The Bronx Zoo is the world’s largest metropolitan zoo at 265 acres of park lands and naturalistic habitats with around 6,000 animals representing about 650 species from all over the world.
The zoo opened to the public on November 8, 1899 and at that time featured only 843 animals in 22 exhibits.
Astor Court and sea lion pool
At the heart of the zoo park is Astor Court a collection of beaux-arts style buildings that were part of the zoo at the turn of the 20th century that surround the circular sea lion pool.
Benches and picturesque walkways adorn the pleasant peacock garden, and the Rockefeller fountain from 1903 completes the experience.
The Rockefeller fountain was originally standing in the main square by a lakeside in Como, Italy. It was purchased by William Rockefeller in 1902 and moved to the zoo in 1903.
In the African Plains exhibit you can see lions, storks, zebras, gazelles, wild dogs and giraffes in a Serengeti-like plain.
Baboons from the Ethiopian highlands are amongst the largest primate exhibits in the US. The grassy slopes of this area are home to gelada baboons, Nubian ibexes, and African waterfowl.
The butterfly garden lets you experience the wonder of butterflies in a lush wild meadow and greenhouse surrounded by lilac, echinacea, and other flowering shrubs and wildflowers. Classical music creates a wonderful backdrop to the graceful dancing of the monarchs, julias, and other winged beauties on display here.
World of birds
Inside the world of birds exhibit there are dozens of exotic birds to explore. Blue-bellied rollers sing, helmeted curassows nod in rhythm to the songs, and the Cuban Amazon parrots sway smoothly back and forth.
World of reptiles
The exhibit of reptiles at the World of Reptiles features an astounding variety of exotic reptiles from all over the world including frogs that look like moss, turtles with snouts like pigs, 22 foot long python snakes, Cuban crocodiles, poison dart frogs, and many many more.
New this year at the zoo is the Dinosaur Safari which is a tour onboard a paleontologist’s wagon through the prehistoric Earth with an array of computer controlled life-sized dinosaur models that growl, hiss and lunge at you along the way.
Wild Asia monorail
We ride the Wild Asia monorail which takes visitors above the mud wallows and pastures, forests, and riverbanks to the heart of Wild Asia. Along the way we see a variety of animals including tigers, elephants, and rhinos.
The monorail also travels along the Bronx River where you can see egrets fish in the reeds, turtles catch some sun on the logs, and ducks paddle the waterways.
The trip lasts about 20 minutes and covers about 40 acres of natural habitats.