Arts & Entertainment

Must-See Arts & Culture: Winter 2014–2015

by staff, 11/18/2014

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  • Bronx Zoo
    Spanning 265 lush acres, the Bronx Zoo is the largest urban wildlife preserve in the United States, home to authentically re-created habitats that house more than 5,000 animals representing more than 600 species, including an ever-changing cast of newborns—earlier in 2014, for example, the zoo welcomed a Rothschild's giraffe calf and a couple of snow leopards. See zebras, giraffes and lions roam the African Plains; take a safari through the Congo Gorilla Forest; watch baboons play in Ethiopian highlands (official name: Baboon Reserve); and meet lemurs, crocodiles and cockroaches in the permanent Madagascar! exhibition—all before lunch. The zoo's Komodo dragons, introduced in May 2014, are also quite popular. Daily activities include sea lion and penguin feedings, and the Bug Carousel and the Children's Zoo are perfect for kids (the latter is undergoing renovations and will fully reopen in 2015, though the Children's Farm section, where kids can pet animals, has resumed operations). The Bronx Zoo is open seven days a week and offers pay-what-you-wish admission every Wednesday. For other wildlife experiences across the five boroughs, read our slideshow about NYC's zoos and aquariums.

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