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The Bronx Zoo – A Paradise for Kids and Adults Alike

The Bronx Zoo – A Paradise for Kids and Adults Alike

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The Bronx Zoo – Location

The Bronx Zoo is located in The Bronx borough of New York City. Although it is not in Manhattan, it is quite easily accessible by public transportation.

Its exact address is:

The Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx New York 10460


The Bronx Zoo – Contact Details

  • Phone: (718) 220-5100
  • Website:


About The Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo is situated in the Bronx region of New York City, and contains over 265 acres of flora and fauna habitats and attractions. It is the biggest metropolitan zoo in the United States.

Giraffes at The Bronx Zoo

Giraffes at The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx River also flows through the Bronx zoo.

The Bronx Zoo is certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It is a part of an incorporated system of four zoos and one aquarium supervised by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

The zoo first opened on November 8, 1899. It featured 843 animals in 22 exhibits at that time.

The Bronx Zoo has also been called the Bronx Zoological Park and the Bronx Zoological Gardens at various points in time.


What to See at The Bronx Zoo

Congo Gorillas

Congo Gorillas

Many endangered or threatened species are kept in this zoo. Since 2010, the Bronx Zoo is the habitat to more than 4,000 animals of 650 species.

Some of the exhibits at the Bronx Zoo are arranged by categorization, while others are arranged geographically.

One of the outdoor exhibits named “African Plains” allows you to walk past lions, storks and zebras, and see herds of gazelles sharing their home with nyalas. African wild dogs and Giraffes roam in close proximity.

In “Baboon Reserve“, you can observe the Geladas from numerous points of view with the Nubian ibexes, rock hyraxes, and African waterfowl that also live in this area.

You can walk through the “Congo Gorilla Forest” that is home to the 20 or so western lowland Gorillas, and can also see Colobus monkeys, guenon, marmosets and mandrills.

Jungle World

Jungle World

One of the indoor exhibits is “Jungle World” which is the residence of almost 800 animals including otters, gibbons, and tapir that live in mangroves and on the seashore.

You can also watch the species that are typically on the jungle floor including stag beetles, scorpions, and fire-bellied toads behind a glass. A waterfall lets visitors sit and watch Gourami and Fly River turtles.

Other indoor exhibits are Butterfly Garden, Monkey House, Madagascar, and World of Birds.


Sea Lion Feeding at The Bronx Zoo

Sea Lion Feeding at The Bronx Zoo

Activities at The Bronx Zoo

  • Animal Activity Trail
  • Bee Eater Buffet
  • Bug Carousel
  • Camel Rides
  • Penguin Feedings
  • Sea Lion Feedings


The Bronx Zoo Hours

  • Summer Hours (March 31 – November 4): 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays)
  • Winter Hours (November 5 – March 30): 10.00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Important Points to Note

  • The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day.
  • Last admission is sold 30 minutes before park closing.
  • Animal exhibits close 30 minutes before closing.
  • The Bug Carousel and 4-D Theater are open until park closing.


How to reach The Bronx Zoo

It is very easy to reach the Bronx Zoo from anywhere in the city using public transport.


The Bronx Zoo Monorail

The Bronx Zoo Monorail

By Train / Subway

  • You can take the 2 or 5 trains to East Tremont Ave / West Farms Square subway station


By Bus

Although it is quite easy to reach The Bronx Zoo by Subway, there are also many bus options available to you.

  • From Manhattan: You can take the BxM11 express bus that stops at the Zoo’s Bronx River entrance
  • From the Bronx: You can take the Bx9 or Bx19 buses to 183rd Street and Southern Blvd or Bx12 or Bx22 buses to Fordham Road and Southern Blvd
  • From Queens: You can take the Q44 to 180th Street and Boston Road


The Bronx Zoo Admission Tickets

  • General Admission: Adult $16.95, Child (3 – 12) $11.95, Senior (65+) $14.95
  • Total Experience Tickets (Zoo admission plus unlimited access to the Special Rides & Attractions): Adult $29.95, Child (3 – 12) $19.95, Senior (65+) $24.95

Insider Tip: You can visit the Bronx Zoo for free on Wednesdays. Wednesday is a suggested donations day, and although the suggested donation is $16 / $12 / $14 for adults / children / seniors, you can enter for absolutely no charge! The total experience ticket costs $12.95 on Wednesdays.


The Bug Carousel

The Bug Carousel

Rides and Attractions Rates

  • 4D Theater: $5
  • Bug Carousel: $3
  • Butterfly Garden: $3
  • Children’s Zoo: $4
  • Congo Gorilla Forest: $5
  • Jungle World: $4
  • Wild Asia Monorail: $4
  • Zoo Shuttle: $3


Other Rates

  • Car parking: $14 Weekdays, $15 weekends and holidays
  • Single stroller rental: $10
  • Double stroller rental: $15
  • Wheelchair rental: Free, $20 refundable deposit


Other Tourist Attractions Near The Bronx Zoo

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