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Central Park Zoo.

Maintained by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Central Park Zoo is arguably one of the top tourist attractions that keep people flocking to New York by the dozens.  Originally established in 1859, the zoo has undergone several redesign and remodeling changes.  Most of them took place in the 80’s.   Due to poor conditions, the zoo was closed down and later reopened to the public on August 8, 1988.  In the list of the United State’s publicly owned zoos, the Central Park Zoo comes second, just behind the Philadelphia Zoo.  Located in the East Side of Central Park between 63rd and 66th street, the zoo is highly accessible to everyone.
It has been documented that the Central Park Zoo houses over 150 different animal species, and sits on a whopping 5 acres.  That’s equivalent to about 5 football fields!  The zoo is divided up into 3 main attractions, which are as follows:  The Polar Circle, The Rain Forest, and The Temperate Territory.


The Polar Circle
A huge fan favorite among young children, this particular exhibit houses polar bears and harbor seals.  Plus, there are over 50 species of Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins.  There are also Tufted and King penguins, which are the latest penguins to be recently added to the Central Park Zoo family.


The Rain Forest
For those interested in all things creepy and crawly, this exhibit definitely fits the bill.  Numerous frogs, lemurs, and snakes can be found here.  The pride and joy of the exhibit to currently be featured are two birds.  The first is the Victoria Crowned Pigeon, which is from New Guinea.  The second is the Crested Coua, which is a native of Madagascar. 


The Temperate Territory
Home to Swan Geese and Japanese Macaques, this exhibit takes up a big part of the zoo.  The reason for this is mostly because of the tank that features the exquisite California Sea Lions.  The exhibit that houses them is so big, it starts at the center of the exhibit and goes all the way around to the back of the zoo!
While the three abovementioned sections do make up the majority of the zoo, they aren’t the only attractions featured at the zoo.  Others include an anteater exhibit, chilled penguin house, polar bear pool, polar seabirds exhibit, and a snow leopard exhibit.  Endangered species are featured as well.  Some of the many rare breeds include, but are not limited to the following:  Red pandas, Tamarin monkeys, Wyoming toads, Mini Nubian goats, Mouse deer, and Blue-headed Macaw parrots.
The hours of admission to the Central Park Zoo vary, depending on which month it is.  From April through October, the zoo is open on weekdays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  On weekends, it is open from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.  From November through March, the zoo is open every day from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  Even though the hours of admission differ depending on which month you choose to visit, the rates always stay the same.  Adults pay $10, seniors pay $7, and children from ages 3-12 pay $5.  Any children under the age of three are admitted for free.