Happy World Snow Leopard Day! This poster was used by WCS and partner organizations in the 1970s to foster snow leopard preservation in Pakistan. The text translated from Urdu says “Snow Cheetah, This beautiful animal is protected by law but it cannot survive without your help and cooperation. Let it remain alive. It is a precious treasure of Pakistan.”
Happy World Lion Day! WCS conservationist George Schaller took this photo of lions taking a break in the shade of a tree during his pioneering studies of lion behavior and ecology in the Serengeti in the 1960s.
For today’s celebration with the National Hashtag Party theme of “Archives Pool Party,” we are jumping into the summer with these sea lions taking a dive into the Sea Lion Pool at the Bronx Zoo in 1937!
For this month’s Archives Hashtag Party theme of #ArchivesArtifacts, we chose to feature our smallest artifact of the archives, this slightly-larger-than-a-penny sized book features photos from the Bronx Zoo. But you don’t need a magnifying glass to see these pictures! They are part of our digitized Bronx Zoo Postcards, which can be found on the WCS Library & Archives website.
To continue celebrating women in natural history with the Biodiversity Heritage Library, we’re concluding Women’s History Month highlighting Helen Martini. At a time when there was little formal training in caring for zoo animals, Helen Martini used her own intuition, research, and experience to help successfully raise dozens of Bronx Zoo baby animals–at first in her own apartment and eventually in the Bronx Zoo’s first animal nursery, which she began. She never published any technical writings on her work, instead sharing her experiences in a memoir called “My Zoo Family.” Here she is caring for three jaguar cubs and a tiger cub in this 1940s photo.
We’re showcasing Life Below Water for today’s World Wildlfe Day with this invitation to the Shark Tank opening at the New York Aquarium in 1980. We celebrate #MarineSpecies and all wildlife past, present, and future.