Conservation Member Tours

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

New guided tours of the Bronx Zoo for Conservation Supporter, Fellow, Partner, and Patron Members!

Explore the zoo with our knowledgeable docents, the Friends of the Zoo. Each of their tours lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Groups may bring an extra child without charge as long as prior arrangements are made. If you make arrangements to bring an additional child, please bring your Conservation Tour email confirmation letter with you to the park on the day of the tour to confirm admission of the extra child. If you do not bring the confirmation email, you may be asked to pay an admission fee for your guest.

If you are not currently a Conservation-level Member and you are interested in taking a tour, you can join or renew your Membership now, at any Conservation level. Your upgraded benefits will start right away. You'll have a full 12 months, plus the remaining time on your existing Membership, to enjoy your new Conservation-level benefits.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Membership Office at (718) 741-1825 and leave a message.

2015 Schedule

Date of Tour Time Tour Meeting Place Registration Deadline
Sat., Apr. 18 10:30 AM Congo Gorilla Forest Congo Gorilla Forest Mon., Apr. 6
Sun., May 17 10:30 AM Tigers, Leopards, and More!
Tiger Mountain Mon., May 4
Sun., May 31 10:30 AM Mysteries and Adaptations
Zoo Center Mon., May 18
Sat., Jun. 6 10:30 AM Land of the Lions
Somba Village
Mon., May 25
Sun., Jun. 21 10:30 AM Flamingos to Penguins
Aquatic Bird House Mon., Jun. 8
Sat., Jul. 11 10:30 AM Dragons and Giant Tortoises
Zoo Center Mon., Jun. 29
Sun., Jul. 26 10:30 AM Mysteries and Adaptations
Zoo Center Mon., Jul. 13
Sat., Aug. 8 10:30 AM Tigers, Leopards, and More
Tiger Mountain
Mon., Jul. 27
Sun., Aug. 16 10:30 AM Land of the Lions
Somba Village
Mon., Aug. 3
Sat., Aug. 29 10:30 AM Flamingos to Penguins
Aquatic Bird House
Mon., Aug. 17
Sun., Sep. 20 10:30 AM Dragons and Giant Tortoises
Zoo Center Mon., Sep. 7
Sat., Oct. 3 10:30 AM Mysteries and Adaptations
Zoo Center Mon., Sep. 21
Sun., Oct. 18 10:30 AM Congo Gorilla Forest
Congo Gorilla Forest Mon., Oct. 5


Tours Descriptions

Secrets of Congo Gorilla Forest

Nearly 400 African forest creatures, representing 55 wildlife species, make their home in our 6.5-acre Congo Gorilla Forest. Let New York City fade away as you stroll beneath the thick canopy of leaves, through sprays of mist, past sunny meadows and thickets of bamboos, and up to treetop lookouts.

Along the trail, you'll encounter our two troops of western lowland gorillas. You can get up close to rambunctious youngsters, their watchful mothers, and the hulking male leaders known as "silverbacks." Hopefully, we'll also get a look at the two newest additions to the troop – a pair of adorable gorilla youngsters born at the zoo in 2014.

Other creatures that live in this lush, green forest include black and white colobus monkeys, mandrills, DeBrazza's monkeys, and shy okapis. A busy family of Wolf's guenons, red river hogs, and many more amazing animals also await your visit.

Meeting Place: Entrance of Congo Gorilla Forest


Land of the Lions: Life on the African Plains

Join us on a safari as we explore the complex relationship among the animals of the African Plains. It's as close to the Serengeti as you can get in the Bronx! Trek past lions, gazelles, giraffes, wild dogs, and zebras on the African savanna. This tour focuses on the relationship between predators and the animals on which they prey by exploring the physical adaptations that make predators such stealthy hunters. We'll also look at the defenses used by prey animals to avoid being caught!

Then head up to the Ethiopian highlands—the Zoo's stunning slice of the "African Alps." This habitat ranks among the largest primate exhibits in the U.S. On its grassy slopes, gelada baboons graze and romp alongside Nubian ibexes, rock hyraxes, and African waterfowl.

Meeting Place: Somba Village


Dragons and Giant Tortoises

This tour of beautiful Astor Court begins with a visit to Zoo Center, where we'll explore two of the Bronx Zoo's newest exhibits and meet giant Aldabra tortoises and magnificent Komodo dragons, and where we'll also take a look at the remarkable resident pair of white rhinos. Next stop: Madagascar! in the renovated but gorgeously-preserved former Lion House. It's the only place in the Bronx to encounter leaping lemurs, cave-dwelling crocodiles, hissing cockroaches, and other animals native only to the incredible island ecosystem of Madagascar. We'll conclude by barking hello to the ever-popular California sea lions.

Meeting Place: Rhino Garden (outside Zoo Center)


Tigers, Leopards, Red Pandas, and More: Majestic and Endangered

Want to learn more about threatened species, imperiled habitats, and how you can help protect the last of the wild? This is the tour for you. Our knowledgeable guides will help you understand why wildlife conservation is so important, the causes of species loss, and what individuals can do. The tour includes a stop at Tiger Mountain where we'll learn about Asia majestic cats, as well as Himalayan Highlands, home to endangered snow leopards and red pandas. Tours can be tailored to cover various exhibits and animals of greatest interest to your group.

Meeting Place: Tiger Mountain


Mysteries and Adaptations: Giraffes, Bears, Baboons and More!

Did you know that baby giraffes are six feet tall at birth? This tour will include a look a the Bronx Zoo's newest towering giraffe toddler, and reveal how giraffes are uniquely suited to their native environment due to adaptations such as their long necks and tongues. We'll go on to explore other secrets of the wild world: why are three lions better than one? How do white-naped cranes find meals in the mud? Whether they make their homes on the frozen tundra, in a mild evergreen forest, or in a scorching desert, all animals are uniquely adapted to their habitats.

Explore the differences in animal anatomy and social structure that explain their diets, behaviors, and life cycles, and learn why each is best suited to a particular environment. Tours stop at Big Bears, Himalayan Highlands, Baboon Reserve, and African Plains.

Meeting Place: Zoo Center


From Flamingos to Penguins: The Wonderful Waterbirds

This tour is strictly for the birds – the aquatic birds, that is! We'll observe and learn about a wide variety of birds that thrive in and around the water. Our tour begins outside the Aquatic Bird House with a visit to the Bronx Zoo's gorgeous Caribbean flamingo colony. Then we'll head inside for a look at storm storks, puffins, pied avocets, Peruvian pelicans, roseate spoonbills, and a wide variety of other aquatic birds from the boisterous laughing kookaburra to the shy New Zealand kiwi. Finally, we'll explore the Russell B. Aitken Sea Bird Colony, a huge walk-through aviary where we'll encounter Magellanic penguins other amazing seabirds.

Meeting Place: Aquatic Bird House