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Central Park Zoo, New York City

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Located in New York’s most famous park, Central Park Zoo houses over 150 different animal species. The compact 2.6 hectare (6.5 acre)-zoo has three major exhibit areas: tropic, temperate, and polar. Meet red pandas, snow leopards, dart poison frogs, lemurs, golden weavers, and more. Visit the children’s area to feed grain to friendly sheep, alpacas, and potbellied pigs. Other zoo activities include the penguin and sea lion feedings, and an immersive movie experience at the 4D theater for an extra fee. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Central Park Zoo by using our New York City holiday planner.
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  • A relatively small but very nice zoo. A good selection of animals (not as many as we had expected, but understandable considering the size). The grizzly bears and snow monkeys were especially good as ...  more »
  • Plan on spending a couple of hours getting up close and personal with the animals. Penguin feeding times early in the morning are a must. The layout gives you great views of the animals even if they a...  more »
  • Great Zoo for all ages and they have a children's zoo too. Off 5th ave in NYC second to none the zoo is fabulous! U can see the sea lions up close and all kinds of animals and birds from the animal ki...  more »
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  • Perfect for a toddler's day out. It's a small zoo and very easy to navigate. The bears, the peacock, the owl and the sea lion show were the highlights for us. There's also a petting zoo which is fun for kids (make sure to wash hands thoroughly after). Avoid the 5D experience - the glasses are wrinkled, lines can be long and it's just not worth it for 10 minutes of a story that makes no sense (we saw the Ice Age show).
  • After witnessing the polar bear obsessive behavior in his tiny exhibit I stopped going to the zoo. Of course the one best died and the other bear died after that. It is very objectionable to place these majestic animals in such environment. NYC climate is not appropriate and I was not able to locate a banquise! Last week, I went to the zoo with a friend visiting the city and witness another horror. The red panda was in deep distress because of the heat. He was panting and pacing frantically around the tiny exhibit. NYC is not the proper climate for a red panda. How can a zoo explain the treatment of their trapped animals in their care? No educational purpose, only greed that exploits children passion for polar bears, pandas, penguins etc. Oh, and all the justifications about the animals not being able to be returned to the wild!! There is a middle way. It is called sanctuaries where the animals are treated with decency and respect for their needs. Please start thinking of yourself in one of these cages. Would you be happy to be on exhibit under those conditions? Please watch natgeo channel and you will see the animals in their splendor. Children will learn to love and understand how each wild animal live. Not at this money making place!
  • This zoo is too small to be humane. They cram so many animals into such small cages. While many zoos around the country are great for animal conservation or for injured and disabled animals, the Central Park Zoo certainly isn't one.
  • I hit that place upon a bicycle tour 2009. I have been very impressed. A must see location. Recommended to go.
  • Really pretty place and animals have big space with trees, water. When you're there you don't feel like it is inside so big city. Awesome.

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