Bronx Zoo: Exhibits and attractions at the Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo is chock-full of animal exhibits and kid-friendly attractions, from a bug-themed carousel to a 4-D theater.
Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher
The Bronx Zoo is home to some 5,000 animals that are housed in exhibits broken down by species and environment, from Congo Gorilla Forest (home of the late, great Pattycake) and Tiger Mountain to the newest exhibit, Madagascar!, where little ones can come face-to-face with the isle's lemurs, crocs and hissing cockroaches. The Wild Asia Monorail alone tours 38 acres of exhibit space, home to elephants, tigers, rhinos and antelope (like some other Bronx Zoo attractions, though, it only runs during the summer months). In addition to its animal habitats, the Bronx Zoo boasts plenty of kid-friendly, interactive zones like the Children's Zoo, the Bug Carousel, the Butterfly Garden and the 4-D Theater, currently showing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Plus, we're excited for the Bronx Zoo's upcoming Dinosaur Safari—stay tuned for more details!
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Exhibits and the attractions at the Bronx Zoo
Added to the Bronx Zoo’s Butterfly Garden in 2005, the trippy Bug Carousel will charm all but the most confirmed entomophobes. Your kid can cruise on any of the 64 enormous, brightly painted insect replicas—be it the green praying mantis, orange grasshopper or red ladybug. Touted as the very first "all-bug carousel" (and who are we to argue?), it is educational as well as entertaining. A vivid hand-painted mural on the ride’s perimeter depicts the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies.
Families can scout out such winged beauties as monarchs and julias while strolling through a greenhouse and a lush meadow planted with native New York blooms (think lilac and echinacea). After comparing bug life cycles and peeking into the Nursery to see zookeepers caring for butterflies, kids can stop by the Pollination Hall of Fame photo booth to transform themselves into bumblebees, midge flies or other buzzy critters.
The Bronx Zoo's three-acre kid-friendly zone invites junior explorers to learn about animal habitats and behaviors through sensory experiences. Tykes will burrow through a prairie dog town, leap like a lemur, zoom down a tree slide and feed goats, sheep and llamas in the petting zoo. On their way out, families can pose for a snapshot with an animal at the photo booth.
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