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Animals for Inner City Schools NYC

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Alligators in New York City?

People here don’t usually get to see that sort of thing...Most people growing up in NYC don’t know what its like to experience nature or animals.

“New York Wild” (NYW) was founded to give kids in the city more exposure to nature and wildlife, something they’ve ve been missing out on. Alligators and other animals have been shown at schools all
over NYC ever since, as part of huge educational exhibit events raising awareness about issues facing the environment.

Largely due to lack of outside funding, NYW recently had to be temporarily shut down. This gofundme has been created to raise money that will relaunch this program and take it to the next level.

lt will also be used to start a YouTube channel, bringing you more content like the pics above & below.

Please take moment to read a little bit
about what this project is going to do, and the cause behind it.

Youtube/ Social Media

•Were using viral videos to promote this fundraiser, and the hype will be the start of a YouTube channel/ social media project

•We have many more funny video concepts that we are ready to shoot once we get back up and running.

•Viral content will be used conjuction with educational videos to raise awareness about the environmental cause

•Click here or scroll down further to see sample portfolio of viral pics videos to get an idea of the type of content that we can produce with your help.

Inner City

•NYW is bringing nature wildlife programs to high poverty, inner city schools and communities in NYC.

•This is the first wildlife outreach program focusing on inner city areas

•1 in 3 NYC children live in poverty.

•Here, maintaining student interest in school can be challenge.

•A program like this can completely change the school experience for these kids.

This is the only program to ever do this in New York City, and if it doesnt come back the kids here will lose this experience forevor.

The Environment & The City

•Today, the environment is more trouble than at any other point in human history

•Nature is being destroyed around the world.

•Scientists say we are on the verge of mass extinction and we may lose anywhere from 30-50% of all species on Earth within the next 30 years at the current rate.

•Most people have no idea this is happening.

Programs like NYW can make a difference by spreading awareness and inspiring people to care.

•People in cities usually dont get to experience nature wildlife, and this often leaves them out of this cause

•Giving urban people chance to see these things with programs like NYW will make this cause relevant to them, even though they live in the city

Getting people in cities to care more about this cause will change everything

•It’s not really possible to bring everybody to wild places, so you have to bring it to them with programs like this if you want to make them care.

•Exposing people to nature in extraordinary ways can inspire them to care.

•It’s not really possible to bring everybody to wild places, so you have to bring it to them with programs like this

Please scroll down further or click here to learn more about whats happening to the environment and our vision for how people in the city can help change this.

“The battle for life on Earth will be won, or lost in cities.” - United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity

Animal Rescue 

NYW also operates as rescue center for exotic creatures

•Many of the animals weve used in our programs were saved from abusive situations

•Talking to thousands of people each week, animals in need of new homes turn up regularly and we want to continue taking them in

•Animals like dogs and cats can be easier to find a new home for, but when it comes to reptiles (especially large ones), often the people who have them simply don’t know who to turn to

Sometimes people who learn about this during our show are in this situation or know somebody who is, and call us for help

•If our program doesnt come back, many of these kinds of animals that need new homes wont be saved...

Some Animals are Misunderstood

TV/ movies portray certain animals such as snakes in a negative way and spread misconceptions about them (ex// Snakes On Plane, Anaconda)

When People dont get to meet these animals in real life, they think this is how they really are.

Advocating for these animals and introducing them in positive way can change the way people feel about them.

NYW has been able to get hundreds of people over their fear of snakes.

These animals deserve to have voice through programs like this.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

Why We Need Your Help

After operating for many years without any outside funding or support, financial hardships and elaborate efforts to sabotage the program have forced New York Wid to shut down, for now.

Everything has been put on hold and all of our animals have been temporariiy rehomed while we rebuild.

Were raising money so we can bring this incredible experience back to New York City and continue our work.

If we dont get enough funds to relaunch our program, it may not come back!

Who Am I? I’m basically the New York version of Steve Irwin. With a Bronx accent instead of an Australian one. Click here or scroll down to the bottom of the page to read my story.


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Erik Zeidler
New York, NY

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