The Bronx Zoo is a world-famous zoo in Bronx, New York. It opened on November 8, 1899, with 22 exhibits and 843 animals and with the goal to “advance the study of zoology, protect wildlife, and educate the public.”
It was one of the first zoos to move animals from cages to more naturalistic environments which would mix species and attempt to replicate the region the species arrived from. It is especially known for its ‘Wild Asia’ tramway, where spectators can witness Asian animals up front (in a monorail), and Jungleworld, an exhibit on plants and animals from tropical rain forests. The zoo also boasts the Congo Gorilla Forest, which is the largest man-made rainforest in the world at 6.5 acres, and focuses on conservation; your entry fee goes right back out to help save the species within the exhibit.
Address: 185th St. & Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY
Subway: 2/5 Line E. Tremont Ave.-W. Farm Sq.