Membership FAQs

Members of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are entitled to free admission to our five wildlife parks for one year.

All WCS parks open at 10 a.m. Closing times vary by park and season – please check each park's website for current information. The New York Aquarium, Central Park, Prospect Park, and Queens Zoos are open 365 days a year. The Bronx Zoo is closed on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Please note: General admission is free all day on Wednesday at the Bronx Zoo, and it is often very crowded. For your enjoyment, you may wish to plan your visit for another day.

How can I become a Member of the Wildlife Conservation Society?

Join online. Join online at any Membership level and immediately print out a temporary Membership card to gain admission to all five wildlife parks, and start enjoying all the benefits included with your Membership. Simply bring your temporary Membership card or email confirmation (printed, or easily displayed on a smartphone) and a valid photo ID to the admission window. We will look up your Membership record and issue a day pass for all applicable benefits. You must present proof of Membership at the parking gate or you will be charged the parking fee, even if it's included in your Membership. We're sorry, but we cannot make exceptions. If you wish to become an IDNYC Member, click here for more information.

Join by phone. Call our Membership Office at (718) 220-5112 from Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. You will receive an email confirmation of your Membership order within 24 hours. If you wish to visit one of our parks BEFORE your Membership card arrives, bring your email confirmation (printed, or easily displayed on a smartphone) and a valid photo ID.

Join on-site today. Join at the admissions booth at the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, or Central Park Zoo. Cash and major credit cards are accepted. Please note that the parking fee for your initial visit is not refundable – to save time and avoid the parking fee on your first visit (if you join at the Dual Premium, Family Premium, or Conservation levels), join online today.

What benefits are included with my WCS Membership?

All Memberships include the following Member benefits:

  • Free unlimited admission to all five WCS wildlife parks
  • Special Members-only ticket price on these attractions: Central Park Zoo's 4-D Theater ($4 Member/$7 non-Member), and the New York Aquarium's 4-D Theater ($3 Member/$6 non-Member) Note: Conservation Members have free access to these attractions
  • 10% restaurant discount at all WCS restaurants
  • 10% discount at select retail shops at all 5 WCS parks
  • Discounts on most Educational programs and courses
  • Invitations to Members' Evenings at the Bronx Zoo
  • Free updates on zoo activities and events in Members' News and Members' E-news
  • Faster park entry! No waiting on line to buy tickets at the entrance gate

Benefits by Member level:

Individual Membership includes

  • Free unlimited admission to all five WCS wildlife parks for one adult

Family Membership includes

  • Free unlimited admission to all five WCS wildlife parks for two adults and the children in your household up to age 18

Dual Premium Membership includes

  • Free unlimited admission to all five WCS wildlife parks for two people (your child may be the second person)
  • Free unlimited access to 8 Bronx Zoo attractions, including Congo Gorilla Forest, Wild Asia Monorail, Children's Zoo, Butterfly Garden, JungleWorld, 4-D Theater, Zoo Shuttle, and Bug Carousel; plus a discount on tickets to Central Park Zoo and the New York Aquarium 4-D Theaters. Note: Access to Bronx Zoo Camel Ride is not included with Membership
  • Parking is subject to availability and limited to one car per Membership per day. Parking at the Bronx Zoo is free all day; parking at the New York Aquarium is free for the-first 2 hours, then discounted duration-based parking fees apply. Excludes Preferred Parking at the Bronx Zoo's Fountain Circle.

Family Premium Membership includes

  • Free unlimited admission to all five WCS wildlife parks for two adults, the children in your household up to age 18, and one guest or child caregiver
  • Free unlimited access to 8 Bronx Zoo attractions, including Congo Gorilla Forest, Wild Asia Monorail, Children's Zoo, Butterfly Garden, JungleWorld, 4-D Theater, Zoo Shuttle and Bug Carousel; plus a discount on tickets to Central Park Zoo and the New York Aquarium 4-D Theaters. Note: Access to Bronx Zoo Camel Ride is not included with Membership
  • Parking is subject to availability and limited to one car per Membership per day. Parking at the Bronx Zoo is free all day; parking at the NY Aquarium is free for the-first 2 hours, then discounted duration-based parking fees apply. Excludes Preferred Parking at the Bronx Zoo's Fountain Circle

Conservation Supporter Membership includes

All the benefits of Family Premium Membership plus

  • Free parking at the Bronx Zoo; free parking at the New York Aquarium during regular park hours. Excludes Preferred Parking at the Bronx Zoo's Fountain Circle
  • Free monthly guided Bronx Zoo tours (April through September)
  • Exclusive early morning events and animal experiences throughout the summer for the whole family
  • Free admission to the Central Park Zoo, and NY Aquarium 4D-Theaters

Conservation Fellow and Partner Membership includes

All the benefits of Conservation Supporter Membership plus

  • Free admission for two additional adults (for a total of five adults)
  • Free Preferred Parking in the Bronx Zoo's Fountain Circle on weekends

PLEASE NOTE: Discounts and benefits are subject to change.

If I purchase a Membership that includes more than one adult, do I have to name the other adult(s)?

You may choose to name the other adult(s) on your Membership, or you may choose to list a second adult as "guest" so you may bring a different person with you on each visit. A guest must always be accompanied by a named adult on the card.

Can Memberships be shared?

Memberships may not be shared by more than one household. All adults named on the card and their children up to age 18 must reside in the same household. Memberships are not transferable and are only valid for the individuals named on the card. Any additional visitor not covered by your Membership will be charged the current admission fee.

Does WCS give senior discounts?

Senior Memberships (65+) are available for Dual Premium, Family, and Family Premium levels at a 20% discount. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts. All named Members on a senior Membership must be 65 or older. Photo ID required upon entrance.

What are the rules for visiting a WCS Wildlife Park?

Park entry is on a first-come, first-served basis for Members and all park guests. Please keep your group together when presenting your Membership card to admissions staff. Your children and/or guest(s) covered by your Membership will not be admitted unless they are accompanied by an adult named on the card. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Additional guests will be charged the current admission fee.

I forgot to bring my Membership card; can I still visit the zoo for free?

Yes! If you forget your Membership card, you may visit a Membership booth or admissions booth at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, or New York Aquarium entrance gate, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Please present a photo ID and ask the staff to look up your Membership. He/she will verify your Membership and issue a day pass for the in-park benefits associated with your Membership level. The parking fee is not refundable.

Can my children use my Membership card without me?

No. Your children and guests must be accompanied by an adult named on your Membership card. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Can my child caregiver bring my children to the parks?

Yes. For easiest admission, your child caregiver should be named on the Membership card and must present the card and a photo ID in order to use the Membership in your absence. If your child caregiver is not named on the Membership card, he/she will need to present your valid Membership card with "Child Caregiver" printed on the card, AND a photo ID, AND a letter from you verifying employment. A caregiver must be accompanied by the Member's children and may NOT bring additional guests. "Child Caregiver" may not be substituted for another guest. We are unable to make changes to Membership cards at our on-site locations. "Child Caregiver" can only be included on Membership cards at the Family Premium level and higher.

What are the rules for parking at the Bronx Zoo and NY Aquarium?

A valid Dual Premium, Family Premium, or Conservation Supporter/Fellow/Partner Membership card must be presented on arrival for free onsite parking. If you forget your Membership card, or present an expired card, you will be charged for parking. Parking fees cannot be refunded or applied to a Membership purchase.

Dual Premium and Family Premium Members parking benefits: Bronx Zoo - free all day; New York Aquarium - free for the first two hours of your visit, then discounted duration-based fees apply. Does not include Preferred Parking at the Bronx Zoo's Fountain Circle

Conservation Supporter parking benefits: Bronx Zoo – free all day parking at the New York Aquarium – free during regular park hours. Does not include Preferred Parking at the Bronx Zoo's Fountain Circle

Conservation Fellow and Conservation Partner Members: Bronx Zoo – free all day; New York Aquarium – free during regular park hours. Free Preferred Parking on weekends in the Bronx Zoo's Fountain Circle. Reservations are not accepted.

Note: If you recently purchased your Membership online or by phone, you must provide proof of Membership at the parking gate. Present your temporary Membership card or email confirmation (printed, or easily displayed on a smartphone) and a valid photo ID at the parking gate.

Parking is subject to availability, and limited to one car per Membership per day. Members are not guaranteed parking. Parking on WCS premises is done at your own risk. WCS is not responsible for stolen or damaged property.

Can I get a refund for parking?

The parking fee cannot be refunded or applied to the purchase of a Membership.

What is "Preferred Parking" and do Members park there for free?

Preferred Parking in Fountain Circle offers Bronx Zoo guests the closest parking location to zoo exhibits. With these premier spots, guests can enjoy the utmost convenience and have easy access to their cars throughout the day. Preferred Parking is available to visitors on weekends only, for a $23 fee. FREE parking at this exclusive location is a new benefit for Conservation Fellows and Partners. Members at the Dual Premium, Family Premium, and Conservation Supporter levels do not receive free parking in Fountain Circle, but may pay the parking fee of $23 for this lot OR park for free in one of the zoo's other parking lots. Parking is subject to availability; a limited number of Preferred Parking spots will be saved for Conservation Fellows and Partners, but reservations are not accepted. The lot will close when capacity is reached.

What are the rides & attractions at the parks?

Bronx Zoo: Congo Gorilla Forest, Wild Asia Monorail, Children's Zoo, Butterfly Garden, JungleWorld, 4-D Theater, Zoo Shuttle, and Bug Carousel, all free to Members at the Premium and Conservation levels. Admission to Camel Ride is not included with Membership and must be purchased separately.

Conservation Supporter/Fellow/Partner Members have free access to the Central Park Zoo and New York Aquarium 4-D Theaters.

All other Membership levels receive a discount on tickets to the following special attractions:

Central Park Zoo: 4-D Theater ($4 Members/$7 non-Members).

New York Aquarium: 4-D Theater ($3 Members/$6 non-Members).

Attraction entry is on a first-come, first-served basis for Members and all park guests. Please keep your group together when presenting your Membership card to the admissions staff.

** Some rides and attractions are seasonal and open weather-permitting. Availability is also subject to capacity, mechanical, and/or animal-related issues. Please check signs at park entry for daily listing of available activities, as all schedules are subject to change. Access to rides and exhibits is subject to change without notice.

When will I receive my Membership card?

If you've joined or renewed by phone, mail, or the internet you will receive your permanent Membership materials in two to three weeks. You will also receive an order confirmation via email within 24 hours of our receipt of your order.

If you wish to visit one of our parks BEFORE your Membership card arrives, PLEASE BRING YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL AND A VALID PHOTO ID WITH YOU TO THE PARK.

If you purchased your Membership at one of our parks, you may have received a temporary Membership card which you should continue to use until your permanent card arrives.

FOR PARKING BENEFITS: Please present the temporary Membership card or confirmation email (printed, or easily displayed on a smartphone) and your photo ID at the parking booth. Without this proof of Membership you will be required to pay for parking at the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium. Parking fees are non-refundable.

FOR ENTRY AND ATTRACTION BENEFITS: Please present your temporary Membership card or confirmation email (printed, or easily displayed on a smartphone) and your photo ID at the Admissions booth where we will look up your Membership and issue a day pass for all the benefits included with your Membership.

If you haven't received your Membership package within four weeks of joining, please call (718) 220-5112 from Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or e-mail us at membership@wcs.org.

How can I replace a lost/stolen Membership card?

There is a $5.00 fee to replace lost, stolen, or damaged Membership cards. To order your replacement cards, please call (718) 220-5112 from Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email us at membership@wcs.org.

If I decide to join during my visit can I apply the cost of my general admission tickets towards a Membership?

Yes, but you MUST purchase your Membership on the same day that you purchased your tickets. There are no exceptions. Please bring your ticket receipts to a Membership booth or admission booth before 4 p.m. and we'll be happy to credit the price of admission tickets applicable to the Membership level you choose. Parking fees are not refundable and cannot be applied to the purchase of a Membership.

Why must I show an ID at the gate?

As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on Membership dues and attendance fees for support. To prevent the misuse of your Membership card, we ask that you show a photo ID. We appreciate your understanding.

How can I learn about WCS events and news?

News about WCS programs and activities, as well as information about Members-only events, is provided in Members' News, mailed to all Members bi-monthly, and in Members' E-news, sent monthly via e-mail.

I've already renewed my WCS Membership, but I continue to receive renewal notices. Should I be concerned?

If you have recently renewed your WCS Membership, please disregard any further renewal notices. Although we work to process renewals as quickly as possible, it is possible that your payment and our notice crossed in the mail.

How can I redeem a Member T-shirt coupon?

Member T-shirt coupons are redeemable at the Membership booth or admission booth at the Southern Boulevard and Bronx River entrances to the Bronx Zoo, and the admission booth at the New York Aquarium and Central Park Zoo. You may also mail the coupon to the Membership Office.

Can Members purchase additional Member wildlife T-shirts?

Yes. Members can purchase extra T-shirts at a Membership booth or an admission booth at the Bronx Zoo, or at the admission booths at the New York Aquarium and Central Park Zoo. Additional T-shirts cost $10 and are only sold to current Members. Available sizes are Adult XL, Adult M, and Youth M.

How do I change my address?

If you have changed your address or do not wish to be on our mailing list, please e-mail us at membership@wcs.org or call Membership Services at (718) 220-5112 from Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What is the return check policy?

A charge of $25 will apply to any check that is returned by the bank or depository institution on which the check is drawn.

Does WCS exchange mailing lists with other organizations?

WCS makes our mailing list available to organizations we believe might be of interest to our Members. If you do not wish your name to be shared with other mailers, please e-mail your request to membership@wcs.org or call Membership Services at (718) 220-5112 from Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we will remove your name and address.

Does WCS have a reciprocal Membership agreement with any other zoos or aquariums?

WCS does not have reciprocal agreements with other zoos or aquariums.

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