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Valentines For Life


Two trumpeter swans at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo glide side-by-side on the zoo’s pond, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 
Photo Julie Larsen Maher © WCS Two trumpeter swans at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo glide side-by-side on the zoo’s pond, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Photo Julie Larsen Maher © WCS Trumpeter swans mate for life. The pair at the Queens Zoo has been inseparable for the last three years, since the male swan arrived. They swim, explore their wetland exhibit and rest on the banks of the pond together.

Two sand hill cranes are another avian pair at the zoo. These long-necked marshdwelling birds demonstrate courtship behaviors toward each other, including elaborate dance displays, trumpet calls, and working together to build their nests.

Several endangered thick-billed parrots, a species native to Mexico, live in pairs at the Queens Zoo. As a result of these pairings, more than 20 thick-billed parrot chicks have hatched at the zoo since 2006, making its flock larger than any other facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is open every day of the year. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids ages three to 12, free for children under three. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th St. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. For further information, call 718-271-1500 or visit www.queenszoo.com.

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. They do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

To make donations in support of helping save wildlife and wild places, visit www.wcs.org.

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