Daily News: 110 Things To Know About the Bronx Zoo

bronx-zooIn honor of the 110th anniversary of the Bronx Zoo earlier this month, the New York Daily News has compiled a list of 110 things to know about the Bronx Zoo. Here is a sneak peek at the list:

1. The Bronx Zoo opened to visitors on November 8th, 1899.

2. On opening day, the zoo featured 843 animals in 22 exhibits.

6. More than 236 million guests have visited the zoo since its opening.

7. With 265 acres, the Bronx Zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States.

13. Approximately 2.15 million guests visit the Bronx Zoo each year.

14. The Bronx Zoo is run by the Wildlife Conservation Society, which protects more than 200 million acres of wild land in 65 countries.

16. The zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals representing more than 600 species.

28. Since 1903, the Bronx Zoo has had 90 snow leopard babies at the Bronx Zoo.
49. The zoo is open year round except for the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day.
64. The zoo’s latest edition to its bird collection is a loggerhead shrike, better known as the “butcher bird” for impaling its captives on thorns and barbed wire before eating them. (Note: That sounds like the coolest thing ever)

71. The zoo’s two most popular attractions are the Congo Gorilla exhibit and the monorail ride.

72. In 1916, the Bronx Zoo built the first fully equipped animal-hospital at a zoo in the world.

73. The Wildlife Health Center at the Bronx Zoo serves more than 15,000 animals from the four WCS zoos in New York.

91. The zoo only officially received the name “Bronx Zoo” in 2004.

See the full list here.

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