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16th Annual WCS Run For The Wild to Protect Iconic Snow Leopards & Other Wildlife
BRONX, N.Y. — March 7, 2024 — You probably can’t outrun a snow leopard, but you may be able to help protect them at the 16th annual WCS Run For The Wild 5K run and 3K family fun run/walk on Saturday, April 27, at the Bronx Zoo. Each year, more than 5,000 runners, walkers, and wildlife supporters participate and help raise awareness of the threats facing wildlife while fundraising to support the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) conservation work at the Bronx Zoo an...
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Bronx, NY – Feb. 2, 2024 – The WCS 8th Annual Youth JIVE event is geared towards youth ages 14-26 and encourages local youth to attend and learn more about employment and volunteer opportunities across the WCS Zoos and Aquarium in New York City. The 8th Annual Youth JIVE returns on Saturday, February 3, 2024, and it will take place in Schiff Family Great Hall at the Bronx Zoo. The event will run from 11:00am to 1:00pm for those ages 16-26, where they will meet with hiring man...
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Bronx Zoo Re-Joins Zoo and Aquarium Efforts to Breed Endangered Sunda Gharial
Bronx, NY, January 26, 2024 – Visitors to the Bronx Zoo can view three newly acquired Sunda gharial in the World of Reptiles. The three male siblings, about five years old, that were hatched at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans will be raised at the Bronx Zoo to support the propagation efforts of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Sunda Gharial Species Survival Plan (SSP). The Bronx Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to successfully hatch the Sunda gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii...
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Bronx Zoo Debuts Rarely Seen Endangered Mangshan Pit Viper Hatchling In World of Reptiles Nursery
NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2023 -- Mangshan pit vipers (Protobothrops mangshanensis) are seldom encountered in the wild, but visitors to the Bronx Zoo now have an opportunity to observe a hatchling in the nursery at the World of Reptiles. Among the world’s rarest snake species, the venomous, vividly colored Mangshan pit viper was only discovered in 1990 and is believed to exist in the wild solely within a 115-square-mile (300-square-kilometer) area of densely forested mountains in southeast Chi...
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’Tis the Season (Almost)! NYC’s Must-See Holiday Tradition, Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights, Will Return in November With New Lanterns and Interactive Light Experiences

When the sun goes down, the lights will begin to shine as Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights returns. With nearly 400 lanterns representing 100 animal and plant species, this family-friendly tradition, presented by Con Edison, connects visitors with real wildlife and wild places throughout the holiday season.

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WCS Library and Archives Awarded CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Library and Archives has been awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources’ Recordings at Risk grant to digitize and make accessible films created by WCS’s Department of Tropical Research (DTR). 

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Pumpkins Nights at the Bronx Zoo: A Half-Mile Jack-O’-Lantern Trail to Debut Sept. 28 as the Newest Fall Experience in New York City-Area

Pumpkin Nights at the Bronx Zoo, with more than 5,000 carved, animal-themed pumpkins over a half-mile jack-o’-lantern trail, will debut Thursday, September 28th with live pumpkin carving demonstrations, games, festive fall treats and food trucks, and fun for all ages. 

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium will reopen today as the air quality in the area has improved.

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Due to the continuing air quality alert in New York City and concern for our staff, visitors and animals, our four zoos and our aquarium -- Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, New York Aquarium -- will remain closed.

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Due to the rising air quality index, and out of concern for our staff, visitors, and animals, the WCS parks -- Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, -- closed at 3pm today. 

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