The Central Park Zoo has only been around for a couple of decades, having been constructed in 1988, yet the history of the landmark actually dates back to the previous century. As the culture of zooing evolved, transforming cages into true-to-life natural habitat for the animals, so did the need to create an attractive animal feature in Central Park.
The Park has for decades been home to a display of animals of some sort, but in the 1980s it was decided to change the focus of the animal display and transform it into an attraction and sanctuary for endangered species, while providing visitors to opportunity to view animals living in an almost natural habitat.
These days visitors are treated to over 130 different species from polar bears to spiders, all just a few meters from New York’s Fifth Avenue. The various animal homes are well-planned and carefully-designed ‘natural’ habitats to give both the animals and the visitor a taste of authenticity.