Animals in NYC

In 1898, the city of New York set aside 250 acres of land that would become the Bronx Zoo. The zoo opened its doors in 1899. The Bronx Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals of more than 650 different species. The Bronx Zoo is open year-round to provide visitors with glimpses of wild animals in a variety of different habitats. From lemurs and chinchillas to gorillas and lions, the Bronx Zoo has animal exhibits that will appeal to the whole family.

The Bronx Zoo features historical landmarks such as the Rockefeller Fountain and the Rocking Stone that towers over the buffalo exhibit. An important focus of the Bronx Zoo has always been the habitats provided for animals. Animal habitats at the Bronx Zoo are more open to give animals more freedom. When you visit some areas of the Bronx Zoo, you have to ride a special train that transports you into the exhibit so you can see the animals in a more natural environment.

Asian Elephant

  • Asian Elephants: This Web page provides an overview of Asian elephants, including their size and natural habitat.
  • The Elephantidae: The University of California presents information about both Asian elephants and African Savannah elephants.
  • About Elephants: This website educates people about Asian and African elephants, including interesting facts you may not know.


  • Mammals: Giraffe: Learn details about giraffes from the San Diego Zoo, including their average size and the sounds they make.
  • Giraffe Information: The American Wildlife Foundation provides information about giraffes, such as their galloping speed and where they live.
  • Giraffe: Giraffa Camelopardalis: This website provides overview information about giraffes.


  • Primate Fact Sheet: Gorilla: Learn where gorillas live, what they eat, and how they look on this Web page.
  • Great Apes: Gorillas: This website provides pictures and basic information about gorillas and their natural habitat.
  • Gorillas: As an endangered species, gorillas can be hurt by environmental threats that could affect their numbers.


  • Basic Facts About Zebras: Explore zebras on this Web page to learn about where they live, what they eat, and how they behave.
  • Mammals: Zebra: The Atlanta Fulton County Zoo provides an overview of zebras.
  • Zebra (Equus Burchelli): The Woodland Park Zoo teaches visitors about zebras, including details about their stripes and other physical characteristics.


  • All About Lions: Find out all sorts of interesting facts about lions here.
  • African Lion: The Lincoln Park Zoo gives an overview of lions along with a video that shows typical lion behavior.
  • Big Cats: Lion: Learn facts about this powerful predator on this Web page, including the amount of time lions spend sleeping each day.

Polar Bear

Red Panda

  • About the Red Panda: The red panda may also be called the "firefox," as explained on this Web page.
  • Red Panda Club: The Nashville Zoo shares information and pictures of a red panda born at this zoo.
  • Red Panda Information: The Bronx Zoo has red pandas on exhibit and provides information about this animal.


  • Tiger Facts: Learn about tigers on this Web page, including subspecies such as the Bengal tiger and the Siberian tiger.
  • Tiger Information: The WildAid website teaches people about tigers and the environmental issues that threaten them.
  • Fun Tiger Facts: Explore fun facts about tigers, including how mothers care for their young and how they hunt.

Bald Eagle


King Cobra

  • King Cobra: The St. Louis Zoo describes the king cobra and gives information about typical behaviors of this snake.
  • Amphibians and Reptiles: King Cobra: The Sedgwick County Zoo teaches visitors about the king cobra, including where it lives and what it eats.
  • Cobras: All You Need To Know: Watch a video of a king cobra and learn interesting facts about this snake on this website.

Poison Dart Frogs

  • Blue Poison Dart Frog: See the intriguing blue poison dart frog on this website, and watch a video of it in its natural habitat.
  • Poison Dart Frogs: Learn about these colorful animals on this Web page.
  • Strawberry Poison Dart Frog: Strawberry poison dart frogs live in the rainforest, according to the Nature Conservancy website.

Nile Crocodile