Home Page of "New York City Zoos" by Joan Scheier
New York City Zoos
There are seven chapters in the book. One for each of the zoos located in New York City, one for the Aquarium and a chapter that will show the children's zoos. The Central Park Zoo, The Bronx Zoo, The Prospect Park Zoo and the Staten Island Zoo all began as a collection of animals in the local park. The Aquarium 's first location was at the tip of Manhattan at Battery Park. The Queens Zoo was the last of the zoos in New York City and was built at the site of the 1964 World's Fair. There are 200 photographs for you to enjoy and a walk through the history of the Zoos of New York City.
Dr. Dan Wharton, Director Central Park Zoo:
"New York City is rich in an enormous variety of cultural institutions including many museums, opera houses, theatres. In addition to these treasured institutions, New York City also has five zoos and one aquarium. New York City zoos have changed dramatically since their earliest days. The bar-less zoo is now the norm where carefully planned naturalistic habitats are the homes for hundreds of species of wildlife living in species-typical social groups. No longer do zoos compete for the largest and most varied collections. Instead, they cooperate in scientifically managed breeding programs, reducing the number of species per zoo so that those remaining have more space for natural and nurturing habitats. The one thing that never changes is that animals themselves remain the stars of all zoo experiences."
excerpt from Introduction
Central Park Zoo, 1983 view from the Arsenal
The Central Park Zoo is open 365 days a year!
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Elephant House, The Bronx Zoo, 1900
The Bronx Zoo is open 365 days a year!
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Prospect Park Zoo, Opening Day 1935
The Prospect Park Zoo is open 365 days a year!
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Some words about the picture
Queens Zoo, 1968, Black Bear with Unisphere in the background.
The Queens Zoo is open 365 days a year!
For further information about the Queens Zoo, please call 718-271-1500.
New York Aquarium
Interior of Aquarium at Battery Park 1905
The New York Aquarium is open 365 days a year.
For further information please call 718-265-FISH.
The Bronx Children's Zoo , overview 1946