Things to Do in New York City
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For years, zoos have been maligned as places of incarceration for wild animals, but at the current rate at which some species are becoming endangered or extinct, zoos now play a pivotal role in the conservation of our planet’s beasts. The Bronx Zoo is a perfect example of commitment to animal conservation; for 120 years it has worked with the New York Zoological Society to ensure animals’ longevity and continuance. In fact, it has been directly involved with reintroducing species to their natural habitats (for example, bison to the American Plains).
In addition to conservation efforts, the zoo operates a Wildlife Health Centre in which scientists are working to prevent and cure disease in wild animals. More than 2 million people a year visit the Bronx Zoo and their admission fees help to fund this dedicated work.
The Bronx Zoo is also just that, a zoo, place where humans can come face to face with animals in a recreated habitat, a controlled, safe setting. Much better than meeting a lion or bear on the street! The zoo offers free admission on Wednesdays, making it a truly affordable destination.
Explore the Butterfly Garden (in season), Jungle World, the Sea Lion Pool and let your children pet the goats, donkeys and sheep at the farmyard. There is an events schedule, and visitors may opt to attend set feeding times for the animals at the zoo.