“WCS Bronx Zoo”: ‘
The Bronx Zoo, located on 265 acres of hardwood forest in Bronx, NY, opened on Nov. 8, 1899. It is world-renowned for its leadership in the areas of animal welfare, husbandry, veterinary care, education, science and conservation. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the flagship park of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) which manages the world’s largest network of urban wildlife parks including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium. Our curators and animal care staff work to save, propagate, and sustain populations of threatened and endangered species. We have educated and inspired more than 400 million visitors at our zoos and aquarium since our opening and host approximately 4 million guests at our parks each year – including about a half-million students annually. The Bronx Zoo is the largest youth employer in the borough of the Bronx, providing opportunity and helping to transform lives in one of the most under-served communities in the nation. The Bronx Zoo is the subject of THE ZOO, a docu-series aired world-wide on Animal Planet. Members of the media should contact firstname.lastname@example.org (718-220-5182) or email@example.com (347-840-1242) for more information or with questions.
“WCS NYAQ”: ‘
Is open every day of the year. It is Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) which manages the world’s largest network of urban wildlife parks including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium. It is located on 14 acres along the Atlantic Coast (602 Surf Ave., Coney Island, NY) and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Fall/winter/spring hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. For directions, information on public events and programs, and other aquarium information, call 718-265-FISH or visit our web site at nyaquarium.com. Members of the media should contact firstname.lastname@example.org (718-220-5182) or email@example.com (347-840-1242) for more information or with questions.
“WCS Central Park Zoo”: ‘
Open every day of the year. General Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $7 for children 3 to 12, and free for children younger than 3. Total Experience Admission is $18.00 for adults, $15.00 for senior citizens, and $13.00 for children 3 to 12. 4-D theater admission is $4.00 for members and $7.00 for non-members. Zoo hours are 10am to 5:30 pm, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. Tickets are sold until one half-hour before closing. The zoo is located at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street. For further information, please call +1 (212) 439-6500 or visit centralparkzoo.com
“WCS Prospect Park Zoo”: ‘
The Prospect Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is one of five wildlife parks in New York City operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo). WCS). Across all of the parks, we have educated and inspired more than 400 million visitors at our zoos and aquarium since opening and host approximately 4 million guests at our parks each year – including about a half-million students annually. Our curators and animal care staff work to save, propagate, and sustain populations of threatened and endangered species. Members of the media should contact firstname.lastname@example.org (718-220-5182) or email@example.com (347-840-1242) for more information or with questions. The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Hours and rates can be found at: prospectparkzoo.com
“WCS Queens Zoo”: ‘
Open every day of the year. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park in Queens. For further information, call +1 (718) 271-1500 or visit queenszoo.com.
Panthera, founded in 2006, is devoted exclusively to preserving wild cats and their critical role in the world’s ecosystems. Panthera’s team of leading biologists, law enforcement experts and wild cat advocates develop innovative strategies based on the best available science to protect cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, pumas, snow leopards and tigers and their vast landscapes. In 50 countries around the world, Panthera works with a wide variety of stakeholders to reduce or eliminate the most pressing threats to wild cats—securing their future, and ours. Visit panthera.org.
An elephant is killed by poachers every fifteen minutes. Amphibians across the globe are facing an unparalleled disease epidemic. Fish numbers risk being matched by toxic plastic pollutants within a decade. The world’s wildlife populations have halved in just 40 years. These can be changed if we act now. International conservation charity the Zoological Society of London is working for wildlife around the world to ensure no one has to imagine a world without wildlife. Find out how to get involved at www.zsl.org/withwildlife or join the campaign online using #WithWildlife.
“MacArthur Foundation”: ‘
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy; the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago; and generating new knowledge about critical issues.
“Animal Planet”: ‘
Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the network of hit franchise series and special programming dedicated to animals and the natural world that includes RIVER MONSTERS, DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET, PIT BULLS & PAROLEES, TANKED, TREEHOUSE MASTERS, THE VET LIFE and PUPPY BOWL, the largest non-sports TV event on Super Bowl Sunday. Animal Planet is the premiere TV, digital and social community for all things animal, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality content across all Animal Planet platforms including: Animal Planet television network, available in more than 90 million homes in the U.S., that is complimented with a deep Video On Demand offering; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for animal lovers and pet owners; the Animal Planet Go app that allows viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime anywhere; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access via live cameras around the globe in a variety of animal habitats; Animal Planet Social including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @AnimalPlanet and on Snapchat as AnimalPlanetTV.
The Mission of ACE is to honor and appreciate a legacy of conservation through recognition of men and women who share their passion to conserve the great outdoors, and have made extraordinary contributions to the sustainability of nature and wildlife. The Award will recognize a conservationist’s long-term commitment to making our planet a better place, and empower people in both local and international communities to advance wildlife conservation.
“Doris Duke Charitable Foundation”: ‘
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The foundation’s Environment Program seeks to enable communities to protect and manage wildlife habitat and create efficient built environments. An awareness of climate change as the greatest emerging threat to biodiversity—and the need to aggressively mitigate it without unnecessarily sacrificing wildlife habitat—shapes the Environment Program’s grant-making priorities. For more information, visit ddcf.org.
“WCS Conservation Solutions”: ‘
Conservation Solutions partners with over 3,000 field staff across 60 countries around the biggest challenges facing WCS’s long-term conservation efforts: climate change, sustainable financing, economic and food security, and data and science gaps. Leveraging WCS’s 100-year leadership in science and field conservation, Conservation Solutions is also home to some of our newest, most innovative partnerships that transcend boundaries, including the MacArthur-funded Intact Forests initiative to protect the world’s vital carbon stores, the European Union-funded WILDMEAT Initiative, the USAID Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group, the Science for Nature and People Partnership, and the Doris Duke Climate Adaptation Fund. Working at multiple scales– from indigenous engagement to global policy fora–Conservation Solutions helps WCS and its partners deliver on a mission to save the world’s wildlife and wild places, for all people and for generations to come. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
, Malaysia |
May 23, 2019
- A black-spotted moral eel (Gymnothorax moringa) in the newly created Luconia Shoals Marine. National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia. CREDIT: Kandau/SFC.
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia) lauds the Sarawak Government for gazetting Luconia Shoals as a marine national park effective 18 October last year and formally published in the Sarawak Gazette on 17 January 2019. Located in the South China Sea over the Sunda Continental Shelf in the Malaysian Exclusive Economic Zone, Luconia Shoals is the largest marine national park in the country at over 1 million hectares.
“We acknowledge that the environmental challenges the world is facing is huge,” remarked Tuan Haji Zolkipli Aton, CEO of Sarawak Forestry Corporation. “Creating a marine park of over 1 million hectares is just one of the game-changing initiatives the State will be making to tackle those challenges. We are committed to protecting our natural resources for the betterment of our grandchildren’s futures.”
The park, which is about 163 to 180 kilometers from Sarawak’s shorelines, comprises several reefs with some features exposed during low tide. The marine park also bodes well for Malaysia’s objective to fulfil the Aichi Biodiversity Target of protecting 10 percent of national waters as protected areas. Further, the new MPA designation for Luconia Shoals could generate new opportunities for Sarawak’s ecotourism industry and local businesses.
WCS was one of the partners that provided scientific data to help examine the biological diversity of marine life, especially sharks and rays, off the coast of Sarawak. More than 30 species of sharks and 44 species of rays have been recorded in on-going surveys in various locations throughout the state. To date, measurements have been made of nearly 4,000 specimens.
“At the Wildlife Conservation Society, we applaud the Sarawak Government for taking an important step to protecting the reef, rays, wrasses, groupers, sea turtles, dolphins, and other wildlife vital to the health of the South China Sea,” said Dr. John Robinson, WCS Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science.
WCS Malaysia is headquartered in Kuching, Sarawak, with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Kahang, Johor and Kuala Rompin in Peninsular Malaysia. Currently, WCS Malaysia works to preserve four priority species – orangutans, sharks and rays, elephants, and tigers. Go to https://programs.wcs.org/malaysia/ for more information on WCS Malaysia and visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WCS.Malaysia/ for updates.