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Central Park Zoo

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More than a million visitors a year flock here for quality time with some 130 species that inhabit this 6.5-acre corner of Central Park. Don't miss the Allison Maher Stern snow leopard exhibit, where tots can look for the critically endangered cats in a rocky evergreen landscape meant to replicate the mountainous regions of Central Asia. Visit the frigid penguin house to see the gentoo and chinstrap penguins waddle, and try to spot four new king penguins. Also look for the adorable California sea lion pup named Bruiser, a new addition to the sea lion exhibit. At the Amphibian Crisis Center, children can observe jungle frogs, poison-dart frogs, Surinam toads and tons of other little critters. Your fam can also gape at a giant indoor ant farm complete with interactive "I Spy…" challenges. Or explore the outdoor Tisch Children's Zoo: It houses more than 30 species, including goats and cows that enjoy being petted. A pair of rare Babydoll sheep (a chocolate–brown ram named Sid and a white ewe named Nancy) share the space with other sheep and the zoo's resident alpaca. The newest denizens are four miniature Nubian goats, as well as a teensy kid that was born a few months after their arrival.
Venue name: Central Park Zoo
Address: Southeast corner of Central Park,
New York

Cross street: enter at Fifth Ave and 64th St
Venue phone: 212-439-6500
Website: http://centralparkzoo.com
Opening hours: Daily 10am–4:30pm
Transport: Subway: N, R to Fifth Ave–59th St
Price: $12, seniors $9, children ages 3–12 $7, children under 3 free
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