This zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo in the US and one of the largest in the entire world. The Bronx River flows through the Zoo and it is a neighbor of the NY Botanical Gardens.
I can honestly say going on the Fourth of July in close to 100 degree heat was not the brightest idea but it was a friend’s birthday and on her bucket list and she was here from Arizona and – well….. you know what you must do for friends!!!
Be prepared however if you want to enter the Children’s Zoo that it is an extra fee. Also the concession stands throughout the park do not open until 11:30 but the park opens at 10:00 am so bring water if it is hot.
Within the Children’s Zoo you can see: Prairie Dogs, A Two-Toed Sloth (if it is out), Flamingos, Squirrel Monkeys, Porcupines, Tortoises, Skunks, Rabbits, Screamer Chicks, and Mini Nubian Goats
Did you know: Flamingoes tip their heads upside down to eat!
Did you know: Porcupines use their spiky quills to keep predators away.
Did you know: Tortoises can feel vibrations when people or animals walk by.
African Plains featuring: Tigers on our visit it was so hot the tigers were not moving, just panting in the heat trying to keep themselves cool like we were!
Himalayan Highlands: Snow Leopards were trying to stay cool in the shade. Do you sense a theme here! A 7 day heat wave in New York in not a common event.
Birds of Prey: Bald Eagles, Snowy Owls and King Vultures
Did you know: While all owls hunt at night, Snowy Owls also hunt during the day since they live near the Arctic Circle.
Madagascar: Red Ruffed Lemurs, Coquerel’s Sifaka, Ring-Tailed Lemurs
Did you know: Ring-tailed Lemurs raise their striped tails like flags to signal their location to other group members when traveling.
Did you know: the Collared Lemur uses its long tail for balance when leaping across branches
Did you know: The Red-ruffed Lemur is hunted by people on parts of Madagascar but is free from that threat in Masoala and Makira.
Père David’s Deer has Back-pointing antlers, a long head with small pointed ears found in China on the marshy grasslands.