WCS's history began with the founding of the New York Zoological Society (NYZS) in 1895. The society founders envisioned an organization that would save wildlife in North America and connect people to nature through the Bronx Zoo. Their efforts helped prevent the extinction of the American bison, providing a jumpstart to the modern conservation movement.
In 1993, with the broadening of its global mission, NYZS became the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and has since expanded field conservation operations to nearly 60 nations and all of the world's oceans. WCS has provided expertise to governments and communities in support of 245 protected areas, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the wilderness of Chile's Tierra del Fuego.
Since its founding, WCS has provided 400 million visitors with immersive experiences in New York City at the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and Prospect Park Zoo. For many, these visits represent the only opportunity they will ever have to see wildlife firsthand. These wildlife parks contribute greatly to WCS's conservation efforts around the world. For more on WCS, visit www.wcs.org.