Theme: The Idea: One of the Largest Zoos in the World The Aspect: Summer Enclave and Elven Ranger HQ The Face(s): Arwen Eventine (Head Zookeeper/Cintran Elven Ranger/Summer Ally) Description:
The Bronx Zoo is located in the Bronx borough of New York City, within Bronx Park. It is one of the world’s largest metropolitan zoos, with over 600 species from around the world. The zoo comprises 265 acres of park lands and naturalistic habitats, through which the Bronx River flows.
The Bronx Zoo is part of an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Fordham University owned the land which became the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden. Fordham sold it to the City of New York for only $1,000 under the condition that the lands be used for a zoo and garden; this was in order to create a natural buffer between the university grounds and the urban expansion that was nearing. In the 1880s, New York State set aside the land for future development as parks. In 1895, New York State chartered the New York Zoological Society (later renamed to Wildlife Conservation Society) for the purpose of founding a zoo
The zoo (originally called the Bronx Zoological Park and the Bronx Zoological Gardens) opened its doors to the public on November 8, 1899, featuring 843 animals in 22 exhibits. The first zoo director was William Temple Hornaday. Heins & LaFarge designed the original permanent buildings as a series of Beaux-Arts pavilions grouped around the large circular sea lion pool. In 1934, the Rainey Memorial Gates, designed by noted sculptor Paul Manship, were dedicated as a memorial to noted big game hunter Paul James Rainey. The gates were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
In March 2007, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Fordham University Graduate School of Education announced they would offer a joint program leading to a Master of Science degree in education and New York State initial teacher certification in adolescent science education (biology grades 7-12). The program began in 2008, and is the first joint degree program of its kind
In addition to this, the Zoo is home to several portals to the Nevernever, all to various parts of Summer Territory. These portals are guarded fiercely on the Fae side, and protected in the mortal realms through an agreement with Arwen Eventine, the Chief Zookeper, who also happens to be the Ranger Commander for the Cintran Elves in New York. Her command numbers about 20 elven warriors and rangers who operate through New York and New Jersey.