The zoo first opened in 1899, and the designs of the many buildings shows just how long this zoo has been a mainstay in New York. Classic buildings still survive around the Astor Court section of the zoo, with the old cat house, monkey house and elephant house standing in this area. Not far off are newer buildings with interesting designs. For instance the World of Birds, with its catwalk ramp connecting the two levels, or the circular design of the World of Darkness.
It is of course the animals that are the stars of the zoo. Thousands of species are represented here. The elephants, lions, polar bears, and sea lions seem to be the biggest draws. The zoo keeps expanding with new exhibits, and the newest section is Tiger Mountain. This area is home to a handful of tigers, where they sometimes play and often sleep. This new display also discusses the conservation of the tigers' natural habitat as well as poachers. The zoo is run by the Wildlife Conservation Society, and tries to enlighten its visitors about threats to animals and the environment.
Personal year-round favorites are the before-mentioned World of Birds, with one of the zoo's mock rain forests and the aviation cage, where aquatic birds get a good chance to spread their wings. The Buffalo Range and the Mouse House are also high on my list.
Many areas are open on a seasonal basis. The Bengali Express monorail, the Skyride cable cars, and the tram rides all open in the spring. The Children's Zoo is also a summer attraction, and a must for children. Kids get a chance to live like the animals for a few moments, from exploring large prairie dog holes to climbing a large spider web to getting to hear the world the way a fox does. There is also your typical petting zoo for the kids to see once they've worn themselves out.
Not all the seasonal events are summer-based. In December, the zoo stays open late for the "Holiday Lights" display. With wire frame animals in some of the fields.
Prices vary for the Bronx Zoo. Some tickets allow people only general access and others allow people to visit all areas. Prices I believe are also based on seasonal conditions. To get to the zoo, take the 2 or 5 Subways. A number of bus lines also stop nearby. Driving may be the best solution if possible, with easy access to the Bronx River Parkway.
I like to visit zoos when I travel. I was lucky to be born in city with a number of zoos. Of those, it is the Bronx Zoo that stands above all others, and perhaps above all zoos in the world.
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