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With so few in the country and a declining wild population, we would like to bring a pair of cassowary for breeding and exhibition to the Northeast, USA.
Marc Valitutto
Staten Island, New York
United States
1 Team Member

Nary a Wary Cause for Cassowary!

Have you ever seen a cassowary??  They're huge and beautiful!  In fact, they're the second largest bird in the world and quite dangerous; however, their numbers are declining in the tropical forests of Australia & New Guinea.  How could something so incredible and large be losing the battle to exist?? Because, so few people know about them!  There are only about 50-75 in the western hemisphere and none in the Northeast, US.  

My name is Marc and I am the curator and veterinarian for the Staten Island Zoo.  With about 1400 animals, the Staten Island Zoo offers a charming and intimate experience to see some rather unique creatures seldom seen at other zoos.  Animals include the Amur leopard (the world's most endangered cat), a friendly sloth, a binturong, fossa, klipspringer antelope, tamandua, and one of the largest collections of reptiles, especially rattlesnakes.  

As a zoo we have the incredible responsibility to inform the public about the status of animals in the wild.  Therefore, we would like to bring a pair of cassowary to one of the most populous regions in the world: New York City.  The Staten Island Zoo will be committed to exhibiting and breeding the species.  With increased visitation to see the rare creature, we can secure their existence on this planet.  

All that said, very few cassowary are born each year which makes them exceptionally hard to come by.  Only one cassowary has been born at a public zoo in the past three years!  To help achieve our goal, we have to turn to private breeders for help, but this comes at a substantial cost.  To bring in a pair will cost over $15,000... and then comes you!

How Can You Help?

  • Each bird costs over $7,500.  We would like two birds for breeding and thus $20,000.
  • Every dollar earned on this campaign will go towards a purchase of the cassowaries, whether we make it or not!
  • Substantial donations of $1000 and over can get you a behind the scenes tour at the zoo!  (Have you ever met and pet a sloth or binturong or hugged a baby fox?!)
  • All of our donors will be acknowledged on our website and at our zoo

I am so personally excited about this!  I absolutely love sharing new experiences with people and just know that this will inspire many visitors to take action to help the cassowary in the wild.  With help from people like you, we have already brought in these amazing animals to the collection for breeding and propagation: 

  • Binturong (Over $20,000!)
  • African Crested Porcupine ($5,000)
  • Goeldi's Monkeys ($15,000)

Come see them all today!

Other Ways You Can Help

Simple word of mouth and even visiting us can also make the difference.  Come see our beautiful animals and let them encourage you to make your own grassroots foundation to help the world and all of its inhabitants!

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This campaign ended on November 24, 2013
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  • $50USD
    Awesome T-Shirt

    Get a cool T-Shirt with the Staten Island Zoo logo right on front. Please come to the Zoo to pick one up!

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  • $100USD
    Free Admission

    Come to the zoo with your family for free! (Limit 5 persons)

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  • $500USD
    Cassowary Artwork

    Enjoy a handmade drawing of a cassowary by artist, Steve Yensel. Truly spectacular original drawings! Please stop by the zoo to pick it up.

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  • $1,000USD
    Behind the Scenes

    Got time to stop by and hug a baby fox?? How about play with a baby sloth or binturong?? Come play with these adorable and rare creatures while also seeing how the zoo functions behind the scenes!

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  • $7,500USD
    Naming Rights

    Seriously, if you can donate enough for an entire cassowary, you've certainly earned yourself naming rights. We can name the beautiful creature after you or whatever you choose (tasteful selected).

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