WCS is an international NGO whose mission is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. Its goal is to conserve the world's largest wild places in 15 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the planet's biodiversity. WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.
WCS currently manages about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries and educates millions of visitors at its five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting the planet.
WCS works across 5.8 million square kilometers, both land and sea, protecting 40 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and 55 percent of its marine biodiversity.
In 2013 WCS developed a new strategy called WCS: 2020. Some examples of the outcome of this strategy are:
· WCS convened 17 conservation groups and developed a new partnership to save African forest elephants;
· WCS launched an advocacy campaign called 96 Elephants to end the poaching of nearly 35,000 elephants every year in Africa;
WCS is supporting the management of 8 of the 19 World Heritage sites that have been declared Sites in Danger.