The Wildlife Conservation Society has 5 zoos and aquariums (Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and New York Aquarium), and each one has its own strengths and personality. The Prospect Park Zoo, located in Brooklyn, has some interesting animal exhibits, but the animals are not its only draw. The zoo has other delightful features as well, which I’m excited to introduce you too today.
First, let’s explore the animal exhibits. The Prospect Park Zoo is not the largest zoo in New York City, but I found some great animals. Here are photos of some of my favorites. As you come through the zoo’s main entrance, one of the first things you will see is the Sea Lion Court, where California sea lions are swimming. I always love sea lions, as they have such personalities!
As you continue through the zoo, you’ll discover the Farm, with the usual variety of farm animals. Visitors can purchase food pellets to feed some of the animals. My favorites were the goats and alpacas, who generally were much more interested to see the children who offered food rather than pay any attention to me!
There are multiple indoor exhibits, which were very welcome on a hot day. The mongooses were particularly photogenic.
I also found this dart frog hanging out on the glass of its exhibit space.
I loved this fennec fox, although it seemed a bit grumpy!
This group of Golden Lion Tamarins was snuggled close together up in the trees.
There were a number of other animals as well, but what really intrigued me on this visit were the less expected parts of the zoo, like this peaceful, beautiful path, surrounded by flowers and other plants meant to attract migrating birds, bees, and butterflies.
I also enjoyed the Discovery Trail, which combined a walk through the woods with animals and interactive opportunities for children. The first animal I came across on the Discovery Trail was this prairie dog.
A nearby sign invites visitors to “Tunnel like a prairie dog.” When you go through the tunnels (a little low for adults, but doable), you pop up in the bubbles next to the prairie dogs!
On the way to see the ducks and turtles in the ponds, you can hop across a few “lily pads” like a frog, if you like!
There were more animals and interactive activities (such as a rope “spider web” to climb on and a child-sized “nest,” complete with cracked “eggs” to pose in) on the Discovery Trail, but the one animal that I hoped to see on the Discovery Trail was the red panda, one of my favorite of all animals. Unfortunately they were being shy when I visited. The closest I came was this sighting as I exited the zoo!
Finally, I discovered this delightful path, host to whimsical metal animal sculptures. I think this may have been my favorite part of the entire zoo, especially the octopus! I hope you enjoy the photos of the sculptures as much as I enjoyed them.
Interesting in visiting the Prospect Park Zoo? If traveling by subway, take the B or Q trains to the Prospect Park Station. Make sure that you leave the station using the Flatbush Avenue/Ocean Avenue exit. The zoo is located on Flatbush Avenue on the edge of Prospect Park. For other transportation options or if traveling by car, the Prospect Park Zoo’s website has more information here.