Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. Our story began in the early 1900’s when we successfully helped the American bison recover on the Western Plains. Today, we protect 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 our world’s amazing seascapes.

During our 115 years, we have forged the power of our global conservation work and the management of our five parks in New York City to create the world’s most comprehensive conservation organization. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Our parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park ZooProspect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo.

With a commitment to protect 25 percent of the world’s biodiversity, we address four of the biggest issues facing wildlife and wild places: climate change; natural resource exploitation; the connection between wildlife health and human health; and the sustainable development of human livelihoods. While taking on these issues, we manage more than 200 million acres of protected lands around the world, with more than 200 scientists on staff.

The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors each year, and help the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation issues.

Our history, dating back to ensuring the survival of the American bison, inspires our work each day. We hope our work in turn inspires millions to take action to protect the natural resources that are so important to all life on our fragile Earth.

EIN

13-1740011

CFC Code

10898

CFD Code

1479796

King County Charity Code

2524

Address

Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard
New York
NY
10460-1099

Phone number

(718) 220-5090

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Featured story

 
New camera traps are allowing conservationists to take brief video clips, which are providing a rare glimpse into wildlife behavior. WCS has released new camera trap footage from the wilds of Thailand’s Western Forest Complex, home to elephants, tigers, sun bears, and other rare animals. The footage reveals intimate scenes of wildlife in action that few people ever see: A tigress and her cubs feed on a kill, leopards and dholes stop to investigate scents, and a clouded leopard—normally so heavily camouflaged that it can hide in plain sight—walks by.
 
 
 

Mission

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.