The Wildilfe Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium (NYA) staff has been working non-stop to care for our marine animals including walruses, otters, sea lions, and seahorses that were effected by Hurricane Sandy.

Want to tell them yourself that they are doing a great job?!

The WCS web team has created a share page where you can send photos, drawings, and thoughts of thanks and inspiration to the NYA as they continue to restore the entire facility.

Click the thank you link below and use Instagram, Facebook, Email, or Twitter



Photo credits: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS


R E B U I L D I N G   M I T I K ‘ S  H O M E

All 14 acres of the New York Aquarium (NYA) were under water during Hurricane Sandy.

As the flood waters rose, the NYA staff worked tirelessly to care for our animals, including our newest member, Mitik, the orphaned walrus calf. He weathered the storm without incident.

If you’d like to help rebuild Mit’s home, the NYA, go to newyorkaquarium.com for details.

I hope my photos of Mit will keep him in your hearts and minds.

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Source: wcs.org



R U N N E R S  F O R  W A L R U S E S

More than 1,500 walrus admirers ran and walked on behalf of their flippered friends during the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Run for the Wild at the New York Aquarium last Saturday.

Ladders, sneakers, and three photographers, including me, arrived before dawn to capture every step of the event.

Walruses are an example of a species forced to cope with the impacts of a changing climate and increased industrialization of the Arctic. Proceeds from the run will help WCS save walruses and further its mission of saving wildlife and wild places around the globe.

Congratulations to the finishers, especially those that showed the most creativity for the cause.

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Source: Wildlife Conservation Society



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Do you like to run? How about for walruses?

Register for a morning run at our Run for the Wild on October 6, 2012 at the New York Aquarium. Bring your camera to take photos after you cross the finish line of Nuka and Kulu at home in Sea Cliffs, along with sea otters and other marine mammals. Photo ops are close up, like jellies and fish, or at a distance like Nuka’s neighbors, the black-footed penguins, so bring both a macro and a telephoto lens.

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS



Photos speak as our visual voice for the Wildlife Conservation Society headquartered at the Bronx Zoo. I’m Julie Larsen Maher, the sixth WCS staff photographer in our 117-year history. My job is to take pictures of the births and lives of our animal collection, our events, and our conservation work around the world.

 My day-to-day assignments could be at any of our five parks including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo.

I pay regular visits to Nuka, the Pacific walrus at the aquarium, and in this photo, she had just blown me a very fishy kiss. At just under a ton, visitors can see Nuka, our bathing beauty, at the Sea Cliffs exhibit. Best photo op – during their daily feeding times.

Photo credit: Megan Maher