May 26, 2014
Leaps and Bounds
- as seen by -Madeleine Thompson
Although I’m grateful that my co-workers aren’t given to launching surprise attacks on me, I feel a little envious of this former Wildlife Conservation Society staff member, who had a coati (named Snoopy) as an occasional officemate. By the time of this 1956 photo, WCS (then the New York Zoological Society) had a well-developed traveling school program, where Education Department staff would take animals—like Snoopy the coati, Tinker the kinkajou, and Petunia the skunk—into classrooms for educational visits. Apparently, when Snoopy wasn’t out visiting schools, he enjoyed practicing his acrobatics with unsuspecting Education Department staff!
This is just one of the thousands of historical images in the WCS collection. Through this blog, and also through the WCS Archives Digital Collections, we look forward to sharing some of these historical treasures with you.