Behind Boogie Down

This spring, celebrate the genre-changing movements born out of our home borough. We've teamed with a pioneering group of artists and musicians, dancers and chefs for a unique new event. Below, go behind the scenes with them as Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo comes together. Then join us for jam-packed weekends at the park.

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Legendary Artists x The Bronx Zoo

Meet the hip-hop pioneers and street art icons bringing our spring event to life.

Grandmaster Caz: "The legacy started here."

AT THE EVENT: The chance to rhyme with Grandmaster Caz. During Boogie Down, Caz will be holding court on Astor Court, teaching us the basics with daily workshops. Learn more.

Grandmaster Melle Mel: "I've never collaborated with a lion before."

AT THE EVENT: Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio of the Furious Five take the stage April 21, May 12, and May 13. You don't want to miss it. Learn more.

Tats Cru: "Graffiti artists meet animals."

AT THE EVENT: Tats Cru (BG183, Bio, Nicer) will be at the zoo May 5 and 6. Purchase signed and numbered giclees of their art (below) available here.

John "Crash" Matos: "That weight of a little borough travels with me everywhere."

AT THE EVENT: John "Crash" Matos will be at the zoo weekends from May 19 to June 3. You can also purchase signed and numbered giclees of his art: available here.


Hip-hop legends Grandmaster Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz have recorded an original song for the Bronx Zoo. Listen closely and you'll hear a few of our animals on the track. And make sure to watch the music video we created for our new anthem.

Street Artists x Wildlife

As part of our enrichment program, some of the zoo's animals paint. We gave their work to legendary street artists from the Bronx and these pieces were transformed.

Tats Cru

World-renowned street artists BG183, Bio, and Nicer each did a piece for this project. Use the sliders to see the animal art they were given and then the finished pieces.

Otter Rises to the Top

BG183 x Asian Small-Clawed Otters

Living in Harmony

Bio x White-Throated Capuchins

Scratch Master

Nicer x Western Lowland Gorilla

AT THE EVENT: Watch these artists work in person and create some animal tag art of your own. Learn more.

Behind-the-Scenes Photos

In the studio. Behind the mic. At the park. Putting together Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo.

Join us to celebrate the art, music, dance, food, and wildlife in the Bronx with Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo. Saturday April 21–Sunday, April 22 and weekends from May 5 to June 3.

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