Your help is urgently needed to save the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium from severe state budget cuts proposed by Governor Paterson. This year alone, 76 living museums across New York State, like the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium, are singled out for the largest cut — 55 percent - and next year, all state funding through the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program (ZBGA) in his proposed budget will permanently be eliminated. If enacted this proposal would have a devastating impact with long-term, unprecedented repercussions both locally and state wide.
As you know, the Wildlife Conservation Society manages the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks that includes the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium. The Bronx Zoo had approximately two million visitors in 2008- roughly half of who live in New York City. The Bronx Zoo provides free informal science education to approximately one million children and adults each year. The New York Aquarium welcomed more than 746,000 visitors last year. As one of the largest attractions in Brooklyn, the New York Aquarium plays a central role in the quality of life of its residents. Both facilities are signature New York attractions with global stature and reach. Further, we generate millions of dollars each year for the state in tourism and economic development. We know we need to be a part of a budget solution; all we are asking is for the governor to use a scalpel as opposed to an ax when making funding decisions.
Time is of the essence. We need your help to send a message to Albany that these devastating cuts to the ZBGA are unacceptable. Click this link and make a difference. Or you can call Governor Paterson’s office immediately at (518) 474-8390 and ask him to save the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium funding.
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The staff at the Wildlife Conservation Society, and 20,000 animals thank you.