While there isn't room for the elephants, giraffes, and tigers that traditionally populate zoos (you have to head to the Bronx for that), this small corner of Prospect Park is full of vibrant animals and educational exhibits--the perfect addition to a day at the park. Like the other units run by WCS, the focus of the zoo is conservation and education. You will see adorable birds, reptiles, and mammals, but you should come here expecting to learn.
Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild.
What You Will See
At the heart of the zoo is the Sea Lion Court, where a pair of California Sea Lions draw huge crowds, particularly during the daily feeding and training schedule. Unlike other zoos, the Zoo hosts a barn full of sheep, pigs, and alpacas that you are welcome to feed or pet. A pair of buildings houses smaller animals, like baboons, marmosets, frogs, and finches. A tree-lined walkway takes you to see the red panda, dingos, and prarie dogs.
Why You Should Go
As the low admission price suggests, this is not a zoo that will fill up your whole day. But it is a charming escape from bustling Brooklyn and pairs perfectly with a day at the park or the nearby Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. If you have the time and resource, the Bronx Zoo is a more thorough experience, but for a brief diversion into the natural world, the Prospect Park Zoo is accessible, uncrowded, inexpensive, and engaging.