The Bronx Zoo was the subject of a huge, national controversy in 1906. This was when Ota Benga , an African pygmy, was brought to the zoo to be displayed. He was allowed to walk around the zoo’s grounds freely and eventually became fond of the orangutan, Dohong, who knew tricks and could mimic human behavior. On September 8, 1906, visitors could see the pygmy boy, 23 years of age, exhibited among monkeys and apes The zoo consists of about sixteen exhibits. In the heart of the zoo stands Astor Court, made up of Beaux-Arts turn-of-the-century buildings that are now New York City landmarks. They date from the zoo’s earliest day. Next to Astor Court lies the Sea Lion Pool and Zoo Center. Other outdoor exhibits are JungleWorld, Madagascar!
Polar bear If you are an animal lover who has longed to travel the globe to learn about animals and their habitats, consider a trip to the Bronx Zoo in New York.
Here, visitors will find a wide variety of animals from exotic to endangered, special events, exclusive animal themed exhibits and lectures that will keep the entire family engaged for a full day of fun and education. Astor Court Located at 2300 Southern Boulevard in Bronx, the zoo is open year-round with seasonal hours. From April to November, the zoo is open from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Winter hours, which run from November to April, are 10 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. daily. The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and Martin Luther King Day. All day car parking is $16. Preferred parking at Fountain Circle is available weekends only and is $23. Street parking is also available around the zoo. To make getting around the park easier, single stroller rentals are $10, double stroller rentals are $15, wheelchairs are free with a $20 refundable deposit and electric convenience vehicles are $40 at the S.
Blvd. entrance with a $100 refundable deposit. The Bronx Zoo also offers that you can download to your mobile device to make navigating the park easier. Tickets and Packages Zoo Center The Bronx Zoo offers a variety of ticket options and packages to choose from.
• General admission tickets are $19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children aged 3-12 and $17.95 for seniors. Children two and under are always free. General admission tickets are only available at the gate. • Total Experience Tickets, available from April 1 to November 5, give you instant park access that is mobile friendly and can be printed out.
Total experience tickets are $36.95 for adults, $26.95 for children aged 3-12, and $31.95 for seniors 65 and over. Again, children two and under are always free. This ticket enables you to visit special exhibits, like JungleWorld, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Congo Gorilla Forest, Butterfly Garden, and the seasonal Wild Asia Monorail.
You will also be able to use the Zoo Shuttle in season. If you have general admission tickets, you will have to pay $6 per person to enter these special exhibit areas.
• is $199.95 and includes admission for two adults, four children and a guest to four parks (Bronx Zoo, , and ) for one year. Family Zoos Plus Membership with Bronx Zoo parking is $229. • The Bronx Zoo offers year-round discounts to any active duty or reserve members of the U.S. military when they present a valid military ID at the admission gate.
The discount includes free Total Experience ticket or general admission ticket, plus a 50% discount for up to three family members. This discount is only available at the gate. • Complimentary discounts are given to students attending college located in New York City; a valid college ID from an institution located withing the must be shown at the gate. A resident of New York City attending a non-New York City college with a valid college ID and proof of NYC residency also qualifies for complimentary discounts.
• General admission is "free" (or donate what you can) all day Wednesday. Rainey Memorial Gates If you want to save money when visiting the Bronx Zoo, plan ahead to take advantage of coupons that will save you 10% to 20% on admission. • If you visit the Zoo's website, a pop-up screen offers a 10% discount. A special code to use when purchasing tickets online is emailed to your account.
• offers a 10% discount on its website, as well as the ability to sign up for future coupons and discounts. • offers a 10% discount for Total Experience tickets and a discount on family premium membership. • offers a 20% discount for general admission and Total Experience tickets.
The website also offers $20 off on annual memberships. • (Automobile Association of America) offers up to a 20% discount on Total Experience tickets. Current rates when using your AAA card are $29.65 for adults, $21.56 for children, and $25.56 for seniors. • offers a combination rail and admission discount for general and Total Experience admission tickets. • offers a 20% off coupon on general, Total Experience and family admission to the zoo. Dining at the Zoo The Bronx Zoo has one main restaurant, as well as a series of seasonal cafes, snack stands and picnic tables located throughout the property.
You can also bring your own food from home to enjoy at one of several picnic tables. • The Dancing Crane Cafe, located close to the Zoo Center, opposite the Bronx Zoo Store, is a 17,500 square foot restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks a natural marsh area.
There are also tables for box lunches. The restaurant serves sandwiches, salads, soups, hot entrees, vegetarian options, ice cream, snacks and beverages. It opens at 10 a.m. • Terrace Cafe, open seasonally, is located near the Children's Zoo and serves a variety of food and snacks including burgers, fries and chicken tenders. There are also tables here for boxed lunches.
• The Cool Zone is adjacent to the grizzly bears and sells soda and milkshakes, seasonally. • Three other seasonal dining options include Pecking Order near the polar bears, Asia Plaza near JungleWorld, and Somba Village near the Baboon Reserve.
Feature Exhibit Highlights No matter what time of year you plan to visit the Bronx Zoo, there is always plenty to do and see. Since its opening in 1899, the zoo has offered an impressive number of exhibits, special events and tours, all while supporting the importance of wildlife conservation.
The zoo offers educational sessions that incorporate learning while still providing a fun, hands-on environment. One way to maximize your visit to the zoo is to spend the day with an expert.
Bronx Zoo Discovery Guides are seasonal volunteers that are trained by their Education Department and are happy to escort families and couples around the Zoo and share their knowledge and insights. The Congo Gorilla Forest Western lowland gorillas One of the main attractions of the Bronx Zoo is the Congo Gorilla Forest. It is 6.5 acres and features more than 400 animal species. The setting of this exhibit is an African rainforest, which is also the backdrop for one of the largest breeding grounds in the world for .
The exhibit details the need for rainforests and provides visitors with ideas for contributing to the preservation of rainforests everywhere. Throughout this exhibit, it is possible for the entire family to come up close with a gorilla. Featured animals include the western lowland gorilla, mandrill and okapi. Visitors are encouraged to use their five senses in order to detect animal presence, just as if they were on a true rainforest exploration.
Entrance to this exhibit is included with Total Experience and Zoos Plus membership. It costs $6 with a general admission ticket. The Butterfly Garden and Bug Carousel The Butterfly Garden is home to more than 1,000 North American butterflies. The 5,000 square foot garden hideaway is just as gorgeous as the butterflies within. This beautiful garden provides butterflies with the necessities of life. This exhibit is open March 25 through October and is weather dependent.
Just remember that butterflies take a winter break. If you have children, don't forget to visit the Bug Carousel while touring this area of the park. Children love to take a ride on a giant beetle as parents inspect and discover the nearby insects. Entrance to both of these attractions is included with Total Experience and Zoos Plus memberships. With a general admission ticket, it is $6 each.
4-D Theater If you want to take a break from walking around the zoo, visit this theater that offers a dramatic 3-D film with added sensory effects that will immerse you further into the scene. During this sensory theater experience, seats vibrate and move, and stimuli such as a spritz of water or hot or cold air blows on you depending on the film being shown. Stimuli come at you from the ceilings and from under your seat.
If your children frighten easily, this may not be an experience for your family. Total Experience and Zoos Plus membership visitors can enjoy this attraction for free. General admission visitors will need to pay $6 each. Nature Trek Officially opening on July 1, 2017, this exhibit allows kids to climb and crawl through a village in the trees on fully netted bridges, towers, tunnels and walkways.
This gives children a bird's-eye view of what the zoo looks like from above. It is best for children three years and older. Children must wear closed toe shoes when exploring this exhibition and sneakers are recommended. High heels are prohibited on this structure and flip flops and sandals are not recommended. As with the other feature attractions named above, entrance here is free if you have a Total Experience ticket or a Zoos Plus membership.
Otherwise, it's $6 per person. Tiger Mountain and African Plains One of the most exhilarating exhibits at the Bronx Zoo is Tiger Mountain. Here, kids can come face-to-face with a tiger. The tiger exhibits are designed to mimic their natural habitats and the tigers are encouraged to maintain their natural tendencies, making for a very realistic glimpse into the life of these majestic creatures. The only separation between the tigers and guests is a glass partition, which allows visitors to see tigers up close.
You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of the Malayan tiger cubs that are usually out in the morning. Everyone loves big cats and the African Plains exhibit doesn't disappoint. Here visitors will see majestic lions, African wild dogs and zebras. If you time your visit just right-mornings and late afternoon are best-you may see them play, drink water or nap in the shade. The best time of year to see this exhibit is from March 31 to November 3 when these animals are outside.
Tiger Mountain and African Plains are included with general admission. Sea Lion Pool, Penguin Pool and Sea Bird Aviary Sea lions Located in the center of the zoo, sea lions have a long history here because they were one of the first exhibits opened to the public in 1899.
Be sure to check the schedule for the times when zookeepers feed these fun-loving and curious creatures. Feedings usually take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. At the Aquatic Bird House, you will see Magellanic and Little Penguins, the smallest penguin species in the world at just 13-inches tall and about three pounds as adults.
Feeding time at Penguin Pool when the Magellanic Penguins come out and bob for fish is at 3:30 p.m. While in this area, don't miss the nearby Sea Bird Aviary that houses colorful flamingos, puffins and Inca terns. Sea Lion Pool, Penguin Pool and the Sea Bird Aviary are included with general admission. Wild Asia Monorail and Jungleworld A ride on the monorail takes you into the heart of Asia and is an excellent way to get a good view of the animals in this exhibit.
It is relaxing to sit in the shade of the monorail and look at the animals as you pass them. Tour guides are on this seasonal ride to point out the animals that you will see during the twenty-minute journey. Of special interest are red pandas, elephants and rhinos. Jungleworld is a magical Asian jungle where you can observe animals almost like they would live in the wild. It is fun to watch these animals groom each other in such a natural setting. Featured animals in this exhibit include white-cheeked gibbons, ebony langurs, Malayan tapirs, and Indian gharials.
The monorail and Jungleworld cost $6 extra with a general admission ticket. They are free with a Total Experience ticket or Zoos Plus membership. Children's Zoo If you are visiting the zoo with toddlers, the Children's Zoo is a must do.
Goats, sheep and donkeys are visitor favorites in the farmyard. This exhibit has just gone through a makeover and highlights include touch exhibits, Nigerian goats, porcupines, the smallest deer species in the world, a giant anteater and squirrel monkeys.
If you have a Total Experience admission or a Zoos Plus membership, entrance to the Children's Zoo is included. Otherwise, it costs $6. General Tips for Visiting Scarlet ibis The Bronx Zoo is the largest city zoo in the country where you can see and learn about a vast array of animals. To enjoy your visit to the zoo, there are a few insider tips to keep in mind.
• The zoo is big. It covers 265 acres and houses more than 7,000 animals. If you plan on seeing all of them, wear very comfortable shoes. • To save money and time from waiting in food lines, bring your own food from home. There are plenty of picnic tables where you can enjoy your lunch or a snack. • Bring bottled water and look for water fountains, located throughout the park, to refill your bottle.
• Figure out what exhibits you want to see. It is not easy to navigate the entire zoo in just one day. • Park in the lot closest to the exhibits that you want to visit. • Check the website to see what times special events, lectures or tours are taking place on the day you are visiting. • If you opt to go on a Wednesday when admission is by donation, go early.
It gets very crowded, especially in the summer and fall months. • Bring toilet paper, sometimes the bathrooms run out. • To keep kids amused, make sure to bring plenty of snacks. • The Bronx Zoo has several entrances. If you are meeting friends and family, decide on the entrance that will be your meeting point before setting out. Nearby Hotels Websites like Booking.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline and other reservation services make finding easy.
Most of these websites have customer reviews. Hotels.com offers deals and includes TripAdvisor ratings next to each listing, which is very convenient. Some hotels within two miles of the zoo that have received positive ratings on TripAdvisor include: • - 1145 Southern Blvd., Bronx, N.Y. (1.4 miles to the zoo) • - 1822 Topping Ave., Bronx, N.Y. (1.5 miles to the zoo) • - 1984 Morris Ave., Bronx, N.Y.
(1.6 miles to the zoo) • - 1776 Eastchester Rd., Bronx, N.Y. (1.8 miles to the zoo) • - 3070-72 Webster Ave., Bronx, N.Y. (1.8 miles to the zoo) Perfect for Animal Lovers It is easy to see why the Bronx Zoo is the flagship zoo of the Wildlife Conservation Society with its 7,000 animals and 265 beautifully maintained acres to explore.
It is easy to get to from New York City and the Tri-state area of New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. Visitors will find that the animals are well cared for, the grounds are clean, and the exhibits are engaging and educational for both young and young-at-heart animal lovers alike.
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Bronx Zoo - Zoo in New York City - Thousand Wonders • • • • Bronx Zoo Zoo in New York City, New York Gorilla - Bronx Zoo Photo Bronx Zoo Located in the borough of The Bronx, the Bronx Zoo is one of the largest metropolitan animal parks in the world and the biggest one in . The flows through the zoo, which covers 265 acres of parks and habitats. The Bronx Zoo is part of a collection of four zoos and one aquarium, all managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The other zoos are the Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo. The Bronx Zoo is home to approximately 650 different species and 6,000 animals. Many of the animals kept at the zoo are either threatened or endangered – one of the zoo’s main purposes is conservation. There are free exhibits as well as paid attractions.
HistoryThe land where the Bronx Zoo and is now situated used to belong to Fordham University. The university sold the land to the City of New York for a price of merely $1,000 USD (€870 EUR) with the only condition that they were to be used as the site of a new zoo and a garden.
The idea was to create a buffer between the university and the ever-expanding city. So, the land was designated to become parks in the 1880s. The New York Zoological Society was established in 1894, with the main purpose of creating a zoo. The Bronx Zoo opened its door to the public in 1899, originally named the Bronx Zoological Park or Bronx Zoological Gardens. At the time of the opening, the zoo already had more than 800 animals and 22 exhibits.
The Bronx Zoo was the subject of a huge, national controversy in 1906. This was when, an African pygmy, was brought to the zoo to be displayed. He was allowed to walk around the zoo’s grounds freely and eventually became fond of the orangutan, Dohong, who knew tricks and could mimic human behavior. On September 8, 1906, visitors could see the pygmy boy, 23 years of age, exhibited among monkeys and apes.
He was removed from the zoo’s grounds after much controversy and committed suicide in 1916, 32 years old. In 2009 the Skyfari cable car ride got stuck above the area where the lions and baboons are held.
A few dozen visitors dangled there for about five hours before finally being rescued. Now, the cable car has been grounded because of financial reasons.
Things to See and DoNowadays, the Bronx Zoo is rid of controversy and is a place of conservation and education. In 2006, new eco-friendly composting restrooms were opened, which would save about one million gallons of water per year.
The zoo consists of about sixteen exhibits. In the heart of the zoo stands Astor Court, made up of Beaux-Arts turn-of-the-century buildings that are now New York City landmarks. They date from the zoo’s earliest day. Next to Astor Court lies the Sea Lion Pool and Zoo Center. Other outdoor exhibits are JungleWorld, Madagascar!; Big Bears, Tiger Mountain; Himalayan Highlands, Congo Gorilla Forest; Animal Activity Trail, African Plains; and Baboon Reserve. The African Plains exhibit lets people walk past Lions, Gazelles, Zebras, and Storks on a typical African savanna.
Other animals that can be seen there are Giraffes and African Wild Dogs. The Congo Gorilla Forest allows visitors to get up-close to majestic Gorillas in a setting that represents the jungle of central .
Big Bears is an exhibit that consists of ridges of rocks, pools, dens, and trees. There, you can see Grizzly Bears and Polar Bears. Another popular exhibit and attraction is the Wild Asia Monorail. This monorail travels along the Bronx River and above the habitats of rhinoceros, elephants, red pandas, gaur and Asian deer. The monorail ride lasts about twenty minutes and $5. Indoor exhibits are the Bug Carousel, Mouse House; Russell B.
Aitken Sea Bird Colony and Aquatic Birds, World of Birds; World of Reptiles, and the 4D Theater. Some exhibits, like the World of Birds and World of Reptiles, are set up by taxonomy. Others, like African Plains, are laid out geographically. How to Get ThereThe Bronx Zoo can easily be reached by public transport from . There is an express bus (the BxM11) that travels along Madison Avenue and goes straight to the zoo's entrance.
Local buses in The Bronx and Queens are available as well, connecting the zoo with neighborhoods in those boroughs. By subway, the zoo is reached via the 2 train towards Pelham Parkway. Similar LandmarksOther great zoos in the world are the , the ; the , the Zoo on the Australian Sunshine Coast; the Tiergarten of , ; the of , Zoo; the Basel Zoo in , and the Antwerp Zoo in . Do you see any omissions, errors or want to add information to this page? . Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Dec 10, 2014 Pictures of Bronx Zoo Photo by Photo by
Bronx Zoo vs Central Park Zoo Photo by Shawn Lynch New York City and wild animals don’t go together. New Yorkers are used to seeing our urban compatriots like rats, squirrels, and pigeons. But word of a coyote spotted in Central Park or an eagle above the Hudson River can be major news.
Happily, for New Yorkers and visitors, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the four zoos they manage in New York City provide a wonderful place to experience rare and exotic animals from all over the world. Their two flagship zoos are the and the . When deciding whether to visit the Bronx Zoo vs Central Park Zoo, it’s important to know that these are two very different zoos with very different purposes.
We’ll help you determine which is best for you. The Central Park Zoo The Central Park Zoo is the oldest in the city. It was not actually part of the original plan for Central Park — as proposed by its designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. But, unfortunately for them, almost as soon as construction had begun in 1859, someone gave the park administrators a gift of a bear cub.
A young messenger boy named Philip Holmes — who worked for Central Park at the time — was appointed as the bear’s caretaker. Thus the seeds were sewn for the Central Park Zoo. During the next few years New Yorkers continued to gift the park exotic birds, lizards, and other wildlife. The unofficial Central Park menagerie kept growing, and by 1861 city leaders had commissioned a zoo for the park, but no one could agree where to put it. By 1863 there were animals being exhibited right along the grand mall of the park — surely a horror to Vaux and Olmstead, who dreamed of the park as a quiet and natural setting and not as an entertainment venue.
But the animals were already there, so the Central Park Zoo was officially founded in 1864 and it was built around the old arsenal building on 5 th Avenue. It remains there to this day. Photo by Shawn Lynch The most important thing to realize about the Central Park Zoo is its small size.
This is not a full-scale zoo, but rather a small sample of the animals cared for by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The zoo is only six acres in size and doesn’t feature any of the major exotic animals one typically associated with a zoo visit. There are no lions, tigers, giraffes, or gorillas. The zoo is focused around a small sea lion exhibit, and there are surrounding exhibits featuring grizzly bears, red pandas, and snow leopards — the only large animals on display at the Central Park Zoo.
So, if you and your kids are visiting to see the animals from the film Madagascar you may want to think twice. There is a children’s petting zoo, and with the sea lion and bear exhibits, young kids will likely be satisfied with this zoo, but older kids will probably be disappointed by its limited scope.
If you and your family want to have a full day with as many animals as possible, it’s better to head north to The Bronx. Photo by The Bronx Zoo The Bronx Zoo is NYC’s flagship zoo. It’s located about nine miles outside of Midtown and takes at least 45 minutes to reach, but the trip is worth it. At 265 acres and with more than 600 different animal species, this is one of the largest zoos in the world.
In fact, be prepared for lots of walking as the zoo’s enormous acreage—2.5 times larger than the San Diego Zoo—means lots of space between exhibits. But that also means lots of room and more comfortable living spaces for the animals. Most visitors arriving by subway will actually enter through the Asia Gate at the southern end of the zoo, not the main gate. The subway station is about 5-10 minutes away from the Asia Gate.
Take the 2 or 5 train to E. 180 th Street and you can walk past the lovely Bronx River falls before entering the zoo. Photo by Once inside, the huge zoo will take some time to see and you may not have time to see every animal, but there are some highlights you should make sure to visit.Almost every high-profile animal is housed here, with the exception of giant pandas (though there are discussions that may change that in the future). Right by the Asia Gate is Jungleworld and Wild Asia Monorail.
The monorail, only available during the warm season, is a 25-minute ride that takes you over the Bronx River and through large enclosures of animals like Asian Rhinos and Elephants.
These animals are only accessible via the monorail so if you want to see elephants, this is your only shot. If you go west from Asia Gate you’ll pass lions, zebras, giraffes, and hyenas before reaching the Congo Gorilla Forest. This is the highlight of the zoo. The Bronx Zoo’s gorilla family now has more than 22 members, and the youngest were born just last year. Visitors can walk through glass rooms while the gorillas live and play all around you.
It’s the best place to see Gorillas in North America. Continue walking and you’ll reach the formal heart of the zoo: Astor Court and the Zoo Center buildings. Just like the Central Park Zoo, the sea lions are the central exhibit.
(Ever since the Madagascar films were released, though, the new Madagascar Exhibit has become a big hit.) As you keep walking back toward Asia Gate, you’ll pass the tigers, bears, and snow leopards before returning to the gate.
Photo by Shawn Lynch So, Bronx Zoo vs Central Park Zoo, which should you visit? The short answer is the Bronx Zoo. It’s hundreds of times bigger than the Central Park Zoo and offers a much more fulfilling interaction with animals.
Plus it only costs a few dollars more for tickets–$23 vs $18 at Central Park Zoo). That said, keep in mind that many of the best exhibits at the Bronx Zoo cost extra. Riding the Asia Monorail and visiting the Gorilla Forest will each cost $5 extra, for instance. (These extra fees apply even on Wednesdays, when the Bronx Zoo offers free admission.) Visiting the Bronx Zoo does take most of the day, so if you’re visiting NYC with young kids and need something to distract them for a couple hours while in Manhattan, the Central Park Zoo is a good option. But if you’re really interested in a great zoo day, it’s the Bronx Zoo all the way.
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The Bronx Zoo Is Dedicated To Caring For Its Animals And Helping People Learn About Them