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WCS’s Queens Zoo Welcomes New York Mets Players and Students from P.S. 143Q

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Flushing, N.Y. – June 16, 2016 – ATTACHED PHOTO – WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo staff is pictured with New York Mets players James Loney and Matt Reynolds, and students from P.S. 143Q. Queens Zoo Director and Animal Curator Scott Silver is in the front, kneeling.

Mets players James Loney and Matt Reynolds joined about a dozen fifth graders from P.S. 143Q, Corona, in making enrichment buckets for the zoo’s Andean bears. The buckets were filled with various fruits such as watermelon slices that were then frozen and placed in their exhibit by zookeepers. Treats such are often given to the bears to provide a stimulating activity that helps keep them active and healthy.

The group also went to the zoo’s farm area to learn about horses and other domestic animals. The event was part of the Amazin’ City program where the Mets take students to New York City landmarks and cultural institutions.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo – Open every day of the year. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park in Queens. For further information, call 718-271-1500 or visit

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.