The Staten Island Zoo was founded as an educational zoo, with the goal of educating visitors, particularly children, about the natural world. Built on the former estate of the Harden family and built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp, the zoo has hosted Staten Island visitors since its opening in 1936.

What You Will See

The zoo houses the usual cast of animals. You will see peacocks, arctic foxes, a leopard or two (if you are lucky), ostriches, and of course, Chuck the Groundhog. The zoo also houses the city's largest petting zoo, where children are invited to interact with domesticated farm animals like cows, sheep, and ducks. Stop by the re-opened aquarium or take a ride Conservation Carousel featuring vulnerable endangered species.

Why You Should Go

Picking a zoo to visit in New York City is a matter of transportation. If you can get there, head to the Bronx. But if not, go the one closest to you: Central Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows, Coney Island (for the aquarium), or Staten Island. This may not be the largest or most diverse zoo in the city, but its collection of over 350 different species will not disappoint visitors of any age. Watch the calendar for exciting events.