NYC Zoos & Aquariums
by nycgo.com staff, 05/21/2014 [Updated 05/06/2015]
Photo: Julienne Schaer
Staten Island Zoo
The Staten Island Zoo might not be the largest or most exotic zoo around (its nickname is the "biggest little zoo"), but it is highly educational and acclaimed for its Reptile Wing, or "Serpentarium," which houses an extensive collection of rattlesnakes. The zoo also cares for many warm-blooded creatures, with hundreds of species represented. It is also the home of Charles G. Hogg, aka Staten Island Chuck—New York City's now-retired and famously irascible groundhog-meteorologist, who used to predict the length of winter every February 2. Now Chuck's daughter, Charlotte Jr., does the honors.