Happy Thanksgiving from the Wildlife Conservation Society...and our many furry, scaly, splashy, snowy, wild representatives across the globe.
For the first time in our history, a pair of snow leopard cubs has been born at Central Park Zoo, closely following the birth of another cub in the Bronx earlier this year.
After eight rare duck species produced chicks this year, the zoo is aflutter beautiful waterfowl from around the world. Our breeding program for sea ducks—important indicators of the health of coastal marine environments—has grown successfully since its launch four years ago. Some two dozen species are now on exhibit, many of which are either uncommon in zoos or endangered in the wild.
It is estimated that more than 20 million people visited Gus at the Central Park Zoo throughout his lifetime. Millions of New Yorkers grew up with the polar bear. He was born at the Toledo Zoo in 1985 and came to the Central Park Zoo in 1988.
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