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Wildlife Conservation Society/Central Park Zoo, application to construct a building, two pavilions, fencing and pathways.

WHEREAS, The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), operators of the Central Park Zoo, are proposing to construct a new Snow Leopard Facility; and

WHEREAS, Snow Leopards are an endangered species; and

WHEREAS, The facility will be operated cooperatively as part of a national breeding program; and

WHEREAS, The animals are the 3rd and 4th generation of said breeding program and have never lived in the wild; and

WHEREAS, The Wildlife Conservation Society's Director of New York City Zoos is the coordinator of this national breeding program; and 

WHEREAS, This will be a permanent exhibit with a maximum of six animals at any given time; and

WHEREAS, The proposed facility is located within the existing zoo on less than half an acre and will consist of three main elements:

WHEREAS, The design will allow maximum viewing by the public while respecting the existing landscape, as well as the social habits and physical requirements of Snow Leopards; and

WHEREAS, The facility will be screened with plantings and has been designed to have minimal visual impact from the adjacent Transverse Drive and East Drive on the Zoo's perimeter; and

WHEREAS, The design was completed with cooperation and input from the NYC Parks Department, and the Central Parks Conservancy; and

WHEREAS, It is anticipated that the facility will be constructed next winter and not during peak visitor season; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The above resolution passed37 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.

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