Op-Eds & Blogs
News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
Op-Eds & Blogs
May 11, 2010
The WCS Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium Face a Draconian 42 Percent Cut in City Funding
Wildlife Conservation Society Launches Petition Campaign to Restore City Funding to the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium Biggest Cut in 10 Years Sign the Petition BRONX, NY – May 7, 2010 – Today, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced the launch of a petition campaign to save the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium from draconian cuts to its city funding. The campaign is aimed to build massive community support behind efforts t...
May 07, 2010
New Additions to the Lion Family at WCS’s Bronx Zoo
These three African lion cubs at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo need names. Go to bronxzoo.com and help give them their identity. Here, the cubs playfully run around with each other, as mom, Sukari, and dad, M’wasi, closely watch. Born in January, these adorable cubs love exploring their African Plains exhibit. A recent study showed there are less than 29,000 lions left in Africa; most of these are living in protected areas and reserves. WCS conservation field staff is on the gro...
May 03, 2010
WCS's Central Park Zoo’s Newest Addition is a Site to Sea
New York, N.Y. – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park zoo has visitors awing over its newest animal addition: an adorable new California sea lion pup. “Bruiser,” as he’s named, was born in WCS’s Bronx Zoo last year. After a brief stay at WCS’s New York Aquarium, he’s finally made his home in Central Park and is quickly getting adjusted to his new urban home. On exhibit with fellow sea lions April and Scooter, Bruiser is one baby who likes to stay active. He spends most of his tim...
April 30, 2010
The Pride of New York: WCS's Bronx Zoo Debuts Triplet African Lion Cubs
Triplets are the second litter born in a year; previous litter was 32 years agoThe First Day the Cubs Can be Seen: Friday, April 30See the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp4vhO-vcNc Bronx, N.Y. – April 30, 2010 – Today, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo debuts the new pride of the zoo – three lion cubs. The triplet African lions are the second litter born at WCS’s Bronx Zoo in a year – after more than three decades. They can be spotted with their mother, S...
April 26, 2010
BABY BOOM Two More Babies Make Their Debut As “Animal Tales Extravaganza” Continues at WCS’s Bronx Zoo
Brown collared lemur and silver leaf langur are the latest zoo-babies to thrill zoo-goers Fifteen year old pop sensation Jasmine Sagginario – winner of Radio Disney’s “N.B.T.”(Next Big Thing) – headlines the biggest “Animal Tales Extravaganza” weekend yet Bronx, N.Y. – April 26, 2010 – As the 13- weekend long Animal Tales Extravaganza continues, the entertainment keeps getting better, and the spring baby-boom at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo continues to “wow”...
April 14, 2010
The People of New York Take Action to Save Zoos, Botanical Gardens, and Aquariums
More than 34,000 messages sent to AlbanyBusinesses and community groups ask Albany to reject Governor Paterson’s proposed cut and save local economy New York, NY –– April 14, 2010 –– Today, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the organization that operates the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium, announced the results of the petition drive asking Albany reject Governor Paterson’s proposed cut to ZBGA – the name of the state budget line funding 80 New York State zoos, botanical gardens and aq...
April 06, 2010
Meet and Greet a California Sea Lion at WCS's New York Aquarium
An Educational Sea Lion Encounter Program Begins for the Season Brooklyn, NY (April 6, 2010) – Catch one of the daily Sea Lion Celebrations in the Aquatheater at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium. Afterwards, book a Sea Lion Encounter to ask questions and get up close with the personable sea lion celebrities. Visitors who sign up for the encounter will receive a meet-and-greet session with one of the Aquarium’s California sea lions. Encounters occur every day after t...
April 05, 2010
WCS and Turtle Survival Alliance Predict Extinction for Madagascar’s Radiated Tortoise
Illegal hunting for meat and pet trade is wiping out critically endangered species Reports of “truckloads” of tortoises being shipped to local marketsEntire forests now devoid of tortoises NEW YORK (April 5, 2010) –A team of biologists from the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported today that Madagascar’s radiated tortoise – considered one of the most beautiful tortoise species – is rapidly nearing extinction due to ram...
March 26, 2010
WCS Congratulates Reps. Carnahan and Fortenberry on Introducing the 2010 Global Conservation Act
“This legislation represents the United States’ best chance to address the international conservation crisis head on, thereby preserving our health and security and preventing the extinction of millions of species worldwide.”WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 26, 2010 – John Calvelli, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, applauded the leadership of Reps. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) with the introduction of H.R. 4959, the Global Conservation A...
March 17, 2010
Sea Lions Are Jumping into Spring at WCS’s Bronx Zoo
Indy, a female California sea lion, “porpoises” during an enrichment activity at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo. The animal keepers at the Bronx Zoo provide daily enrichment, like training, to the animals to help keep them mentally and physically active and healthy. California sea lions are strong swimmers and divers. The sea lion pool is located on Astor Court and is home to two additional adults and two young sea lion pups born last summer. Enrichment session are daily at 10:...
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