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Bronx Zoo

Wildlife Conservation Society that oversees the Bronx Zoo
Asia Gate Entrance
Asia Gate Entrance
Date opened November 8, 1899 [1]
Location 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx Park, Bronx, New York, 10460, USA
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AZA
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The Bronx Zoo is a world-famous zoo located within the Bronx Park, in the Bronx borough of New York City. The largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, the Bronx Zoo comprises 265 acres of parklands and naturalistic habitats, formerly part of Fordham University's property, along with the ajoining grounds that are the New York Botanical Gardens; the large plot of land was sold to the city for the price of $1 on the condition that the lands would become a zoo and gardens, which would buffer Fordham from the then developing Bronx. The zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, many of which are endangered or threatened species. The zoo originally opened its doors to the public on November 8, 1899, featuring 843 animals in 22 exhibits, after being established by New York Zoological Society (later renamed to Wildlife Conservation Society)[1]. Heins & LaFarge designed the original permanent buildings as a series of Beaux-Arts pavilions grouped around the large circular sea lion pool. Image File history File links Wildlife_Conservation_Society_logo. ... The Wildlife Conservation Society, (WCS), endeavours to save wildlife and wild lands though careful use of science, conservation around the world, education and through a system of urban wildlife parks. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Bronx Park is number 3 on this map of parks and greenspace. ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ... This article is about the state. ... The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (formerly the American Zoo and Aquarium Association), or AZA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. ... Giraffes in Sydneys Taronga Zoo A zoological garden, zoological park, or zoo is a facility in which animals are confined within enclosures and displayed to the public, and in which they may also be bred. ... Bronx Park is number 3 on this map of parks and greenspace. ... For other uses, see The Bronx (disambiguation). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Fordham University is a private, coeducational research university[2] in the United States, with three residential campuses located in and around New York City. ... The New York Botanical Garden is a prestigious botanical garden in New York City. ... is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... This article is about the zoo, for the tv series see The Bronx Zoo (TV). ... The Wildlife Conservation Society, (WCS), endeavours to save wildlife and wild lands though careful use of science, conservation around the world, education and through a system of urban wildlife parks. ... The New York-based architectural firm of Heins & LaFarge, composed of Philadelphia-born architect George Lewis Heins (1860–1907) and Christopher Grant LaFarge (1862–1938), who was the eldest son of the artist John LaFarge, famous especially for his stained glass panels, were responsible most notably for the original Romanesque... Beaux-Arts architecture[1] denotes the academic classical architectural style that was taught at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. ...

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Modern habitats

The Zoological Park (Bronx Zoo) was one of the first zoos in North America to move animals—often organized by families in Linnaean classification—from cages to more naturalistic environments (e.g., "The African Plains") and mixing species to replicate the native region of the species. Physical barriers such as moats, sometimes invisible to viewers, separate predators from prey. The zoo is especially known for its "Wild Asia" tramway, a monorail that allows spectators to observe Asian animals, and "Jungleworld", an indoor exhibit on plants and animals from tropical rain forests. The zoo also features the Congo Monkey Forest, the largest human-made rainforest in the world at 6.5 acres. Other large indoor exhibitions include "World of Darkness", which showcases nocturnal animals including caimans, bats, and naked mole rats. The building is kept completely dark during visitor hours to keep the animals active. The lights are turned on after closing, letting the creatures sleep. The zoo is also home to several indoor bird houses including "World of Birds", the famous two-story bird house containing hundreds of species. Here visitors can see the keepers toss live crickets to white-throated bee-eaters, as the birds catch the crickets midflight. The feeding can be seen daily at 2:45 pm local time. Carl Linnaeus, Latinized as Carolus Linnaeus, also known after his ennoblement as  , (May 13, 1707[1] – January 10, 1778), was a Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist[2] who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of nomenclature. ...


There are two other special enrichment sessions at the zoo. Visitors can watch keepers feed penguins at the Russel B. Aitken seabird colony, and see the special presentation at Tiger Mountain. At the latter, keepers perform daily checkups on the Siberian Tigers (as well as enriching them) through mesh, giving viewers an up close look at the tigers.


Other exhibits of note include the Birds of Prey Aviary sections, containing Andean Condors, the largest bird of prey, and the Aquatic Bird House. This indoor bird exhibition allows visitors to see larger, aquatic birds with no glass to inhibit photography.


The most recent exhibit finished is for African Wild Dogs, located near the cheetahs. Future expansion includes the renovation of the Lion House on historic Astor Court, which is being transformed into a Madagascar exhibit, showing lemurs, fossas, and a crocodile. This project is expected to be complete sometime in 2008.


The Bronx Zoo was also the title of a book authored by New York Yankees pitcher Sparky Lyle about the 1978 New York Yankees. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Albert Walter Sparky Lyle (born July 22, 1944) is an American former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ...


One of the zoo's most famous residents was a bison called Black Diamond which was the model used by James Earle Fraser for the buffalo nickel coin issued from 1913 to 1938, and more recently a one ounce gold bullion coin, the gold buffalo. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... End of the Trail James Earle Fraser (November 4, 1876 – October 11, 1953) was an American sculptor, born in Winona, Minnesota. ... The Indian Head (Buffalo) nickel was designed by James Earle Fraser. ... The American Buffalo is a 24 karat gold bullion coin first released by the United States Mint in June 2006. ...


Another famous resident was Ota Benga, an African man who was exhibited next to the orangutan cage in 1906, at the prompting of eugenicists. Ota Benga in 1904, showing his sharpened teeth. ... Eugenics is the self-direction of human evolution: Logo from the Second International Congress of Eugenics, 1921, depicting it as a tree which unites a variety of different fields. ...


A little known fact about the Bronx Zoo is that you can find male Peafowl throughout the whole zoo. Another little known fact is that in the Wild Aia monorail exhibit, you can find a population of melanistic Eastern Gray Squirrels. “Peacock” redirects here. ... Melanism is an increased amount of black or nearly black pigmentation (as of skin, feathers, or hair) of an individual or kind of organism. ... Binomial name Gmelin, 1788 The Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is a tree squirrel that is native to the eastern to midwestern United States and the eastern provinces of Canada. ...

Congo Gorilla Forest
Congo Gorilla Forest

The Bronx Zoo is owned and operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society, formerly known as the New York Zoological Society. WCS operates four other parks in New York City: Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Wildlife Conservation Society, (WCS), endeavours to save wildlife and wild lands though careful use of science, conservation around the world, education and through a system of urban wildlife parks. ... The Central Park Zoo is located in Central Park in New York City and run by the Wildlife Conservation Society. ... The Queens Zoo is a 5 acre (20,000 m²) zoo located in New York City. ... The Prospect Park Zoo is a zoo located in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York. ... Entrance to the territory of the New York Aquarium from ocean. ...


Recent news

Bronx Zoo made the news recently when it agreed to enter a rare snow leopard cub, Leo -- found in northern Pakistan -- into its breeding program. The 13-month-old cub was found stuck in mud following a landslide in Naltar Valley which killed its mother. A Pakistani shepherd in the area found the cub with its female sibling, but the latter died a week later due to malnutrition. He then handed over the cub to Pakistani authorities who took care of him, but since there are no captive breeding programs or rehabilitation center for snow leopards in Pakistan, it was decided to hand over the cub to Bronx Zoo. The leopard will be returned to its place of birth following construction of a rehab facility in the Naltar Valley with US cooperation. [1] [2] [3] Binomial name Schreber, 1775 Range map Synonyms Uncia uncia The Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia[3] or Uncia uncia[1], sometimes known as the Ounce, is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of central and southern Asia. ... Naltar is a valley near Gilgit and Hunza in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. ...


In November, the Zoo opened up brand-new eco-friendly restrooms outside the Bronx River Gate. According to the Clivus Multrum company, which built the composting toilets chosen by the Zoo, these facilities will service 500,000 people and save 1,000,000 gallons of water a year. [4] [5] In March 2007, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Fordham University Graduate School of Education announced they will offer a joint program leading to a Master of Science degree in education and New York state initial teacher certification in adolescent science education (biology grades 7-12). The program will begin in 2008 and is the first of joint degree program of its kind. [6] Composting toilets use biological processes to deal with the disposal and processing of human excrement into organic compost material. ... The Wildlife Conservation Society, (WCS), endeavours to save wildlife and wild lands though careful use of science, conservation around the world, education and through a system of urban wildlife parks. ... Fordham University is a private, coeducational research university[2] in the United States, with three residential campuses located in and around New York City. ...


Gallery

Food and Beverage

  • Legendary Swurves are exclusively available for $8.00 and free refills are available with proof of purchase.
  • Cafes are located in various locations around the park, including Nathan's Hot Dogs and pizza.
  • Picnic tables.
Bronx Zoo Map

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References

  1. ^ a b http://bronxzoo.com/bz-about_the_zoo/bzhistory

See also

Wildlife Conservation International is a field division of the Wildlife Conservation Society. ... Cecil Rhodes: Cape-Cairo railway project. ... Ota Benga in 1904, showing his sharpened teeth. ...

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Bronx Zoo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (304 words)
The Bronx Zoo was one of the first zoos in North America to move animals from cages—often organized by families in Linnaean classification—to more naturalistic environments (e.g.
The zoo also boasts the Congo Gorilla Forest, which is the largest man-made rainforest in the world at 6.5 acres, and focuses on conservation; your entry fee goes right back out to help save the species within the exhibit.
The Bronx Zoo is owned and operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society, formerly known as the New York Zoological Society.
Bronx Zoo - definition of Bronx Zoo in Encyclopedia (193 words)
The Bronx Zoo is a world-famous zoo in the Bronx New York.
The Bronx Zoo was one of the first zoos to move animals from cages (often organized by Linnean classification) to more naturalistic environments (e.g.
The Bronx Zoo is owned and operated by the New York Zoological Society (now the Wildlife Conservation Society)
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