Video
Outside the Box

April 28, 2016

Celebrating 75 Years of the African Plains.

The Bronx Zoo's African Plains exhibit opened on May 1, 1941. The first Sunday following the opening, 85,000 people turned out to see it—at the time, the largest single-day attendance since the Bronx Zoo's opening in 1899.

As WCS's Madeleine Thompson writes on our archives blog, New York Zoological Society President Fairfield Osborn described it at the time as "a new vista to the wonders of Nature."

Some CBS journalists got the closest view of that nature, as you can see in this footage.

We need your help

Your tax-deductible gift supports cutting-edge exhibits, first-class animal care, and in-depth research to help threatened wildlife survive and thrive.

World Elephant Day

This World Elephant Day, help protect elephants from poachers and we’ll send you a special thank-you gift.