Saturday, June 6, 2015

Children’s zoo reopens at Bronx Zoo after renovation

Photo by Julie Larsen Maher.
The Children’s Zoo at Wildlife Conservation Society’ Bronx Zoo has undergone a renovation and has officially reopened.

“Originally opened at the Bronx Zoo in 1941, the Children’s Zoo is a historic part of any visit to the Bronx Zoo,” said Jim Breheny, WCS executive vice president and Bronx Zoo director. “The children’s zoo is an experience people remember from their childhoods and represents many people’s first up-close encounter with wild animals.”

Species new to the children’s zoo include giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), Linne’s Two- toed Sloth (Choloepus didactylus), South American coatimundi (Nasua nasua) and the world’s smallest deer: the pudu (Pudu puda). Other wildlife favorites returning to the children’s zoo include American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus), and South American squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) which now live on an island habitat surrounded by wading Caribbean flamingoes (Phoenicopterus ruber) and other dabbing waterfowl.

The exhibit improvements are substantial, but maintain the walk-through trail experience and key features such as the aviary, prairie dog tunnels, bird nests, turtle shells, and tree house slide that have become iconic and a source of nostalgia for many.

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