To save the zoo and aquarium from the budget cuts

The Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium need your help! Governor Paterson is proposing to eliminate our state funding for FY 2010. This proposal will affect us and 74 other living museums throughout New York that serve a vital role in our state’s environmental agenda and pump millions of dollars into our economy.

These severe cuts to the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums (ZBGA) budget line not only put New York's zoological and botanical resources at risk, but seriously compromise the financial health of the living museums that host 12 million visitors annually, and attract millions of tourism dollars to New York. Overall, the total economic activity generated by the Wildlife Conservation Society during fiscal year 2008 was $414 million.

Please sign our petition below. Let your leaders know how these severe cuts are not the way to turn New York’s economic woes around!

Unfortunately, the Governor’s office will not accept emails from outside of New York. For those of you who don’t have a New York zip code but would like to support this effort, you can send comments to:

The Honorable David A Paterson
Governor of New York
State Capitol
Albany, New York 12224

You can also call the Governor’s office directly at 518-474-8390 to let your voice be heard!

1. http://capwiz.com/wcs/issues/alert/?alertid=12198681&type=ML