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Bestselling Learn Guitar on Android! Mahalo travel expert Asha K. tells you all you need to know about the Central Park Zoo - a must-see for any New York City vacation. Overview --------------------------------------------------------------------- Located at Fifth Avenue and E 64th Street, the Central Park Zoo comprises five acres of exotic animal life, divided among three main habitats: polar circle, tropic zone and temperate territory. There is also the Tisch Children's Zoo that is a big hit with the little ones. Don't forget your camera! The Central Park Zoo is open 365 days a year,? from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between April 2 and November 6, and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between November 7 and April 1.?Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children 3-12 and $9 for seniors 65 and older. For a total experience ticket for the park and the 4-D theatre, it is $18 for adults, $13 for children and $15 for seniors. Check out the website to see what is playing at the theatre the day you are going to visit. Central Garden & Sea Lion Pool --------------------------------------------------------------------- Come see the sea lions get fed during their daily feedings at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. You can watch the sea lions swim underwater through the pool's glass walls. Zookeepers will demonstrate how they care for all of the needs of these mammals. Polar Circle --------------------------------------------------------------------- Watch the gentoo, chinstrap and king penguins get fed at 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., or come see the graphics and videos of this enhanced exhibit. The polar bears are sure to entertain with their giant balls and tubes, and you can watch them underwater, at rock-level or from above. The harbor seals live here as well and you can see them being fed and trained at 11:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. Snow Leopard Exhibit --------------------------------------------------------------------- The zoo's newest exhibit, check out the snow leopards in their evergreen habitat and rocky waterfall environment. You can view these big cats through glass and a mesh panel. Along with the Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo houses the most important collection of snow leopards in all of North America. Temperate Territory --------------------------------------------------------------------- Don't miss the red pandas and baboons of the temperate region. Watch a troop of snow monkeys roam their rocky island and bathe in the hot springs of their habitat. See the red pandas hanging from the trees. This area of the zoo is also home to red-bellied turtles, migratory birds and marsh life. Tisch Children's Zoo --------------------------------------------------------------------- Kids enjoy playing in giant bird effuse, spiderwebs and turtleshells in this hands-on section of the zoo. Bird watch and identify water birds by the duck pond, hop across lily pads like a frog or try your hand at feedings barnyard animals like goats, sheep and potbellied pigs. Tropic Zone: The Rainforest --------------------------------------------------------------------- View the rainforest on platforms on all levels of this rich habitat. This is where you will find lemurs from Madagascar, poison dart frogs with toxic skin and the tamandua, or Brazilian anteater. A variety of birds like the golden weaver and the Victoria crown pigeon can be seen building nests and warbling songs. There are many creatures to spy on in this area of the zoo. Brief History --------------------------------------------------------------------- The first official zoo in New York and the second publicly owned in the nation, the Central Park Zoo opened in the 1860s as a menagerie with a bear and some swans. It was reconstructed in 1934, adding new buildings around the sea lion pool. Closed and renovated again in 1983, it reopened on August 8, 1988 with natural environments for its animals instead of the old-fashioned cages it had used before. Read more by visiting our page at:
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