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NYC kids campaign to save zoos and aquariums

kids-protest09 Can you imagine living in New York City without the Bronx Zoo? How about the NY Aquarium? We can't either. In the midst of this concrete jungle, animal- and nature-driven institutions offer a little necessary escape. There's been an uproar about proposed state budget cuts --upward of $9 million--from our zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums, but some fantastic local kids aren't letting the funds slip away without a fight. Recently, students from the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, PS 81, the Rachel Carson High School of Coastal Studies and IS 230 presented more than 12,000 petitions, letters of support, and drawings created by children from all five boroughs to reps at Governor Paterson's office. kids-protest109 Not only did they have the written materials to bolster their concerns, they spoke about how the cuts would directly affect their learning, specifically citing the education programs at the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium. We know times are tough, and obviously money has to be cut somewhere, but there has got to be an alternative. Inspired by these local heroes? Head to the Wildlife Conservation Society's website to show your support.
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