What makes WCS unique among wildlife NGOs is that its activist and lobbying divisions are directly supported by a strong base of scientists and conservationists in...

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