Manhattan’s Central Park Zoo is one of the oldest in the country, first opening on its current site in 1861. In the 1980s, the Wildlife Conservation Society assumed management of the park under a contract with the City of New York and completed a dramatic five year transformation. Since reopening in 1988, their mission has been to engage future generations of conservationists and create wildlife champions.
The zoo is open every day of the year and features three major biomes: the Tropic Zone, Temperate Territory, and the Polar Circle. From tropical birds, to snow leopards, grizzly bears, and one of the nation’s largest colonies of Antarctic penguins, there are animals to enjoy in every season. They also feature the Tisch Children’s Zoo, a playful adventure for young guests who’ll encounter goats, sheep, some of the world’s most unique ducks, and the only cow who calls Manhattan home.
Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard (open year round)
Watch these magnificent big cats navigate steep terrain with such grace. In the wild, they are known to jump 20 to 30 feet when chasing speedy prey.
Central Garden & Sea Lion Pool (open year round)
At the heart of the park, their sea lion gang can be seen sunning themselves or swimming amidst the Manhattan skyline. The exhibit features both above and below water viewing of some of our most acrobat swimmers.
Grizzly Bear & Treena's Overlook (open year round)
The newest additions made their way downtown from the Bronx Zoo. In the wild, these impressive bears grew too comfortable with people, so they took them in as rescues.
Polar Circle (open year round)
At the heart of Manhattan, this exhibit boasts harbor seals and birds from the ends of the earth. Watching Penguins and puffins is a great way to distract you from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life!
Temperate Territory (open year round)
Whisk off to Asia for a visit with snow monkeys, red pandas, and cranes. While the monkeys surprisingly love the water, you’ll often find the red pandas in the trees, they use their bushy tails for balance.
Tisch Children's Zoo (open year round)
Home to sheep, goats, zebu, and more, plus plenty of opportunities for young visitors to crawl, jump, climb, and pretend to be animals, the Children’s Zoo always brings out the child in us. Not to mention, it has the only cow in Manhattan.
Tropic Zoo: The Rainforest (open year round)
There’s a startling variety of animals here, from the forest floor to the canopy, including a wide range of tropical birds and an engaging troop of black-and-white ruffed lemurs. Keep your eyes peeled!
An immersive experience featuring the visual drama of a 3-D film with a variety of built-in sensory effects. It’s quite an adventure. Please note: this experience is geared for children ages 6 and up, and is not recommended for children under age 4.