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WCS’s Annual Gala, Celebrating the Bronx Zoo’s 125th Anniversary, Honors Its Director, Jim Breheny
New York, June 12, 2024 - The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a global conservation organization, hosted its annual gala this evening celebrating the Bronx Zoo’s 125th anniversary and paying tribute to its director, Jim Breheny. Said Breheny: “All of us here in New York and our colleagues in the field are united in the common goal of having people respect and care for nature; in protecting species and the places where they live. Through our combined work we provide hope and p...
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Central Park Zoo Releases Postmortem Testing Results for Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle Owl
New York, March 25, 2024 – The following statement was released today by Central Park Zoo: Postmortem testing has been completed for Flaco, the Eurasian eagle owl that was found down in the courtyard of a Manhattan building a little over a year after his enclosure at the Central Park Zoo was vandalized on February 2, 2023. Onlookers reported that Flaco had flown into a building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on February 23, 2024, and acute trauma was found at necropsy. Bronx Zoo...
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Central Park Zoo Photo and Video Release
New York, March 15, 2024 — Two lambs are debuting at the Central Park Zoo, Bobbin and Sage. Born this winter, Bobbin, 7 weeks old; and Sage, 3 weeks old have joined a flock of 8 adult sheep in the Tisch Children’s Zoo. Bobbin and Sage are harlequin sheep, a new breed for Central Park Zoo since 2022. Harlequin sheep were developed in Virginia about 40 years ago through crossbreeding eight different breeds to produce a hardy, docile, miniature polled...
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WCS Honors Head of GEF, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, for His Lifelong Achievements for Biodiversity

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) tonight at its gala at Central Park Zoo honored Carlos Manuel Rodríguez for his life-long dedication fighting for nature in his homeland of Costa Rica and now for the world as CEO and Chair of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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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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WCS Annual Gala Celebrates Conservation for a Sustainable Future

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) hosted its annual gala tonight, honoring Jeff Bezos, founder of the Bezos Earth Fund, for his commitment to conserving nature and fighting climate change.

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WCS Annual Gala at Central Park Zoo Celebrates Conservation for a Sustainable Future

On Thursday, September 23, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) hosted its annual gala honoring businessman and philanthropist David Bonderman for his dedication to conservation causes.

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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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