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The Prospect Park Zoo
450 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
Voice: 718-399-7339

The Prospect Park Zoo opened on October 5, 1993, becoming the fifth facility in Wildlife Conservation Society's unique network of wildlife parks in New York City.

Brooklyn's "new" zoo has a long history. First it was a menagerie, established in Prospect Park in the late 1800's. This collection of animals became the more formal Prospect Park Zoo on Flatbush Avenue that opened to the public on July 3, 1935.

As was the case with the Central Park Zoo, time and increased knowledge about the needs of zoo animals eventually made the Prospect Park Zoo obsolete. Through a partnership forged in the early 1980's with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, WCS agreed to renovate and manage a new zoo in Prospect Park.

Groundbreaking for the Prospect Park Zoo project occurred in August, 1989. Some architectural aspects of the old zoo were saved, but inhumane conditions that existed there were eliminated. Naturalistic habitat exhibits replaced bars, cages, and pits. And three major exhibit areas were designed to engage children, especially, in learning about wildlife: The World of Animals, Animal Lifestyles, and Animals in Our Lives.

In the World of Animals, youngsters can meet prairie dogs nose-to-nose, and walk among wallabies. The Animal Lifestyles building's centerpiece is a spectacular habitat for hamadryas baboons. Animals in Our Lives exhibits encourage children to observe and draw wildlife; outside, visitors can interact with friendly, touchable species in an inviting barnyard. The Prospect Park Zoo's education department offers year-round classes and programs, too, for school groups and the general public.



Pictures and information were provided by Wildlife Conservation Society

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