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Postcard from the Bronx Zoo

Postcard from the Bronx Zoo

This weekend, my boyfriend and I went on a day date to the Bronx Zoo! I’m kind of weird about things like zoos, aquariums and circuses: there’s no doubt that I love being able to see such a wide variety of animals up close and personal, but I also believe strongly that wildlife should live in the wild, not in captivity. Even though I accept that the quality of life in any zoo is probably not as stimulating as being able to roam free, the Bronx Zoo was still a spectacular site to see.

Foliage at the Bronx Zoo in New York City

The only kind of undomesticated animals I see regularly in New York City are pigeons flying and rats scurrying, with an occasional cute (but vicious!) squirrel in Central Park. The Bronx Zoo had not only an amazing array of animals–my favorites were the giraffes, zebras and tapirs–and gorgeous turn-of-the-century architecture, but we also visited at the height of fall foliage. It truly feels like a little nature escape in the middle of the Bronx: there were so many trees changing color, and we even crossed the Bronx River on a monorail (I didn’t even know the Bronx had a river!). Overall, highly recommend as a fun excursion out of the city–although I recommend getting there early and going on the monorail first thing to beat the crowds.

Foliage at the Bronx Zoo in New York CityElephants at the Bronx Zoo in New York City Monorail at the Bronx Zoo in New York CityThe Bronx Zoo in New York City Tiger at Bronx Zoo in New York City Foliage at the Bronx Zoo in New York City Sea lions at the Bronx Zoo in New York City Foliage at the Bronx Zoo in New York City Zebras at the Bronx Zoo in New York City Foliage at the Bronx Zoo in New York City Foliage at the Bronx Zoo in New York City Giraffes at the Bronx Zoo in New York City Foliage at the Bronx Zoo in New York CityWhat’s your favorite photo of the Bronx Zoo? 

 

  • Briel79

    Whenever I go to a zoo the big cats are what make me the saddest. Cooping them up in those small little habitat’s just seems like a crime.

    That said, it was nice to be able to take my niece to the Sacramento Zoo last year and show her the animals. There’s nowhere else she could experience them in real life.

  • I feel the same way – I love zoos but I always feel guilty about loving them. I try to remember the educational and awareness aspects zoos provide for the public, and then I feel a little better. 🙂

  • camorose

    Agreed–it was awesome to see how much all of the kids loved it!

  • camorose

    Totally. There were also so many kids there having the times of their lives, which was pretty fun to see!

  • Zoo’s have come a long way from what they used to be and are passionate about education and conservation, which is great, but I agree, sometimes I feel bad that they’re in such small spaces. That being said, I love the picture of the seal! They crack me up.

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  • camorose

    Yes! The seals were so much fun to watch!