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The Children's Zoo features interactive exhibits that let kids get a glimpse of what life might be like as their favorite animals. They can crawl into a turtle's shell, climb up a spider's web, or crawl through a prairie dog tunnel.
2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY, United States
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Try to visit the most popular exhibits, like the Congo Gorilla Forest, earlier in the day to avoid long afternoon lines. In colder weather, the Bronx Zoo puts fewer animals in outdoor areas, but additional indoor exhibitions are available to keep winter visitors entertained.
Opened in 1899 by the New York Zoological Society (later renamed the Wildlife Conservation Society), the Bronx Zoo is the flagship of the largest network of metropolitan zoos in the country. The zoo grounds, as well as the adjoining grounds of the New York Botanical Gardens, were formerly the property of Fordham University. The university sold the land to the city for the price of $1 on the condition that the lands would become a zoo and gardens and serve as a buffer between Fordham and the then-developing Bronx. Today, the Bronx Zoo houses more than 6,000 animals in its 265 acres of wooded grounds, including such rare or endangered species as Asian elephants, Chinese alligators, and snow leopards.
The Bronx Zoo established the world's first formal zoo education program in 1929 and since then has received many awards for its science-based educational programs, geared towards teachers and children in grades K-12. Today, the education program reaches more than 1.7 million schoolchildren in the New York metropolitan area and in school systems in all 50 U.S. states and in 15 countries. The zoo's many exhibitions are also an important part of its educational outreach efforts. They include Jungle World, a recreation of a tropical rainforest, and World of Darkness, where visitors can take a dark walk through the life of bats and naked mole-rats.