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Published May 7th 2011
Opened in 1899, the Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in the world, featuring more than 600 species from around the globe. Throughout the years, the zoo has delighted visitors to New York, and pioneered many educational and zoological programs.
It was one of the first zoos to take animals out of cages, and place them into simulations of their natural environment. Their first conservation project was the American Bison, whose numbers by the turn of the century had dwindled from millions, to a mere 1,000. The zoo founded the American Bison Society, and successfully accomplished the breeding and re-introduction of bison into their natural habitats all over the country.
Now, under the auspices of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) the Bronx Zoo has been integral in preserving species all over the world, and is still on the forefront of zoological technology and design.
The zoo covers 265 acres and has replicated the Himalayan highlands where red pandas, snow leopards and other rare and endangered species roam. The Butterfly Garden is home to thousands of fluttering butterflies. the Congo Gorilla forest is an amazing 6.5 acre replica of an African rainforest - and home to over 300 native animals including gorillas, monkeys and snakes.
There is much to see and do inside the gates. Daily feedings, enrichment demonstrations, kids' activities, a Skyfari tram ride from which you can see the entire zoo - even camel rides.
Zookeepers are always at hand to answer any questions you may have about the animals or the conservation schemes.
General Admission tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for kids 3 years - 12 years. You can also become a member from $83 and gain admission for a full year to the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and the Queens Zoo. Phone: 1 718-220-5103
Well worth a visit, and a great day out for the whole family.
I love the Bronx Zoo. The best are random week days when no one is there. Once in a while, a school will come visit but even so, it's no big deal. There's lots of space and great exhibits. Sometimes, the Bronx gets a bad wrap but come on! There's so much good fun!