Conservation Member Tours

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New guided tours of the Bronx Zoo for Conservation Supporter, Fellow, Partner, and Patron Members!

Explore the zoo with our knowledgeable docents, the Friends of the Zoo. Each of their tours lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Groups may bring an extra child without charge as long as prior arrangements are made. If you make arrangements to bring an additional child, please bring your Conservation Tour email confirmation letter with you to the park on the day of the tour to confirm admission of the extra child. If you do not bring the confirmation email, you may be asked to pay an admission fee for your guest.

If you are not currently a Conservation-level Member and you are interested in taking a tour, you can join or renew your Membership now, at any Conservation level. Your upgraded benefits will start right away. You'll have a full 12 months, plus the remaining time on your existing Membership, to enjoy your new Conservation-level benefits.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Membership Office at (718) 741-1825 and leave a message.

2016 Schedule

Date of Tour Time Tour Meeting Place Registration Deadline
Sun., Apr. 24 10:30 AM Flamingos to Penguins
Aquatic Bird House
Mon., Apr. 11
Sat., May 7 10:30 AM Congo Gorilla Forest
Congo Gorilla Forest
Mon., Apr 25
Sun., May 15 10:30 AM A Tale of Two Big Cats
Tiger Mountain Mon., May 2
Sat., Jun. 11 10:30 AM Around the World in Forty Minutes
Baboon Reserve
Mon., May 30
Sun., Jun. 26 10:30 AM Dragons and Giant Tortoises
Zoo Center
Mon., Jun. 13
Sat., Jul. 9 10:30 AM Flamingos to Penguins
Aquatic Bird House
Mon., Jun. 27
Sun., Jul. 24 10:30 AM Land of the Lions
Somba Village
Mon., Jul. 11
Sat., Aug. 6 10:30 AM A Tale of Two Big Cats
Tiger Mountain
Mon., Jul. 25
Sun., Aug. 21 10:30 AM Around the World in Forty Minutes
Baboon Reserve
Mon., Aug. 8
Sat., Aug. 27 10:30 AM Dragons and Giant Tortoises
Zoo Center
Mon., Aug. 15
Sun., Sep. 11 10:30 AM Congo Gorilla Forest
Congo Gorilla Forest
Mon., Aug. 29
Sat., Sep. 24 10:30 AM Land of the Lions Somba Village Mon., Sep. 12
Sun., Oct. 2 10:30 AM A Tale of Two Big Cats
Tiger Mountain
Mon., Sep. 19
Sat., Oct. 22 10:30 AM Around the World in Forty Minutes
Baboon Reserve
Mon., Oct. 10

Tours Descriptions

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Secrets of Congo Gorilla Forest

Nearly 400 African forest creatures, representing 55 wildlife species, make their home in our 6.5-acre Congo Gorilla Forest. Let New York City fade away as you stroll beneath the thick canopy of leaves, through sprays of mist, past sunny meadows and thickets of bamboo, and through giant fallen trees.

Along the trail, you'll encounter our two troops of western lowland gorillas. You can get up close to rambunctious youngsters, their watchful mothers, and the hulking male leaders known as "silverbacks." Hopefully, we'll also get a look at the two newest additions to the troop – a pair of adorable gorilla youngsters born at the zoo in 2014.

Other creatures living in this lush, green forest include black and white colobus monkeys, mandrills, DeBrazza's monkeys, and shy okapis. A busy family of Wolf's guenons, red river hogs, and many more amazing animals also await your visit.

Meeting Place: Entrance of Congo Gorilla Forest

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Land of the Lions: Life on the African Plains

Join us on a safari as we explore the complex relationships among the animals of the African Plains. It's as close to the Serengeti as you can get in the Bronx! Trek past lions, gazelles, giraffes, wild dogs, and zebras on the African savanna. This tour focuses on the relationship between predators and the animals on which they prey by exploring the physical adaptations that make predators such stealthy hunters. We'll also look at the defenses used by prey animals to avoid being caught!

Then head up to the Ethiopian highlands—the Zoo's stunning slice of the "African Alps." This exhibit ranks among the largest primate exhibits in the U.S. On its grassy slopes, gelada baboons graze and romp alongside Nubian ibexes, rock hyraxes, and African waterfowl.

Meeting Place: Somba Village.

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Dragons and Giant Tortoises

This tour of beautiful Astor Court begins with a visit to Zoo Center, where we'll explore two of the Bronx Zoo's newest exhibits and meet giant Aldabra tortoises and magnificent Komodo dragons, and where we'll also take a look at the remarkable resident pair of white rhinos. Next stop: Madagascar! in the renovated and gorgeously-preserved former Lion House. It's the only place in the Bronx to encounter leaping lemurs, cave-dwelling crocodiles, hissing cockroaches, and other animals native only to the incredible island of Madagascar. We'll conclude by barking hello to the ever-popular California sea lions.

Meeting Place: Rhino Garden (outside Zoo Center)

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A Tale of Two Big Cats

Lovers of fantastic felines won't want to miss a tour focused on two of the Bronx Zoo's majestic big cat species: tigers and snow leopards. The tour includes a stop at Tiger Mountain where we'll learn all about our Amur tigers, as well as Himalayan Highlands, home to the endangered snow leopards. We'll also visit animals who are native to the same regions these cats call home, including Pere David's deer, red pandas, and white-naped cranes. Our knowledgeable guides will share insights into caring for these animals at the zoo as well as WCS's efforts to protect them in the wild.

Meeting Place: Tiger Mountain.

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Around the World in Forty Minutes

Only at the Bronx Zoo can you experience the amazing wildlife of three continents during a short walk in the park. Our journey begins in Africa with the towering giraffes and regal lions of the Africa Plains, and the fascinating geladas, Nubian ibexes, and hyraxes that share the Baboon Reserve. Our next stop is North America, where we'll encounter brown bears and a polar bear. Finally, in Himalayan Highlands, we'll meet snow leopards, red pandas, and answer the age-old question: how do white-naped cranes find meals in the mud? Explore the biology, social structure, diets, behaviors, and life cycles of amazing animals on three different continents, and learn why each is best suited to a particular environment. Tours stop at African Plains, Himalayan Highlands, Baboon Reserve, and Big Bears.

Meeting Place: Baboon Reserve.

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From Flamingos to Penguins: The Wonderful Waterbirds

Penguins are among the most charming Bronx Zoo residents, and they're the stars of a tour that's strictly for the birds – the water birds, that is. We'll observe and learn about a wide variety of birds that thrive in and around the water. Our tour begins outside the Aquatic Bird House with a visit to the Bronx Zoo's gorgeous Caribbean flamingo colony. Then we'll head inside for a look at storm storks, puffins, pied avocets, Peruvian pelicans, roseate spoonbills, and a wide variety of other birds from the boisterous laughing kookaburra to the shy New Zealand kiwi. Finally, we'll explore the Russell B. Aitken Sea Bird Colony, a huge walk-through aviary where we'll encounter Magellanic penguins, Arctic terns, and other amazing seabirds.

Meeting Place: Aquatic Bird House.

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