Presents to the Animals Returns to WCS's Prospect Park Zoo

Watch baboons, mongoose, and other wildlife receive wrapped presents that hold their favorite treats

Every Saturday and Sunday in December at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Toy and food drive: Those who donate a new toy and/or ten food items will receive a ticket to the Bronx Zoo**

Brooklyn, N.Y. –December 2, 2011– The holidays are a favorite time of year for all New Yorkers – including the residents of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo who will be celebrating with bags and boxes filled with tasty treats.

Each Saturday and Sunday in December, at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., zoo-goers can watch as the Prospect Park Zoo’s Hamadryas baboons, Pallas's cats, red pandas, mongoose, and other animals receive their gifts.

Presents for the animals are a form of enrichment. Prospect Park Zoo provides this and other types of mental and physical stimulation to keep the animals’ minds and bodies healthy and active.

Presents for the animals, Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • December 3/4: red pandas and Geoffrey’s tamarins 
  • December 10/11: baboons and Pallas’s cats
  • December 17/18: golden lion tamarins and dwarf mongoose
  • December 24/25: meerkats and North American river otters

In the spirit of the holidays, the Prospect Park Zoo has teamed up with the Brooklyn Borough President’s office and City Harvest to collect toys and food for families in need.

Visitors can bring their new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to the zoo for distribution by the Borough President’s office and City Harvest.

In appreciation for their generosity, those that make a qualifying donation of a new, unwrapped toy and/or ten food items through Saturday, Dec. 31 will receive a ticket to the Bronx Zoo.**

For more information, please visit

** Disclaimer: One general admission ticket to the Bronx Zoo will be provided for a donation of one new, unwrapped toy OR for every 10 food items at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo or Queens Zoo. One general admission ticket to the New York Aquarium will be provided for a donation of one new, unwrapped toy OR for every 10 food items at the New York Aquarium. Limit of four tickets per family, valid 1/01/12–6/30/12. Food items must be canned, packaged and/ or nonperishable foods — perishable items are not permitted. All WCS decisions final. For details on donation food items go to <> . Promotion available from 11/19/11–12/31/11. May not be combined with any other offer.

Sophie Bass: 212-439-6527;
Max Pulsinelli: 718-220-5182;

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo, opens every day of the year at 10 a.m. with seasonal closing times. Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3-12 and $6 for senior citizens (65 and older); children under 3 years of age are admitted free. The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11225. For directions, information on public events and programs, and other Prospect Park Zoo information, call 718-399-7339 or visit our web site at

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

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