Arts & Entertainment
Must-See Arts & Culture
by Christina Parrella and Jeremy Lehrer, 03/04/2014
MJ the baby tamandua at the Staten Island Zoo. Photo: Steve Yensel
New York City Zoos
In the spring, zoos in the five boroughs are a natural choice for an entertaining day out. Home to some of the world's cutest creatures, the Staten Island Zoo recently welcomed a baby tamandua (or anteater) to its collection, making it home to what's believed to be the first anteater birth in NYC. The zoo also houses an extensive variety of reptiles, as well as baby foxes and a brotherly pair of rare Amur leopards. Cross the bridge into Brooklyn to see kangaroos and sea lions at the Prospect Park Zoo or head to the Central Park Zoo, home to a number of natural habitats, including Arctic and rainforest environments, and the Tisch Children's Zoo, where kids can feed and pet friendly live animals. At the Queens Zoo, visitors can greet animals such as alligators, bald eagles, small deer and bunnies. The beautiful Bronx Zoo is not only the premier zoo in the City but also the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, spanning 265 acres. Some of the zoo's most famous residents—it holds more than 6,000 animals all told—include lemurs, panda cubs and a 13-foot-long crocodile. This year, proceeds from the zoo's annual Run for the Wild go toward saving elephants in Africa.