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Bronx Zoo - Jungle World
An indoor exhibit ( extra fee, included on total experience ticket ) houses 800 assorted creatures from the large to the miniscule in environments stated to be jungle habitats and with temperatures to match. A large aquarium features exotic fishes and turtles, with rows of seats. For most of the exhibits, standing room only. As in many exhibits here, signage is minimal. Even so, this building is considered a highlight of a visit to the zoo, located somewhat out of the way in the southeast corner of the park near the monorail.
I must admit some disappointment in the exhibits themselves. Many, particularly for the regal black leopard, were small. Unlike the outdoor exhibits, the large animals seemed bored, just sitting staring. The monkeys never moved, like statues. Sad.
Bronx Zoo - Baboon Enclosure
The 5 acre baboon enclosure is considered one of the finest baboon habitats in the world, and multiple viewpoints are offered including an enclosed building, open air viewing, and the Samba village dining area. Gelada baboons are from a relatively small area of highland terrain in eastern Africa. Very active, their troop periodically takes off on a run over the hills, an exciting event. Lots of grooming.
The baboons share their space with Nubian ibex and a lot of Rock Hyrax, gregarious little creatures with, on our visit, a more than passing interest in reproduction. The ibex seem to avoid the baboons and remain high on the hill but the little hyrax show no fear as they scamper over the rocky outcroppings of the enclosure right adjacent the enclosed viewing area. And the kids all love these little creatures.
Bronx Zoo - The Bear Pit
The several acre bear pit contains a group of brown bears, and supposedly a grizzly as well. However, this is one of the few major exhibits without posted information and description. One of the most popular features of the park, it contains a long viewing platform overlooking a forested tract with ponds, rocks for bear-rests, and a waterfall. Their major dietary intake is dog food, 12 lbs at a serving.
Bronx Zoo - Bengali ( Wild Asia ) Monorail
This two mile long monorail exhibit covers a 40 acre plot surrounding the Bronx River, probably the only attractive segment of this creek in the entire borough. It is included in the Total Experience ticket or $5 per person. The cars are wheelchair friendly - with loaners for those with wide wheelchairs that don't fit. The circuit takes twenty minutes and is narrated live by the conductor, not a canned speech. For those fortunate enough to sit in the front car, the narrator adds extra comments along the way. Sadly, the cars never come to a stop and the railings are intrusive, limiting photo opportunities. Standing is not allowed.
Along the way throught the hilly wooded terrain, featured animals include elephants, tigers, rhinos, and wild horses in simulations of natural habitat. Asian deer and large wild cattle called gaurs are featured. On image 4, a red panda - secretive, rarely seen - the driver slowed the cars to an almost complete halt, enabling an image.
World Class Venue - Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, 265 acres of exhibit buildings and outdoor parks and enclosures. In the late 19th C, Fordham University sold almost all the land to the City of New York for $1000, specifiying that it was to be used as a park ( and conveniently a barrier to urbanization ) east of the university grounds. In 1895, New York State created the organization which became the Wildlife Conservation Society which still manages this zoo. The opening was in November 1899, with 843 animals. Today there are more than 4000, 650 species, many endangered or extinct in the wild. Some exhibits, typically those in buildings, are devoted to similar creatures while the outdoor enclosures often feature residents of varying types ( see the tip on baboon enclosure ).
The best website for the nuts and bolts of visiting the zoo is its own website, bronxzoo.com. Here are instructions for bus connections from Manhattan and the Bronx, subway access, and automobile routes. I would disagree with one part of these - no matter where you are driving from, head for exit 6 of the Bronx River Parkway, much simpler and less traffic ( all things taken equal ) than the other approaches. Arrive early, the lots fill and parking becomes a nightmare. The heavily advertised bus up Madison Avenue in Manhattan DOES NOT accept standard metrocards, only pay per ride and cash.
Hours and prices vary with the seasons, again best on www.bronxzoo.com. On this site, one can purchase so-called Total Experience tickets which run about $6-10 more varying with season and allow free admission to the special exhibits such as the jungle experience and the african safari monorail. If you visit two special exhibits, the Total Experience card pays for itself and you avoid having to queue for tickets. Child and senior discounts are considerable. Googling Bronx Zoo will bring up several sites selling discount tickets - some of these are bogus, not good.
Bronx Zoo - Surviving the Day
The Bronx Zoo is big, very big. The sealed pathways are curved and quite hilly, the attractions compelling, and it must be very difficult indeed to see more than half the zoo in one day. Frequent maps - image 2 - orient the visitor to animal exhibits, restrooms, dining facilities, and stage or movie shows. Water fountains are also infrequent, but ancient in lineage ( image 3 ). Unless one has a specific agenda, a visit is most likely to reflect which of the four main gates was used for entrance. We entered the Asia gate and spent the day in the eastern and southern parts of the park. Subway users would enter on the opposite side of the park and have of course an entirely different experience.
Restrooms are far fewer than one might imagine and worth searching out on the map when entering the park. Seriously.
For dining, there is apparently one real sitdown restaurant in the southwest portion of the zoo, several food courts, and a number of free standing carts ( most of these selling ice cream ). Offerings at the food courts - we ate at Samba Village, a collection of huts with cement roof shaped like African grass huts and painted a sombre brown - are predictably pretty expensive. Counter service. Hamburger and french fries - $9.25 including tax, sodas $2.50. Most of the food was pretty awful, but a chicken burrito containing lots of veggies and very little chicken was quite tasty for $9, perhaps ethnic pride amongst the largely Hispanic work force behind the counter.
One guarantee near the food courts - peacocks. Not at all standoffish, the boldest march right up to the diner and wait with variable patience for a handout. Just wander among the tables and the people, no fear, hungry and with big appetites ( images 1,4,5 ). Nominally their home is the African Plain area but they are not restrained and have the park to themselves.
On the western border of the park across Southern Boulevard is the old Italian neighborhood lining Arthur Avenue. I have never been, but the restaurants here are said to offer some of the best home Italian cooking in New York City. Worth considering at the end of a long day of animal watching and greasy chicken fingers at Samba.
The Bronx Zoo
If you're up for a diversion away from Manhattan, make your way to the Bronx Zoo. Pleasantly situated in Bronx Park, the zoo gives you a chance to see a very large collection of animals from all around the world. Snow Leopards and Polar Bears are big attractions, but the biggest camera hams are almost certainly the sea lions. Check out the monkeys while you're at it.
Admission is $15 for adults, $11 for children aged 3-12, and $13 for Seniors aged 65 and up. Admission on Wednesdays is "pay what you wish" (allowing poorer residents to visit the zoo). But if you had enough money to buy a plane ticket to New York, you probably should pay the full entry fee anyway. Parking costs $12.
The zoo is open 365 days a year, opening hours vary with season.
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Free Stuff in NEW YORK
This tip is for those who want to save money.Some people say that there is nothing free in this world,they are wrong.I am listing free things in NEW YORK.If you want to visit BRONX ZOO,the regular entry ticket cost $15.but every Wednesday,the admission is a pay what you wish donation.Even zero donation.One of the Must See Location is Statue Of Liberty,If you don't want to spend money and want to see a close look, take Staten Island Ferry,Its Free public transport which connects Staten Island with Manhattan.It pass through Statue Of Liberty.In rush hours it runs frequently.it runs 24hour.United Nation was founded on 26 June1945.Every June Sunday,Guided tour of UN is totally Free.The Downtown Connection® bus route connects South Street Seaport with Battery Park City, making stops at many important destinations from river to river. It's the most convenient way to explore Downtown's businesses, shops, restaurants and attractions. And since it's FREE, you can hop on and off as often as you like.
You can enjoy free wireless Internet access in several public spaces throughout Lower Manhattan. So step out and log on: surf the Web, check your e-mail, and send instant messages while relaxing in the park.
LOCATIONS. Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Plaza, Bowling Green
Winter Garden, 60 Wall Street Atrium
British Memorial Garden
Plaza at 7 World Trade Center, City Hall Park
South Street Seaport
Stone Street,Bryant Park,
and many more places
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You can see over 4,000 animals spaced out over 265 acres at the largest metropolitan zoo in the U.S. This zoo has been existence since the early 1900's and has been recently updates with areas like Children's Zoo, Butterfly Garden, and Congo Gorilla Forest. One down side is that those areas require extra admission fees to see. The zoo is open 365 days a year.
Unlike the Central Park Zoo (see my tip) to take full advantage of your admission fee you'll be here most of the day.
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Get out into the wild
Bronx zoo is amazing. I love wild animals and this is the closest to a safari that I will get in a long time. I feel very sorry for most animals that are stuck behind a glass or a net but I admire their beauty. I can’t wait to one day go to a real safari and witness them first hand but for now the Bronx zoo will just have to do. The animals are all very well taken care of; they look healthy and interact with humans very well. The monkeys always give you a show –stick your tongue at them and they will stick it right back at you. Tigers are my favorite and they are absolutely beautiful.
Try to go when it’s a little cooler (right after the summer) and they will be awake, otherwise if it’s too hot a lot of them will just be sleeping. Also, feed time is always a blast –you can ask what time the feeding time starts and show up around that time.
If you have an extra day
Definitely go to the Bronx Zoo. I have been to many zoos and also on safari. This is the best zoo out there. They have a Congo area that I highly recommend and a Wild Dog exhibit which I find wonderful, since they are endangered and rarely seen in Africa.
THE BRONX ZOO
My very first trip here was when I was eleven years old. My Aunt Dody brought me, my brother and my sister her while my mom was out of town for work. Even then this wonderful zoo amazed me. The modern Bronx Zoo is even more fantastic. The have added dozens of exhibits over the years and they continue to add them every year. This year they have added the African Dogs exhibit.
The summer hours for the zoo are 10:00-5:00 weekdays, and 10:00-5:30 weekends and holidays. Admission is $12 adults and $9 children (2-12) and seniors Thursday-Tuesday. The zoo is by donation on Wednesday. I do not recommend going to the zoo on Wednesdays due to the large crowds. The extra exhibits inside the zoo are at an additional fee, these are the Skysafar, Bug Carousel, Shuttle, Camel Rides, Butterfly Garden, Gorilla Congo, and the Monorail. The fees for these extras vary so please see the website for specifics. You can buy a POP pass which includes all the extras, see the website for details. If you plan to visit the Bronx Zoo several times or if you plan to visit any of the other zoos in the NYC area or even the NY Aquarium, you may want to consider purchasing a membership.
One of our favorite areas to visit in the zoo is the aviary. Patrick loves the birds, especially the really large ones. When we went this past spring we were able to see the absolutely adorable gorilla babies, as well as many other animal babies. I love the butterfly garden myself, although I have to admit its incredibly hot inside of it, but beautiful.
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Try to get to the Bronx Zoo early and stay all day, and wear some comfortable walking shoes. There's a lot to see and a lot of ground to cover so try to make the most of your day. I've never been to the park in winter so i'm not sure what you'll see...check out the website for more information.
Bronx Zoo in the Winter
Usually, going to the zoo is considered a warm-weather activity. But I prefer to go when the temperatures are a little colder - it smells better, and there are fewer crowds.
So, for my birthday this year, we paid a return visit to the Bronx Zoo, after eight years. The one thing that hadn't changed is that there's always something new at the Zoo - whether it's new buildings or exhibits, new animals, or just new homes for the animals.
In cold or inclement weather, you can practically spend the day just hopping between the nine fully enclosed "animal houses", without being subject too much to the weather. A few exhibits were closed, though, (or closed earlier than closing time for some reason), including most of the African Plains area, all the rides (Skyfari, Monorail, Shuttle and Camel Rides), the Pheasant Aviary, and the Aquatic Bird House/Sea Bird Colony/Big Birds. But we enjoyed the rest - and spent more time where we might not otherwise (i.e. indoors at the World of Birds).
Until April, the zoo is open 10-4:30, and costs $8 per adult, with a $7 per vehicle parking fee. Congo Gorilla Forest was free the day we went, due to the cold, but normally costs an additional $3. All of these fees go to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo, Central Park Zoo, and the NY Aquarium, as well as working worldwide on behalf of animal conservation.
Seem as though not many people get out to Bronx Zoo. I think it's worth a visit though . . . depending on how much time you have in New York.
My favourite attraction was the gorillas. It was fun to watch them.
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