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WCS to Hold Seventh Annual Sip for the Sea Benefit at the Central Park Zoo

Sustainable seafood and perfect wine pairings will be front and center at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s seventh annual Sip for the Sea – a benefit that showcases and celebrates WCS’s marine conservation and education work at the New York Aquarium and around the globe.

Sip for the Sea will take place at the Central Park Zoo on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will help further the mission of WCS and the New York Aquarium to save wildlife and wild places.

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New York Aquarium Announces Family-Friendly Events to Support the Environment

For the past 20 years, members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have celebrated our planet with annual Party For The Planet® events. The New York Aquarium will commemorate the annual Party for the Planet® celebration with two events. On June 1st there will be a volunteer clean-up of Coney Island Creek, bringing attention to this urban waterway that is now the focus of a revitalization effort. On the following Saturday, June 8th, the aquarium will celebrate World Ocean’s Day with a “March for the Ocean”, a parade on the Coney Island Boardwalk to highlight the challenges posed by plastic waste to the waters of New York and celebrate New York’s commitment to healthier, cleaner waters. 

 

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Endangered Penguins Increase Their Colony at New York Aquarium
The WCS New York Aquarium’s breeding program for the African black-footed penguin (Spheniscus demersus) has successfully added four more chicks to its colony.
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11th Annual “WCS Run for the Wild” at the Bronx Zoo
The 2019 WCS Run for the Wild marks the 11th anniversary of the Bronx Zoo’s 5K event dedicated to saving wildlife and wild places.  The annual 5K race and family fun run/walk are scheduled for Saturday, April 27.  Runners, walkers, and wildlife supporters are invited to participate.
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River Ready: NYC Parks’ Presents the Third Annual “Running of the Fish” in Bronx River at the Bronx Zoo
NYC Parks, in partnership with the Bronx River Alliance, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) today came together to stock the Bronx River at the Bronx Zoo with 400 alewife, a type of river herring.
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WCS applauds Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly for including in the state budget $300M of historic funding for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), and a $1M increase in funding to the Zoos, Botanical Gardens, and Aquariums (ZBGA) Program.  
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WCS Commends Governor Cuomo for Plastic Bag Ban
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) applauds Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly for their leadership in banning single-use plastic bags in this year’s budget. 
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WCS’s “9 for ‘19”: Nine Iconic Wildlife Species that will Actually do Better this Year
WCS scientists in our Global Conservation Program and in our zoos and aquarium issued a list of nine iconic wildlife species that are recovering in 2019 due to conservation action.
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WCS: Thank You Mayor de Blasio For Keeping Momentum Behind Movement to Ban Plastic Straws in New York City
In his State of the City address yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio reaffirmed his support to ban plastic straws in New York City.
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New York Aquarium Joins Other Aquariums and State Leaders in Opposition to Atlantic Coast Blasting
A coalition of major public aquariums has announced that they are opposed to the federal government’s pending issuance of permits to allow repeated seismic blasting along the East Coast in search of offshore oil and gas. Marine scientists are concerned that the prolonged and extreme noise pollution introduced into already highly stressed ocean environments will disturb marine life from tiny plankton to commercially valuable fish stocks and even giant whales.
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