"New York City Zoos" by Joan Scheier
The Staten Island Children's Zoo
"Nowhere does the union of play and learning exemplify itself more than at a Children's Zoo. As a child, growing up in New York, I remember the excitement of the next animal exhibit along the path. Always thinking "Which animal is in the next one? What will the animals be doing? Are the keepers there for a feeding?" Typically last, but not least, there was the wonderful interaction in the petting area where I got to experience the joy of being a licked by a goat. So go ahead and take the kids to one of the New York City's great zoos and be sure to stop by the children's zoos that have been part of the zoos since the 1940's. It will never be so easy to have some fun while your child learns."
Farm animals are at all the New York City Zoos. Here are two pygmy goats with their keepers when they first arrived at the Staten Island Zoo. A full grown pygmy goat is usually less than two feet tall, a perfect size for children to feed and pet.
Pony rides are part of the visit to the children's zoo. A keeper takes small visitors for a ride around the pony track for a small fee. The Shetland pony is the smallest breed of horse, not over two feet tall with a gentle disposition.
" First Class Ponies, Inc"