Eighty years ago, WCS naturalist William Beebe and engineer Otis Barton plunged more than 3,000 feet into the ocean and observed never-before-seen marine life in its natural habitat.
William Beebe with the Bathysphere, in the year he set the world record for the deepest dive, traveling to 3,028 below the ocean's surface with the Bathysphere's creator, Otis Barton, 1934.
In honor of National Zookeeper Week, we’re taking a look back at some of our early keepers. Many things have changed about the job since these dedicated folks were here, starting with the uniform. Others haven’t, including the qualities of a good keeper. As W. Reid Blair – the Bronx Zoo’s first full-time veterinarian and later director – wrote in 1901, successful keepers, “as a rule, are sympathetic and intelligent.”
For only the second time in 15 years, the aquarium is home to a new harbor seal pup!
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