The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895, saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks. The Global Conservation Program (GCP) within WCS oversees the conservation work of WCS in 62 countries around the world, with a budgetary expenditure of $82.4 million in 2012. Headquartered at the Bronx Zoo in New York City, GCP has approximately 2,500 staff working on over 500 projects around the world.
Our conservation strategies recognize that terrestrial and marine protected areas must be integrated into the broader ecological, social, and economic spaces that surround them if their biodiversity and productivity are to be sustained. We help governments and communities to establish and manage protected areas and reserves, render them more effective, integrate them into the complex land-use matrices that surround them, and ensure the habitat connectivity that meets the ecological requirements of species of conservation concern.
Through effective partnerships with local people, WCS has also pioneered innovative solutions to safeguarding wildlife and sustainable livelihoods by developing economic incentives for biodiversity conservation.