Central Park Zoo in New York City

by Denise Marie

The Central Park Zoo is one of four zoos that are managed by the Widlife Conservation Society and has been around since 1988. It is located on the corner of Central Park at 64th Street and 5th Avenue. The zoo itself isn’t that big and is considered one of the smaller zoos. It was the first official zoo to open to native New Yorker’s.

The zoos culture grew rapidly attracting visitors from all around the world. It is a true natural habitat for animals to continue to live normal lives with the care that is needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle without being out in the wilderness.

For decades the park has become home to many visitors and animals. Thousands of visitors stop by frequently to witness the animals living in their natural habitat. In total there are more than 130 unique species. Making sure each animal is cared for and each visitor gets the true sensation of how wildlife survives is what Central Park Zoo is set out to do.

History of the Zoo
History dates way back to the 1860’s when residents took it upon themselves to house animals of all nature. It was then approved in 1864 for construction to begin housing for the excess collection of animals that ranged from bears, birds to other wildlife. Funding was made available at a later date to finalize permanent structures for the animals.

Over the years, the zoo turned into a major attraction and was taken over by the Wildlife Conservation. Renovation began in the early 1980’s when the New York’s Parks department joined forces with the WCS to take the necessary steps to improve the structures and modernize the facility with replacing cages and improving habitats of all animals.

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Animals and Exhibits
Animals from all walks of life can be found here. Mammals include California Sea Lion, Polar Bear, Red Panda, Snow Monkey and Snow Leopard. Four different types of birds are housed here including Bali Mynah, Scaly-Sided Merganser, King Eider and Gentoo Penguins. The final group is Reptiles and Amphibians.

Exhibits are an ongoing scheduled event with seven running regularly. All exhibits are educational providing tons of knowledge with each specie. Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard Exhibit, 4-D Theater, Temperate Territory, Central Garden and Sea Lion Pool, Polar Circle, Tisch Children’s Zoo and Tropic Zone: The Rainforest.

Animal profiles are available for each one as well as detailed information on each exhibit and other scheduled events that take place all year round.

Visiting Central Park Zoo
Planning your trip to Central Park Zoo is quite simple. There are many scheduled activities for the entire family to enjoy, dining options and a full events calendar to plan a successful trip. Many facilities are disability accessible and are available for guests to use. The Central Park Zoo is a great place to getaway if you want to explore nature’s wildlife, species from all points of the world or if you want to place an event. Before planning your next trip, visit the website to inquire about hours and rates.