NYC Wildlife


New York City has not one, but five zoos and an aquarium. There’s a home for native and exotic animals in each of the city’s five boroughs. Each issue, Indykids will explore one zoo.

The Staten Island Zoo

History: This urban zoo was built in 1936 as part of the Works Progress Administration, a program that during the Depression helped create jobs for the unemployed. Highlights: Leopards, lizards and antelope roam the African Savannah exhibit. Animals and flowers native to South America surround those who visit the Ralph J. Lamberti Tropical Forest. Farm animals consider the New England-style Children’s Center home. Cool! New York City’s weather-reading groundhog, Staten Island Chuck, lives quietly for most of the year at the Staten Island Zoo. But every February, all the television cameras flock to find out if Chuck can see his shadow!

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