WCS “IDNYC Membership” FAQs

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is pleased to join 32 other NYC Cultural Institutions in supporting New York City's new municipal ID card (IDNYC). Once you have received your IDNYC card, you may apply for a WCS IDNYC Membership by visiting the Bronx Zoo.


What is a New York City municipal ID card (IDNYC)?

IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents.

How can I obtain an IDNYC card or learn more about this program?

Visit nyc.gov/idnyc or call 311 for information about applying for IDNYC. To learn more about other IDNYC cultural partners, visit its benefits page.

Does IDNYC entitle me to a WCS Membership?

Yes—if you are eligible, you are welcome to apply for a free, one-year WCS "IDNYC Membership". You must have the IDNYC card in order to apply for this WCS membership at WCS.

How will I know if I am eligible for free membership at WCS?

If you have never been a member of WCS, you are eligible. If you were a WCS Member before January 1, 2012, you are eligible. If you are currently a WCS Member, or have been a Member at any time between January 1, 2012 and the present, you are NOT eligible.

This offer is intended to give IDNYC cardholders an introduction to NYC's wealth of cultural assets; therefore, if you are a current WCS Member or have been one in the past three years, you are not eligible for this benefit at the WCS parks. However, current or recently lapsed WCS Members may apply for free membership at any or all of the other 32 participating museums, botanic gardens, and performing arts centers.

How long is the offer available?

You can apply anytime during the first year of the IDNYC program for a membership that lasts a full year from sign-up date. The issue date on your IDNYC card must be on or before 12/31/15.

What are the benefits of an IDNYC complimentary membership at WCS?

As a WCS "IDNYC Member", you can enjoy*:

  • Free unlimited admission for the card holder to all five WCS wildlife parks
  • Members-only ticket discount for the card holder at Central Park Zoo and New York Aquarium 4-D Theaters
  • 10% restaurant discount at the Bronx Zoo's Dancing Crane Café and Terrace Café, and Central Park Zoo's Dancing Crane Café
  • 10% discount at select Bronx Zoo retail shops, the New York Aquarium's Oceanic Shop, and at Central Park Zoo's Zootique
  • Discounts on most Educational programs and courses
  • Invitation to Members' Evenings at the Bronx Zoo
  • Free updates on zoo activities and events in Members' E-News (must provide email address)

(*PLEASE NOTE: WCS Member t-shirt not included. Discounts and benefits are subject to change. All other standard WCS Membership restrictions and policies apply.)

Can the membership be shared?

No. WCS Memberships are non-transferable and only valid for the individual named on the card. We ask that all WCS Members present their membership card AND a second form of ID when entering one of our parks.

Can I sign up at one of the other WCS parks?

No. WCS "IDNYC Membership" is ONLY issued at the Bronx Zoo.

I just renewed my WCS Membership. Can I cancel my Membership so I can take advantage of this offer?

No. Your WCS Membership must have been inactive prior to January 1, 2012, for you to be eligible. But we encourage you to become a member at any one of the New York City's other 32 participating cultural institutions.

Can I just show my Municipal ID at the front gate to gain admission?

No. You must use your IDNYC Municipal ID card to register for a WCS IDNYC Membership. Only the WCS Membership card will be accepted for entry.

Are only adults able to get a WCS "IDNYC Membership"?

While standard WCS Memberships are only issued to adults (age 18 and up), we will be accommodating under-age IDNYC card holders for this special offer. A specific Under18 IDNYC Membership card will be available for those children (age 14-17) who have an IDNYC card. Any child using an "Under 18 IDNYC Membership" must be accompanied by an adult in order to visit any of our parks.

Can I replace a lost/stolen WCS IDNYC Membership card?

There is a $5.00 fee to replace any lost, stolen, or damaged WCS Membership card. IDNYC Membership cards can only be obtained on-site at the Bronx Zoo.

If I forget to bring my WCS IDNYC Membership card, can I still visit the park for free?

If you forgot your Membership card, you may visit a Membership booth/window at the Bronx Zoo, NY Aquarium or Central Park Zoo entrances between 10 and 4 daily. You must have your IDNYC card in order for staff to look up your WCS IDNYC Membership. Once we verify your Membership, we can issue a Day Pass for park admission. Please understand that our Membership locations can be very busy, and Members asking for a look-up may need to wait on line. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. (Member look-ups cannot be done at Prospect Park Zoo or Queens Zoo)

What are the rules for Members visiting a WCS park?

Park entry is on a first come, first served basis for Members and all park guests. For the protection of all WCS Members, all individuals named on the Membership card must show a photo ID upon entry. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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