Central Park Zoo – New York, New York

Where can you see snow leopards, red pandas and grizzly bears all in the same place?

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In Central Park, of course.

The Central Park Zoo is a small but very well laid out zoo.

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This is not a zoo where you see the animals in a concrete cage behind bars.  Living spaces are spacious and the native habitat of each species is replicated.

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Money raised goes toward wildlife conservation.

The animals are interactive with their keepers.  If you are lucky enough to be around for mealtime or playtime, the event is fun for the animals and can be very educational for spectators.  The staff is very knowledgeable and can answer any questions you may have.

The Snow Leopards were new to me on this visit.  I couldn’t wait to see them.  Unfortunately, I only got to see the back of their heads.  But, being such elusive creatures, it is rare for 1 human to see them in their lifetime.  So, I still consider myself very lucky and I’m good with it.

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Statues, gardens, shops and a restaurant help you keep cool, have a place to sit or take a moment to just chill out for a bit.

One thing that is especially cool is the Delacorte Clock.  Named after philanthropist George T. Delacorte, the whimsical timepiece puts on quite a show and takes you straight back in time to your childhood.  Chimes and nursery rhymes play every day on the hour and half hour from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.  When the music starts, so does the action.  A bear, an elephant, a goat, a penguin, a hippo, and a kangaroo all play different musical instruments in a circle around the clock.  Two monkeys at the top bang hammers on the bell.  There are 44 tunes and the music changes seasonally.

 

If you have time and are in the area, you can spend an hour or a day here, no problem.


PARK HOURS

MARCH 30, 2018 — NOVEMBER 3, 2018
Monday — Friday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Weekends & Holidays
10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

NOVEMBER 4, 2018 – APRIL 5, 2019
Daily
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Last entry is 30 minutes prior to closing.

GENERAL ADMISSION*

  • Adult (13 & over)   $12
  • Child (3-12)   $7
  • Child (2 & under)   FREE
  • Senior (65+)   $9

4-D THEATER

  • Ages 3 & up   $7
  • WCS Members   $4

Central Park Zoo

E 64th St & 5th Ave
New York, NY 10021

(212) 439-6500

Location: 40.76777, -73.97183