Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), established in the United States in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, is an international conservation organization that saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. With long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes and seascapes, presence in nearly 60 countries, and experience helping to establish and manage 288 protected areas across the globe, WCS applies its biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities.  Working with local communities and partner governments, that knowledge is applied to address threats to species, habitats and ecosystem services, and issues critical to improving the quality of life of local people whose livelihoods often depend on natural resources. WCS's goal, outlined in our 2020 strategy, is to conserve the world's largest wild places in 15 priority regions, which are home to more than 50% of the world's biodiversity .