Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo! Do you remember that song from Simon & Garfunkel? Well here in the NYC area we’d have to change the lyric from zoo to zoos because we have five fabulous (and famous) ones — Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo & Queens Zoo.
All of these great city zoos are run by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. To celebrate, the WCS is turning the concrete jungle of NYC into a social media safari this summer with its #NYisWild” campaign.
Now thru September 7, participants can register at NYisWild.com and embark on a city-wide adventure by tagging qualifying photos of the “120 ways NY is wild” with the corresponding number and the hashtag #NYisWild to enter to win a number of prizes.
Participating adventurers who register and tag 10 of the 120 photo tasks will be automatically entered to win a trip to Belize where WCS works to protect one of the most biologically diverse reefs in the world. Additionally, one of these grand prize trips will be awarded to a professional educator as to emphasize the educational importance and focus of the WCS operated zoos and aquarium.
Other prizes for participation in the 120 Ways #NYisWild photo adventure include: a WCS premium family membership to all five parks; a whale watching tour for with WCS scientists; a season pass for National Geographic Live; an opportunity to become a sea lion keeper for a day WCS’s New York Aquarium; and a weekend getaway in the Adirondacks with WCS conservationists. The more photos you capture and tag, the more chances you have to win!
So here’s what you need to know about #NYisWild:
- Register for the contest for free by creating an account at NYisWild.com
- Download the full list of all 120 attractions. Download the list direct here: http://bit.ly/NYisWildOnePager
- Have fun exploring and don’t forget to capture each attraction using Instagram or Twitter with #NYisWild and hashtagging the number of the clue. For example: Saw a sea lion having lunch @BronxZoo. #NYisWild #1.
- Keep track of all progress on NYisWild.com
To make it even better for you to check out all the wild attractions, the WCS is also offering an exclusive discount of 20% off all tickets purchased only through NYisWild.com. The discount is automatically applied when you purchase tickets through the website. The discount is good to be used for all of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s parks: Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo.
Want to head over to the zoo yourself this summer? Well, the kind folks at the Wildlife Conservation Society are giving one lucky winner of The Harried Mom two tickets to see what’s happening at to any one of their five NYC-area zoos with two (2) free admission tickets. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. The more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win.
The Harried Mom’s #NYisWild Wildlife Conservation Society giveaway is open now thru Tuesday, May 19 at 6 pm ET. This giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 years or older. A winner will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and will be contacted via email for details. Winners will have 24 hours to respond before an alternate winner is chosen. Prizing will be sent directly from me.
Good luck and be sure to check it out and have fun taking part in all of the #NYisWild activities!
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite animal to see at the zoo?
For Full Disclosure: The Harried Mom was not compensated for this post and has no affiliate links. However, the Wildlife Conservation Society has provided me with free passes in exchange for this post. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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