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WCS Announces Favorite Wildlife Pics of 2015

NEW YORK (December 23, 2015) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) released today its favorite images of 2015. Ten of the images come from WCS’s Bronx Zoo, and ten other images were taken by WCS scientists working around the world.  WCS works in nearly 60 nations and in all the world's oceans saving wildlife and wild places.

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CAPTIONS: WCS Bronx Zoo images

0718 – A pair of lesser adjutant storks served as surrogate parents to a chick hatched from an abandoned egg. This pair raised the chick along with one of their own. CREDIT: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

1646 – This North American porcupine pup was born at Bronx Zoo’s Children’s Zoo shortly after it reopened after undergoing extensive renovations. CREDIT: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

3517 – An Asian small-clawed otter alongside a pup born at JungleWorld in the summer of 2015. CREDIT: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

5055 – A scarlet macaw flies over Astor Court in front of historic Zoo Center during a free-flight bird show in May. CREDIT: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

6124 – An adult female gelada baboon carries her baby on her back in the zoo’s Baboon Reserve. This was the first gelada born at the Bronx Zoo in 13 years. The Bronx Zoo is the only zoo in the U.S. to exhibit the species. CREDIT: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

6157 – The zoo’s Aquatic Bird House is home to a colony of little blue penguins. This was a new species for the Bronx Zoo in 2015. CREDIT: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

7500 – The Bronx Zoo welcomed two baby western lowland gorillas in 2015. This youngster is content to hitch a ride on his mom’s back. CREDIT: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

7813 – An adult female western lowland gorilla holds her baby in Congo Gorilla Forest. CREDIT:  Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

8506 – Squirrel monkeys at the newly renovated Children’s Zoo. CREDIT:  Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

8618 – This giant anteater is one of the new species added to the Children’s Zoo in 2015. CREDIT:  Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

CAPTIONS: WCS Global Conservation Programs Images

001 – A Fito leaf chameleon, one of many species found exclusively on the island of Madagascar. CREDIT: Felx Ratelolahy/WCS.

002 – A shy-looking Asian elephant caught by a camera trap in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary of Thailand.  CREDIT: Dept. of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and WCS Thailand Program.

003 – In Shimla District, Himachal Pradesh, India, this leopard is a regular backyard visitor. CREDIT: WCS-India/Himachal Pradesh Forest Department

004 – A snow Leopard rubs up for a great camera trap pic in the Hindu Kush Mountains in the Wakhan Corridor of Badakhshan Province.  CREDIT: WCS Afghanistan

005 – A lowland tapir camera trapped by WCS Ecuador’s camera traps located at Arajuno and Villano, in the Amazon. CREDIT: WCS Ecuador Program.

006 – A puma relaxing on the ground in the Ecuadorian Amazon. CREDIT: WCS Ecuador Program

007 – A giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) captured by a camera trap in the Ecuadorian Amazon. CREDIT: WCS Ecuador Program.

008 – A jaguar rests in a treetop in the flooded forest of Brazil’s Mamiraua Sustainable Reserve. CREDIT: Carlos Durican/WCS Brazil.

009 – A WCS scientist surveys coral reefs in Madagascar's first community-led Marine Protected Areas near Nosy Be. Credit: Emily Darling/WCS

010 – Not just any old frog, but a new species discovered this year during WCS’s Identidad Madidi expedition. CREDIT: Mileniusz Spanowicz WCS

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, 5:30 p.m. weekends from April to October; 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m November to March. Adult admission is $16.95, children (3-12 years old) $12.95, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $14.95. Parking is $15 for cars and $18 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit or call 718-367-1010. Follow @TheBronxZoo.