The Bronx Zoo in New York allows you to travel inside the world of other countries without having to actually visit them. Explore Africa’s savannah where the grasses are tall, the trees are few and in between and the wildlife is plentiful by visiting the African Plains exhibit. Investigate Jungle World and discover some of Asia’s beautiful habitats along with seeing the creatures that reside within the Jungle, in mangroves, and on the beaches of Asia. Discover the majestic mountains of Nepal by seeking out the Himalayan Highlands exhibit, where you get to travel narrow uphill paths which are surrounded by wild magnolias, bamboo, groves of fir and birch, paperback maples, and other Asian plants and trees. Made up of 265 acres, the Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in the United States and is home to over 4,000 animals. Many of the animals that can be found at the Bronx Zoo are either having their population threatened or are endangered altogether.
The wildlife that can be found at the Bronx Zoo is extensive. Within the African Plains exhibit witness how lions, zebras, giraffes, gazelles, nyalas, and other African wildlife roam around in a natural environment. The Madagascar exhibit is home to Nile crocodiles, fossas (related to the Mongoose), and 4 types of lemurs. Observe Siberian tigers, an extremely endangered species originating from East Russia, as they jump, swim, and even hunt a deer hide when you visit Tiger Mountain. The Baboon Reserve is one of the largest primate exhibits in the world, housing baboons, Nubian ibexes, and rock hyraxes. Want to see a larger primate? The Congo Gorilla Forest is home to more than 20 western lowland gorillas. It is also home to colobus monkeys, emerald tambourine doves, blue monkeys, okapis (related to the giraffe), DeBrazza’s monkeys, marmosets, and many other creatures. Other exhibits include the Butterfly Garden, the Mouse House, the World of Reptiles, and numerous others. The Bronx Zoo will keep you entertained for hours on end with everything there is to see and do. They even have stuff for the kids like Bug Carousel and the Children’s Zoo which allows kids to take pictures with chickens as well as pet goats, sheep, and llamas.
Cafes and food stands are located throughout the zoo so you can stop for some snacks during your exploration. There are even designated picnic areas conveniently located next to some of the exhibits so you can buy lunch and then rest your feet as you observe the wildlife while you chow down. You can find one of these picnic areas next to the Baboon Reserve in which the tables overlook the baboons’ hillside. The Bronx Zoo is open April 3rd to November 1st, Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm and on weekends and holidays from 10am-5:30pm and is located at Fordham Road and Bronx River Parkway. If you ever find yourself in New York, the Bronx Zoo is definitely a must-see. Visit the Bronx Zoo official website.