The Queens Zoo, is home to 75 animal species native to both North and South America. It is part of the system of zoos and aquaria managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The Wildlife Conservation Society also manages the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. Specifically, the Queens Zoo is managed by both the Wildlife Conservation Society and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Impressively, it is the only wildlife establishment out of the system that holds Andean bears on exhibition.
The zoo is also home to various wild cat species, such as lynxes and pumas, owls, alligators, and bison. Additionally, the Queens Zoo has an open aviary and continuous sea lion feedings.
The aviary, originally constructed as an assembly hall, does not have any obstructions, such as pillars. This gives birds and other animals free roam within the enclosure. As a result, visitors can sometimes cross paths with various birds, even an ostrich!