Central Park Zoo

Welcome to the Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Park Zoo and the Tisch Children's Zoo. Here, just a few yards from 5th Ave. you’ll find over 130 different species ranging from Snow Leopards to Tropical Birds.

A walk around the Zoo’s five plus acres will take you through a variety of habitats, all carefully designed to recreate the natural environment of the animals they house. On the left is a list of links to the pages describing all of the Zoo’s inhabitants. Be sure to check out the renovated Polar Seabirds exhibit with four species of penguins including Gentoo, Chinstrap, Rockhopper and King Penguins.

Snow Leopard
Judith Wolfe
Snow Leopard

East Side between 63rd and 66th Streets

Hours and Information
April 1 - Nov 6 Weekdays 10 am - 5:00 pm Weekends & Holidays 10AM - 5:30PM

Nov 7 - Mar 31 Winter Season” operating hours10AM to 4:30PM, daily

*Last tickets sold 30 minutes before close time.

* Admission to Wildlife Center includes admission to Children's Zoo: Adults $12.00; Senior Citizens (65+) $9.00; Children 3-12 $7.00; Children under 3, Free

* General Information Line: 212-439-6500

Central Park Zoo feeding times:

Penguins: 10:30am and 2:30pm
Sea Lions: 11:30am1:30pm and 3:30pm


Youth, family, and adult programs:

Interactive classes that include live animal encounters, and offer unique experience for guests at the various zoo exhibits. Classes are held on weekdays and weekends, as well as school holidays.

Visit the Zoo's website for more details: http://www.centralparkzoo.com/classes-and-programs.aspx  

or email cpzregistration@wcs.org 



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Zoo Attractions

The Polar Circle
contains an exhibit featuring waterfowl and nearby is the Ice Pack building which houses 59 Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins along with the Tufted Puffins and 6 NEW King Penguins!


The Rain Forest houses a brilliant collection of tropical birds including the Crested Coua of Madagascar and the Victoria Crowned Pigeons of New Guinea. Here you’ll also find enough frogs, lizards, snakes, toads and various other squirmy things to keep any little girl or boy enraptured for their entire visit. Then there are the Black and White Ruffed Lemurs, as well as three species of Tamarins, to represent the primates of the tropics.

The Temperate Territory includes the California Sea Lion tank at the center of the exhibit and stretches around the rear of the Zoo. This section is home to the Red Pandas and Japanese Macaques.  Here you’ll also find the lovely Swan Geese. Look for three amazing Snow Leopards to come to the Zoo in June of 2009.

Central Park Zoo Quest is a scavenger hunt that is held in the summer and fall. Check our event calendar for specific dates and times. 

Central Park Zoo Ice Age: No Time For Nuts is a 4D fully immersive, high energy additionl animated film which is shown every 10-15 minutes throughout the day. Please go to our events calander for specifics.



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