What it is
Today, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) protects many of the world’s iconic creatures here and abroad, including gorillas in the Congo, tigers in India, wolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies, and ocean giants in the world’s awe-inspiring seascapes.
Why it was founded
The WCS was founded in 1895 for the purpose of saving wildlife and wild places around the world. One of its first missions in the early 1900s was to help the American bison recover on the Western Plains. The success of this mission continues to help WCS inspire millions to take action to protect the natural resources that are so important to life on our fragile planet.
How it's made a difference
In the past 115 years, WCS has forged the power of global conservation work and the management of its five parks in New York City to create the world’s most comprehensive conservation organization. WCS currently manages about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries. It strives to educate millions of visitors at five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet.
WCS parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. It also manages more than 200 million acres of protected lands around the world, with more than 200 scientists on staff. With 4 million visitors to WCS parks in New York City annually, adults and schoolchildren alike are educated on global issues and the preservation of wildlife with the ultimate goal of changing attitudes toward nature and helping people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony.
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Upcoming 2012 Walks
New York, October 6
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