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.
|Date of Tour||Time||Tour||Meeting Place||Registration Deadline|
|Sat., April 26||10:30 AM||Congo Gorilla Forest||Congo Gorilla Forest||Mon., April 14|
|Sat., May 3||10:30 AM||Land of the Lions||Somba Village||Mon., April 21|
|Sun., May 18||10:30 AM||Exploring Madagascar!||Zoo Center||Mon., May 5|
|Sun., June 8||10:30 AM||Congo Gorilla Forest||Congo Gorilla Forest||Mon., May 26|
|Sat., June 28||10:30 AM||Tigers, Leopards, and More!||Tiger Mountain||Mon., June 16|
|Sun., July 13||10:30 AM||Dinosaurs Among Us||Zoo Center||Mon., June 30|
|Sat., July 26||10:30 AM||Exploring Madagascar!||Zoo Center||Mon., July 14|
|Sun., August 10||10:30 AM||Secrets of the Wild World||Zoo Center||Mon., July 28|
|Sat., August 23||10:30 AM||Dinosaurs Among Us||Zoo Center||Mon., August 11|
|Sun., September 13||10:30 AM||Congo Gorilla Forest||Congo Gorilla Forest||Mon., September 1|
|Sun., September 28||10:30 AM||Exploring Madagascar!||Zoo Center||Mon., September 15|
|Sat., October 11||10:30 AM||Secrets of the Wild World||Zoo Center||Mon., September 29|
|Sun., October 26||10:30 AM||Land of the Lions||Somba Village||Mon., October 13|
Mysteries 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."
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 and a group of pygmy marmosets, the world's smallest monkeys, also await your visit.
Meeting Place: 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 their prey, exploring the physical adaptations that make predators 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
Exploring Madagascar! and Beyond
This tour of beautiful Astor Court begins with a visit to 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.
The tour will include a visit to the nearby Birds of Prey exhibit for an up-close encounter with owls, eagles, and vultures, as well as a stop at the zoo's flamingo colony near the Aquatic Bird House. We'll also visit Zoo Center for a look at the remarkable resident pair of white rhinos, and 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 but 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 Himalayan Highlands, home to endangered snow leopards and red pandas. Tours can be tailored to cover various exhibits and the animals of greatest interest to your group.
Meeting Place: Tiger Mountain
Secrets of the Wild World: Giraffes, Baboons, Bears, and More
This tour will reveal the hidden secrets of the wild world. You'll learn how giraffes use their long necks and tongues, why three lions are better than one, and how 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, 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
Dinosaurs Among Us
Though dinosaurs have long since vanished from our planet, we may be able to gain insight into their lives by studying the adaptations and behavior of some of the modern animals at the zoo.
On this tour, we'll visit some favorite zoo animals to learn about the adaptations they share share with their dinosaur predecessors. What does a giraffe have in common with a Brachiosaurus? Did Triceratops use their horns in the same ways that rhinos do today? Which animal is the Tyrannosaurus Rex of the modern era? Discover these secrets and much more.
Meeting Place: Zoo Center