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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.

Bug Carousel

Bug Carousel 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

Butterfly Garden

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.

Children's Zoo

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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