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The Prospect Park Zoo is a 12-acre (4.9 ha) zoo located off Flatbush Avenue on the eastern side of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York City. Its precursor, the Menagerie, opened in 1890. The present facility first opened as a city zoo on July 3, 1935, and was part of a larger revitalization program of city parks, playgrounds and zoos initiated in 1934 by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. It was built, in large part, through Civil Works Administration and Works Project Administration (WPA) labor and funding.[1]

After 53 years of operation as a city zoo run by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Prospect Park Zoo, also colloquially known as "Brooklyn Zoo", closed on June 1988 for reconstruction.[5][6] The closure signaled the start of a five-year, $37 million renovation program, that, save for the exteriors of the 1930s-era buildings, completely replaced the zoo. It was rededicated on October 5, 1993, as the Prospect Park Wildlife Conservation Center, joining an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS),[7] all of which are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The Prospect Park Zoo presently offers children's educational programs, is engaged in restoration of endangered species populations, runs a wildlife theater and reaches out to the local community through volunteer programs. The zoo houses nearly 630 animals representing about 101 species. It averages 300,000 visitors annually.

Exhibits

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A zookeeper getting a kiss from a sea lion during a Feeding and Training Session

Animal Lifestyles

Barn and Garden

  • Alpaca
  • Cotswold Sheep
  • Juliana Pigs

Discovery Trail

Hall of Animals

Sea Lion Court

There are two female California Sea lions:

  • BB
  • Halftime

The sea lions get fed three times a day:

  • 11:30 am
  • 2:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm

Animals

African Brush-Tailed Porcupine
  • Hall of Animals
Alpaca
  • Barn and Garden
Baby Doll Sheep
  • Barn and Garden
Bettong
  • Hall of Animals
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
  • Discovery Trail
California Sea Lion
  • Sea Lion Court
Dingo
  • Discovery Trail
Dwarf Mongoose
  • Hall of Animals
Emu
  • Discovery Trail
Geoffroy's Marmoset
  • Animal Lifestyles
Golden Lion Tamarin
  • Animal Lifestyles
Hamadryas Baboon
  • Animal Lifestyles
Henkel's Leaf-tailed Gecko
  • Hall of Animals
Kinkajou
  • Hall of Animals
Lettered Aracari
  • Animal Lifestyles
Madagascar Jumping Rat
  • Hall of Animals
Miniature Horse
  • Barn and Garden
North American River Otter
  • Discovery Trail
Pallas's Cat
  • Animal Lifestyles
Poison Dart Frog
  • Hall of Animals
Red-faced Parrot Finch
  • Hall of Animals
Red Panda
  • Discovery Trail
Tufted Deer
  • Discovery Trail
Vietnamese Mossy Frog
  • Hall of Animals
Wreathed Hornbill
  • Hall of Animals
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