Friday, March 06, 2009

Kids Power Up To Help Wildlife Programs

Students at various local schools march in to New York Governor David Paterson's office in order to show representatives how their learning will receive a negative impact if the $9 million state budget for the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums program fund were elimnated.

The Students came from the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation and PS 81 (Bronx, NY,) the Rachel Carson High School of Coastal Studies (Coney Island, Brooklyn) and IS 230 (Queens, NY), and they presented over 12,000 letters and petitions, as well as drawings from students. for their cause.

In a press release sent out by the
Wildlife Convservation Organization states:
To-date more than 70,000 messages, including petitions and emails have been sent to Albany asking that zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums get the funding they need as they face dwindling private donations and repercussions due to a volatile stock market.

The Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums are integral to our state’s local communities, attracting more than 12 million tourists a year that also help local merchants with revenue.

If ZBGA funding is eliminated and state support for WCS along with it, it will mean that a great cultural institution chartered by the state in 1895 will receive absolutely no support from state government. It is tantamount to the state’s abdication of commitment to its own chartered organizations.

The WCS is asking New Yorkers to send a message of support to Albany by going to

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