Prospect Park Zoo guide

It's springtime---head to this wildlife wonderland to see the baby (and veteran) animals.

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  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

    A baby wallaby on the Discovery TrailThis joey, named Windarra, is one of two...

    A baby wallaby on the Discovery Trail
    This joey, named Windarra, is one of two infants who were born in October, but just emerged from a period of incubation in its mother's pouch. The babies are named after Australian cities (the other is called Canberra). Brace yourself for cute overload (there's more ahead).

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Hamadryas baboons in the Animal Lifestyles exhibitTwo tykes, Jabari and Azizi,...

    Hamadryas baboons in the Animal Lifestyles exhibit
    Two tykes, Jabari and Azizi, recently joined the baboon pack as well. Go after 2pm to catch a glimpse.

  • Photograph: Jamie Bixby

    Hamadryas baboons in the Animal Lifestyles exhibitThey spend much of their day...

    Hamadryas baboons in the Animal Lifestyles exhibit
    They spend much of their day grooming. It's a rough life.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Hamadryas baboons in the Animal Lifestyles exhibitEven baboons tell their kids...

    Hamadryas baboons in the Animal Lifestyles exhibit
    Even baboons tell their kids to walk, not run.

  • Photograph: Jamie Bixby

    Hamadryas baboons in the Animal Lifestyles exhibitPiggyback rides transcend...

    Hamadryas baboons in the Animal Lifestyles exhibit
    Piggyback rides transcend species.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    A meerkat in the Animals in Our Lives exhibitMost meerkats like to put on a...

    A meerkat in the Animals in Our Lives exhibit
    Most meerkats like to put on a show for their audience, continually eyeing the crowd and prancing back and forth. This guy, on the other hand, looks like he's ready to kick back with a beer.

  • Photograph: Jamie Bixby

    Meerkats in the Animals in Our Lives exhibitIn meerkat manor, anything...

    Meerkats in the Animals in Our Lives exhibit
    In meerkat manor, anything goes---whether it's cuddling or copulating.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    A Pallas cat in the Animal Lifestyles exhibitNo, that's not an ordinary house...

    A Pallas cat in the Animal Lifestyles exhibit
    No, that's not an ordinary house cat. Turns out these thick-furred felines have some of the densest coats of any cat species. Native to Russia, this princely kitty is named after the last czar, Nicholas.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    A Pallas cat in the Animal Lifestyles exhibitAnd there's his wife, Alexandra...

    A Pallas cat in the Animal Lifestyles exhibit
    And there's his wife, Alexandra. She's a mean one (seriously, she's known to pound the glass and snarl at visitors).

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    North American river otters on the Discovery TrailOgie and Dixie have the most...

    North American river otters on the Discovery Trail
    Ogie and Dixie have the most scandalous relationship at the zoo---at nine, Ogie's much older than his companion, age two. Regardless, the playful pair are entertaining to watch as they splash about the stream, and they have endearing otter-love moments like these.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Painted turtles and red-eared sliders on the Discovery Trail Meanwhile, the...

    Painted turtles and red-eared sliders on the Discovery Trail
    Meanwhile, the turtles play How Many Can Squish on a Log?

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    A black swan on the Discovery TrailThese really exist outside of Darren...

    A black swan on the Discovery Trail
    These really exist outside of Darren Aronofsky movies.

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    Tamarins in the Animal Lifestyles ExhibitThis family of monkeys swings from the...

    Tamarins in the Animal Lifestyles Exhibit
    This family of monkeys swings from the branches all day long.

  • Photograph: Jamie Bixby

    Hornbills in the Animal Lifestyles ExhibitToucan Sam these are not---hornbills...

    Hornbills in the Animal Lifestyles Exhibit
    Toucan Sam these are not---hornbills are tropical birds native to Africa and Asia.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    An iguana in the Animals Lifestyles exhibitHaven't seen one of these since you...

    An iguana in the Animals Lifestyles exhibit
    Haven't seen one of these since you visited your high-school neighbor's bedroom, right? Check out this reptile in a more natural habitat.

  • Photograph: Jamie Bixby

    Cockatoos in the Animals in Art exhibitYou may have seen a similar hairstyle on...

    Cockatoos in the Animals in Art exhibit
    You may have seen a similar hairstyle on the L train.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Piranhas in the Animals in Our Lives exhibitThese carnivorous fish are less...

    Piranhas in the Animals in Our Lives exhibit
    These carnivorous fish are less bloodthirsty than Hollywood would like us to believe: They eat other (already dead) fish and behave with civility at mealtime.

  • Photograph: Jamie Bixby

    Sheep and goats in the Barn & GardenGrab a bag of animal feed for 50 and give...

    Sheep and goats in the Barn & Garden
    Grab a bag of animal feed for 50 and give these farm animals a treat.

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    An alpaca in the Barn & GardenHe was dropped on his head as a child. Just...

    An alpaca in the Barn & Garden
    He was dropped on his head as a child. Just kidding---alpacas just get the most excited at snack time.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    A cow in the Barn & GardenIt's Aggie the maidenly cow, however, that steals all...

    A cow in the Barn & Garden
    It's Aggie the maidenly cow, however, that steals all the hearts in the barnyard. "You are the color to my rainbow, you are a beautiful cow," reads one fan letter. "I hope we meet soon." She's not going anywhere: Aggie has been at the zoo as long as it's existed, since 1993.

Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

A baby wallaby on the Discovery TrailThis joey, named Windarra, is one of two...

A baby wallaby on the Discovery Trail
This joey, named Windarra, is one of two infants who were born in October, but just emerged from a period of incubation in its mother's pouch. The babies are named after Australian cities (the other is called Canberra). Brace yourself for cute overload (there's more ahead).

Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave at Empire Blvd, Prospect Park, Brooklyn (718-399-7339, prospectparkzoo.com). Mon--Fri 10am--5pm; Sat, Sun 10am--5:30pm; $8, seniors $6, children ages 3--12 $5, children under 3 free.

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