Zoo Sunday

Spring goes fast in New York, so I try to make the most of those 60- and 70-degree days while they’re here. Before you know it, it’s 85 and humid and walking outside becomes much more complicated. I spent sunny Sunday at the Bronx Zoo with C, and the weather was gorgeous for visiting some curious and playful animals.

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The zoo seemed mammoth to me as a child, but as an adult, you can easily see the whole place in three hours. The tram that takes you to elephants wasn’t yet open for the season, so we started with the children’s zoo where I got to visit and feed my favorite animals.

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There are peacocks all over the property, and we saw a few fan out their feathers in a gorgeous display. We visited the jungle gymnast gibbons, saw brown bears splashing in their pool, tigers pacing, antelope wandering the field, and giant millipedes slithering across branches.

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If you go…

  • Have a beer at Somba Village (you can take it to go!)
  • If you need a break, there are benches in Jungle World where you can watch giant fish and turtles swim, which is surprisingly hypnotic.
  • Go on the later side. Try arriving at 2:00 or 3:00 to avoid large crowds of families, and you’ll still get a few hours before the zoo closes at 5:30.
  • Bring your reusable water bottle; there are plenty of fountains.
  • If you drive, park at the Bronx River entrance. Plenty of parking, an eco bathroom at the entrance, and reliably shorter lines.
  • It’s best in spring and fall. The summer heat and humidity makes for some exotic smells (and I don’t just mean the animals).

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Photo by Wally Gobetz

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