Wildlife Conservation Society was founded in 1895. The company works diligently to conserve more than two million square miles of wild places around the world. The company was first known as the New York Zoological Society. The founders were Andrew H. Green, Henry Fairfield Osborn, and George Bird Grinnell. Also contributing to the founding of Wildlife Conservation Society was Theodore Roosevelt, Madison Grant, and members of Boone and Crockett Club and other notable New Yorkers. The Society manages four wildlife parks in addition to the Bronx Zoo including Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo. The NYC facilities are accredited by the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums).
The three main goals of the Wildlife Conservation Society is Discovery, Protection, and Inspiration. The organization works with 170 scientists who hold PHDs and DVMs. These scientists help discover how nature works. This is to generate and share science to improve strategies and practices on a global scale. WCS protects over 16 of the world’s most important terrestrial and marine regions. The Society empowers people to act in defense of wildlife. They appeal to individuals everywhere, no matter the location. In Africa, WCS conserves four regions. These include Central Africa & Gulf of Guinea, East African Forests & Savannas, Madagascar & Western Indian Ocean, and Sudano-Sahel. In Asia, WCS conserves six regions. These include Arctic Beringia, Greater Mekong, Melanesia, South Asia & Bay of Bengal, Southeast Asian Archipelago, and Temperate Asian Mountains & Grasslands. There are nine priority ocean regions, this includes Arctic Beringia, Central Africa & Gulf of Guinea, Greater Mekong, Madagascar & West Indian Ocean, Melanesia, Mesoamerica & Western Caribbean, New York Seascape, Patagonia, and Southeast Asian Archipelago. The six priority regions in The Americas are Andes, Amazon & Orinoco, Arctic Beringia, Mesoamerica & Western Caribbean, North American Boreal Forests, Patagonia, and Rocky Mountain West.
There are many ways to give to the Wildlife Conservation Society. You can designate WCS as a beneficiary so that you can give from your retirement account, life insurance policy, or bank account. You can honor a friend or family member by giving a tribute gift to the WCS. You can gift stock or wired donation. The most popular way to give is through monthly giving. With monthly giving, your account will be automatically charged on a date that you set with the amount that you set. If you would like to cancel your planned and/or monthly giving, follow the cancellation instructions that are listed on this page.