Mornings at the Zoo 2016

Monthly Events for Conservation-Level Members

WCS is proud to announce the return of Mornings at the Zoo, a series of special events for WCS Members at the Conservation Supporter level and above. Join us before the zoo opens for a look at some spectacular animals and exhibits, and the opportunity to gain an insider's understanding of wildlife conservation and animal care.

Due to the popularity of this series, we wanted to announce the dates of the events as early as possible so that Members at the Conservation Supporter level and above can mark their calendars. Check this page for event updates, and look for your Mornings at the Zoo e-mail reminders a couple of weeks before each event. We look forward to seeing you at Mornings at the Zoo.

Upcoming Mornings at the Zoo Events:

Central Park Zoo Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, April 17th at 9am at the Central Park Zoo

Embark on an educational and fun-filled Central Park Zoo scavenger hunt where you'll come face-to-face with animal favorites, learn some wildlife secrets, and win great prizes! We'll encounter sea lions, snow leopards, penguins, red pandas, and much more; our quest will take us throughout the zoo and teach us about many of your favorite animals. Meet in front of the snow monkey exhibit. Light refreshments served. Smart phone or digital camera required.

Meet the Aquatic Birds

Saturday, May 21st at 9am at the Bronx Zoo

Join us at the Aquatic Bird House where we'll chat with Bronx Zoo Ornithology Department staff about caring for penguins, flamingoes, and other amazing species. We'll observe a penguin feeding in the Sea Bird Aviary, handle educational bird artifacts, and craft enrichment items for our avian residents. A great event for bird lovers of all ages. Meet at the Aquatic Bird House. Please note that Southern Boulevard Parking Lot (Lot C) and Asia Pedestrian Gate ONLY will be open at 8:30am for this event; Bronx River Parking Lot will NOT be open. Light refreshments served.

Breakfast at the Children’s Zoo

Saturday, June 18th at 9am at the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo's Children's Zoo is back and better than ever! Join us for a special morning in the Children's Zoo, where we'll chat with animal keepers about caring for new residents such as the anteater and sloth, and old favorites including the prairie dogs and porcupines. Attendees will receive complimentary feed for the gentle animals in the farm area. Meet at Children's Zoo Please note that Southern Boulevard Parking Lot (Lot C) and Asia Pedestrian Gate ONLY will be open at 8:30am for this event; Bronx River Parking Lot will NOT be open. Light refreshments served.

Meet the Butterflies

Sunday, August 14th at 9am at the Bronx Zoo

Encounter over a dozen species of butterflies fluttering through the Bronx Zoo Butterfly Garden's greenhouse and meadow. Chat with staff about the fascinating life-cycle of these brilliantly colored insects, and learn about the birds and fish that share their exhibit. To complete this insect-centric morning, enjoy a ride on the Bug Carousel! Please note that Southern Boulevard Parking Lot (Lot C) and Asia Pedestrian Gate ONLY will be open at 8:30am for this event; Bronx River Parking Lot will NOT be open. Light refreshments served.

Prospect Park Zoo Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, September 18th at 9am at the Prospect Park Zoo

Explore WCS's gem of a wildlife park in Brooklyn! A scavenger hunt will help you explore 12 acres of animal adventure, where you'll encounter sea lions, dingoes, Pallas' cats, baboons, red pandas, and much more. Zoo keepers and education staff will be on-hand to chat with you about the animals as you visit them in their exhibits. Park opens at 8:30am for Conservation-level Members only; scavenger hunt begins at 9am. Light refreshments served.

Meet the Reptiles

Saturday, October 15th at 9am at the Bronx Zoo

Conservation Members come face-to-scaly-faces with some of our most remarkable reptile residents. Join the Bronx Zoo's Herpetology staff in the World of Reptiles and learn firsthand about caring for crocodiles, endangered turtles, snakes, lizards and more. Learn about our herp nursery and the baby animals that will soon hatch there. Meet at World of Reptiles. Please note that Southern Boulevard Parking Lot (Lot C) and Asia Pedestrian Gate ONLY will be open at 8:30am for this event; Bronx River Parking Lot will NOT be open. Light refreshments served.

Please check back on this page prior to events for the latest information.

Questions? Please call the Membership Department at (718)-741-8216, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

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