Wildlife Conservation Center [Zoo]: E64
(April 5 - October 26):
Adults $6.00, Seniors $1.25,
Children 3-12 $1.00
Children under 3 years are free.
(Same ticket allows for admittance to the
Tisch Children's Zoo)
(212) 861-6030 or (212) 439-6500
The first Central Park zoo opened its doors in 1864 giving it the distinction of being the oldest city zoo in the country. The Arsenal
, now a learning center, housed many animals in outdoor pens and in the basement. All in all by 1873 there were a recorded 571 animals collected by the Park from private donations.
Once a place of containment for helpless animals where they languished in small cages with concrete floors in the squalor of their own urine and feces, the Zoo has been transformed into a modern habitat.
Renamed The Wildlife Center, the Zoo is more a refuge for animals than a prison. Here under the watchful gaze of trained keepers and naturalists the animals flourish in habitats designed to create a home for them away from their natural place of origin.
The Tropic Zone
, the Temperate Territory
and the Polar Circle
are the three distinct regions of the Wildlife Center featuring animals from various parts of the world.