The Central Park Zoo only spans 6.5 acres but it holds a lot of history and wildlife. The Central Park Zoo is part of the system of zoos and aquaria managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The Wildlife Conservation Society also manages the Bronx Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo, the Queens Zoo, and the New York Aquarium.
The zoo officially opened in the 1860s, which makes it the oldest zoo in New York City. Originally, the zoo caged its animals. However, the zoo soon began to create open spaces simulating their natural environment for the animals to roam in.
Today, the zoo features three major exhibition areas: tropic, temperate, and polar. Inside the zoo, there is an indoor rainforest and a cool penguin house. The indoor rainforest is home to fruit bats and other birds and there are spaces where they can freely fly. The Central Park Zoo is also home to a medley of endangered species, such as tamarind monkeys, thick-billed parrots, and red pandas. Additionally, the zoo creates a breeding ground for the endangered species to reproduce.