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'Help Save The Bronx Zoo 2009'

For generations, the Bronx Zoo has provided an invaluable service to educate and amaze the public with their incredible exhibits and lovable animals.

However, the Zoo is in trouble.

New York state governor David Paterson has proposed a devastating 55% budget cuts across seventy six zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums in New York. He goes to propose that in 2010 all state funding be halted all together.

With the Bronx Zoo included in this group, this threat can only be warded off with the public’s help. The Bronx Zoo urges those who have a passion for animals to have their voices be heard and spread the message so that these preservations can continue to be a national treasure.

See here for a PSA supporting this cause:
YouTube Video

The Coalition of Living Museums (CLM), a *group of 76 zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums in New York State, released a video that it hopes will go viral as a part of an effort to convince Governor Paterson not to cut its members’ funding by 55 percent this year and totally eliminate it next year.

Paterson proposed cuts to the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquarium (ZBGA) budget line is looming over CLM members. The group has gone full-throttle with a creative approach to convince Paterson and Albany legislators to reconsider these disproportionate, draconian cuts.

A Bronx Zoo “employee” is rendered speechless in the video. While commended for his role in helping the state’s economy and bringing in some of the more than 12 million annual visitors to the Coalitions’ facilities, the “employee” is ultimately let go.

View the full video at:

"We hope to engage viewers with one of our best ‘spokespersons,’ an animal ambassador representing all of the zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums across the state," said John Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, which operates the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium. "In the video, visitors are then encouraged to send letters of support asking Governor Paterson to restore this critical funding source."

Karl Lauby, The New York Botanical Garden Vice President for Communications commented, "Living Museums, like The New York Botanical Garden, provide educational services to hundreds of thousands of area children and families, all inspiring future generations of environmentalists who will care for the fragile plants and wildlife of the Earth."

“In these challenging times, families both need and deserve these refuges across the State to experience and learn about nature. Imagine if these sanctuaries were no longer as accessible to millions of New York residents,” said Sharon Myrie, Vice President of Education at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

According to a 2008 national public opinion survey, 79 percent of Americans believe that zoos and aquariums are good for their local economy, and an impressive 80 percent believe that zoos and aquariums are important enough to local communities to be supported by government funding.