5 Reasons We Love the Bronx Zoo's Renovated Children's Zoo
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3) New life at the pond: Perhaps the most obvious change in the experience is at the water area. I don’t remember seeing much more than ducks and swans there in the past, but they’re now joined by several gorgeous flamingoes. And as you move past them, you’ll notice monkeys climbing around the trees growing in the middle of the pond.
4) Small touches: There are newly redesigned signs and other less-obvious flourishes. A very short rope bridge offers just a little more excitement as kids progress along the path. Chickens now roam the petting zoo freely, along with the ever-present peacocks. And so on.
5) The Petting Zoo: Speaking of that end-of-the-trail favorite, it’s been enhanced, too, with new animals, a tractor for kids to climb and pretend to drive, and that holy grail for parents whose kids want to feed the animals again and again and again: change machines to turn your dollar bills into much-needed quarters.
Main photo credit (monkey image at top of page): Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society