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Dr. Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO, Steps Down After Ten Years to Join the Bezos Earth Fund

Dr. Cristián Samper will step down as President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society later this year. He will become the Managing Director and Leader of Nature Solutions at the Bezos Earth Fund, leading a $3 billion nature solutions portfolio to protect and restore nature and transform food systems to help combat climate change as part of Jeff Bezos’ $10 billion personal commitment to driving climate and nature solutions.

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NEWS FROM CoP26: WCS and Zoo and Aquarium Partners Launch #FramingOurFuture Campaign to Support Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change

Harnessing the power of AZA accredited zoos and aquariums across 46 states who reach 200 million people each year, the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today #FramingOurFuture – a partner-based campaign aimed at zoo visitors, as well as digital audiences, about how their actions to protect nature will support our climate. 

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A WCS Tribute Upon the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
ON THE EVE OF THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11, we have issued a message remembering those we lost and all who responded on that day and through the years at home and abroad.
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WCS and its Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium join the Global Coalition for Biodiversity

One week before the 1st ever UN Summit on Biodiversity (NYC, 30 September), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium have joined the European Commission Global Coalition for Biodiversity, calling for stronger mobilization in communicating about the nature crisis facing the planet.

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New York Aquarium Welcomes Harbor Seal Pup
A harbor seal pup (Phoca vitulina) was born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium while the facility remains temporarily closed to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Follow the New York Aquarium’s California Sea Lion Pup On Social Media

 

The New York Aquarium is temporarily closed as New York City deals with the COVID-19 crisis. During the closure, the animal care staff remains focused on the health and well-being of the animals – including the latest addition to the Sea Cliffs exhibit. Erie, a California sea lion pup (Zalophus californianus) born this fall, will be ready to greet visitors when the aquarium re-opens.

 


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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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