Joan Ordway Livingston Tweedy, a philanthropist and avid conservationist instrumental in advancing the work of the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Planned Parenthood, died peacefully at home in Darien, CT on December 22. She was 100 years old, a life well lived.
It was Mrs. Tweedy’s long-time interest in conservation that encouraged her to play a leading role with WCS and the Bronx Zoo. Her many activities at the Bronx Zoo (for which she held a special affinity) included endowing the 6.5 acre Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest Exhibit with the iconic and intimate gorilla-viewing area, and the Joan O.L. Tweedy Giraffe Savannah where the dedication plaque honors her “lifetime commitment to preserving wildlife and animal habitats for future generations.” She also supported the Bronx Zoo’s Tsingy Cliffs, Observation Station and Tortoise Nursery, in the Madagascar! exhibit. “Her support and partnership helped bring these groundbreaking exhibits to life when they were but a vision,” said Cristián Samper, president and CEO of the organization. Mrs. Tweedy served as a member of the WCS’s leadership for 25 years, and one of her hands-on partnerships included banding penguins in Patagonia.