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Brooklyn, New York City 


Prospect Park Zoo 


Prospect Park Zoo is a 12-acre (5 hectares) zoo located at Flatbush Avenue, on the eastern side of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and nearby the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The zoo opened in 1935 and is operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Though a small zoo compared to New York City’s larger zoo in The Bronx (Bronx Zoo), Prospect Park Zoo remains popular with children. Nearly 400 animals belonging to more than 80 species of animals make their home at Prospect Park Zoo.

Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn (New York City)
Entrance to Prospect Park Zoo by Kai Brinker

The zoo is specifically designed for children and therefore home to smaller or less aggressive animals. Furthermore, the animals are kept in environments that simulate their native habitats. Mammals at Prospect Park Zoo include baboons, river otters, prairie dogs, red pandas, porcupines, kangaroos, and sea lions. There are also barn animals including sheep, goats, cows, ducks, geese, and alpacas housed in the zoo's northern quadrant. Other creatures in captivity include several species of birds, frogs, iguanas, and snakes.

Sea Lion Court at Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn (New York City)
Sea Lion Court at Prospect Park Zoo by Garry R. Osgood

The zoo organizes regular activities for its visitors including the thrice-daily feeding of the California Sea Lions at the Sea Lion Court. Along the Discovery Trail, visitors pass through several habitats including marshes and scrub lands where prairie dogs, red pandas, kangaroos, and otters live. At the Barn & Garden, visitors have the opportunity to meet up close and and feed the farm animals including goats, sheep, and alpacas. Visitors can also get a close encounter with the smaller animals such as iguanas, snakes, porcupines, and chickens at the Discovery Theater.

Location: 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11225

Website: Prospect Park Zoo

Tel (general inquiry): 718-399-7339


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