WCS’s Zoos and Aquarium Change Hours of Operation for the Season
adventures continue as fall/winter hours go into effect
New York, N.Y.- Oct. 24, 2010 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s wildlife parks – Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and New York Aquarium – have announced that fall/winter hours will go into effect starting Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Each of the five WCS wildlife parks will now be open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily.
Although the days are shorter, there is still plenty to see at each park. The animals enjoy the brisk weather and the zoos in New York City are the perfect place to watch the foliage change color.
Each facility has a full line-up of activities and attractions to keep zoo- and aquarium-goers entertained this season:
WCS’s Bronx Zoo
The 265-acre Bronx Zoo is located in the heart of a hardwood forest providing fall zoo-goers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the fall foliage without ever leaving the city. Enjoy a stroll through the woods and visit with the Bronx Zoo’s six new tiger cubs at Tiger Mountain. On colder days, visitors can stop in JungleWorld, Madagascar!, or any one of the many indoor exhibits to warm up. As the holidays approach, a full line-up of Wild Winterland activities through December will be sure to get everyone in the spirit of the season.
WCS’s Central Park Zoo
Surrounded by fall foliage with the mid-town Manhattan skyline in the background, the Central Park Zoo is a beautiful place to take an autumn stroll. When the snow starts to fall, zoo-goers can see snow leopards and polar bears in their element, or escape the cold in the balmy Tropic Zone, home to the zoos newest residents – mountain coatimundi and mongoose. The Central Park Zoo is celebrating the holidays with “presents to the animals” and a winter themed celebration throughout the month of December.
WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo
The Prospect Park Zoo’s Discovery Trail takes visitors on a walk through red, yellow, and orange trees where they can see a kangaroo, North American river otters, and red pandas. Don’t miss the baby Hamadryas baboons, Jabari and Azizi, as they celebrate their first holiday season by unwrapping gifts at the annual “Presents to the Animals.”
WCS’s Queens Zoo
The Queens Zoo is completely outdoors and is the perfect place to watch the leaves turn gold and the snow dust the bare branches. The sprawling exhibits, home to animals such as bison, pronghorn, and mountain lions, provide a beautiful, scenic spot to watch the seasons change. Weekends in December the zoo holds its annual “Presents to the Animals” event. Visitors are invited to watch the zoo’s puma and bears tear into beautifully wrapped presents to find tasty holiday treats hidden inside.
WCS’s New York Aquarium
Visitors can escape the cold by heading inside the aquarium’s colorful Alien Stingers and Explore the Shore exhibits. Edith, the new California sea lion pup, will be enjoying the winter weather from the Sea Cliffs exhibit.
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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 toward 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.
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo
is open 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. Adult admission is $16, children (3-12 years old) $12, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $14. Parking is $13 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com
or call 718-367-1010.
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo
- Open every day of the year. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for children 3 to 12, and free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. Tickets are sold until one half-hour before closing. The zoo is located at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street. For further information, please call 212-439-6500 or visit www.centralparkzoo.com.
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo
– Open every day of the year. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and older, $3 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadow’s Corona Park in Queens. For further information, call 718-271-1500 or visit www.queenszoo.com
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo
– Open every day of the year. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and older, $3 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. For further information, call 718-399-7339 or visit www.prospectparkzoo.com
Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium
opens every day of the year at 10am, and closing times vary seasonally. Admission is $13.00 for adults, $9.00 for children ages 3-12 and $10.00 for senior citizens (65 and older); children under 3 years of age are admitted free. Fridays after 3pm, admission is by suggested donation. The Aquarium is located on Surf Avenue at West 8th Street in Coney Island. For directions, information on public events and programs, and other Aquarium information, call 718-265-FISH or visit our web site at www.nyaquarium.com. Now is the perfect time to visit and show support for the New York Aquarium, Brooklyn's most heavily attended attraction and a beloved part of the City of New York.
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