Donor Stories

Annette Benedict

Annette Benedict

For more than 54 years, Annette Benedict has contributed to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Annette grew up in Washington Heights with two sisters and a brother. She now lives in the Morris Park area, a short distance from the Bronx Zoo. More

Barry Shapiro

Barry Shapiro

Barry's deep connection to wildlife started during his childhood. He grew up across the street from the Bronx Zoo and visited often in the company of his grandfather, who managed a concession stand there. More

Jace Kaplan

Jace Kaplan

Wildlife Heritage Circle member Jace Kaplan’s love for wildlife—and for the Bronx Zoo—spans generations and began during his childhood when he lived within walking distance and came to the park at least monthly with his parents and grandparents who all lived in the same building across the street. More

Rosemarie and Bob Dieda

Rosemarie and Bob Dieda

Rosemarie and Bob Dieda have been WCS supporters for nearly 20 years, and in 2005 they amplified their outright support by including WCS as a beneficiary in their wills. Rosemarie was born in City Island, New York, and Bob in Auburn, Massachusetts—but he moved to New York at a very early age. More

Sonya Jensen

Sonya Jensen

Sonya Jensen was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. As a child she often visited the Prospect Park and Bronx Zoos and became interested in wildlife at a very early age. She became a WCS Member in 1993 and joined the Wildlife Heritage Circle, WCS’s legacy society, in 2001 when she included WCS as a beneficiary in her will. More