The Wildlife Conservation Society has a collection of approximately 54,000 historical photographic negatives that date back to the opening of the Bronx Zoo in 1899. In order to preserve the integrity of these negatives and enhance access to their historic imagery, the WCS Archives has undertaken an enormous negative re-housing and evaluation project, which began in 2016. The bulk of the collection features photographs of the various inhabitants of the zoo but also documents other aspects of WCS’s history, including images of the New York Aquarium and of early field expeditions. The chronological assessment of these negatives has illuminated important milestones in the Bronx Zoo’s history and evolution to the zoological park it has become today. One such milestone occurred in 1961 in the Small Mammal House.Continue reading
Over on WCS’s photo blog Wild View, we highlight how sea lions have been part of the Bronx Zoo since the Wildlife Conservation Society opened the park in 1899, and sea lions are part of all five zoos and the aquarium that WCS operates.
Over on WCS’s photo blog Wild View, check out a post by Julie Larsen Maher on WCS’s first staff photographer, who deemed photography “an exact and exacting science.” To celebrate the 125th anniversary of WCS, Wild View will be running special Throwback Thursdays regularly in 2020. #wcs125 #WCSWildView #tbt #bison #zoohistory #historyofphotography