A big part of the reason for the zoo’s geographic isolation is the fact that it is a “monument to nature,” said Lisa DeGennaro, the zoo director.
“It’s very small, and it’s very isolated.”
The Bronx Zoo is home to some 300 animals including endangered species, some of them endangered in the wild.
The zoo was built in 1928 as a public aquarium to help preserve wildlife in the New York City Zoo, but has been in a state of disrepair since the late 1970s, when the Bronx Water Department shut down its fish tank.
The Bronx has been closed to the public since 2011, when it was purchased by the city.
“This place is a sanctuary,” DeGennaaro said.
“They do not allow us to take any animals, they don’t allow us take any water, they do not let us take anything from the water.”
DeGennetto said that when she arrived in the park in the fall, she noticed that the water had been poisoned.
“The water in the aquarium has been polluted,” she said.
DeGanno said she began talking to her colleagues about ways to restore the aquarium to its former glory.
“We started talking about a plan to restore water, to get water back,” she explained.
“So, a plan was hatched to restore it in an environmentally sustainable way.”
The zoo’s current plan is to restore its fish tanks to their original state, with a plan for an aquarium and a fish hatchery to help restore fish to the wild population.
The goal is to have all of the animals returned to the zoo by 2020, according to DeGarao.
While it is unlikely that the zoo will be able to restore all of its animals within that time frame, DeGellos plan to keep the zoo in its current location.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done, and we need to continue to keep working towards it,” she told ABC News.
Degennaro added that the Bronx has “many things going on” in the area, including “polar bears, dolphins, whales, turtles, birds, and much more.”
For example, the Bronx River is currently running wild, with no water in it for wildlife, and there are some concern that the river could become polluted.
De Gennaro said that “there’s a lot” that needs to be addressed, and the Bronx needs to start thinking about its future.
“At the end of the day, this is a city that’s trying to get its act together,” she added.
“But we have to keep doing it.”
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