New York Aquarium threatened by budget cuts

by Owen James

According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, funding cuts threaten the future of the New York Aquarium, as well as its neighbor the Bronx Zoo.

Executive Vice President John Calvelli warns that:

“Governor Paterson’s proposed state budget cuts this year and the complete elimination of state funding in fiscal year 2010 for zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums mean the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium face devastating cuts.

This year alone, living museums, like the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium, are singled out for the largest reduction. Next year, 76 zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums are zeroed out of the budget.

It is clear: We can’t fire our bears or furlough our sea lions. All options are on the table, including cutting staff and services.”

Visit the society’s Save Our Zoo and Aquarium campaign page for an easy-to-email letter of protest.

Check out Katy's Tropical Fish Guide for more aquarium info.

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