Donate Now

Support the Bronx Zoo's Conservation Efforts

Season 3, Episode 10

Dancing Cobras

Buy Tickets

Come visit the stars of the show

Buy Tickets

This week on THE ZOO viewers watched as our expert staff surgically implanted an osmotic pump under the skin of one of our king cobras in order to treat an infection. Good news, the snake is doing well since the surgery. In fact, we’re hoping to breed the snake to support this Vulnerable species.

You may think of king cobras as aggressive, but they’re also intelligent and have complex behaviors that set them apart from other snakes. For example, courtship between king cobras resembles a dance to some. As one of our keepers, Sam, wrote for WCS WildView, “The male will attempt to dominate and impress a female (above) with his large size wrapping around her body in an attempt to convince her that he is a suitable mate to bear offspring. This cobra dance can go on for quite some time before a female allows copulation.”

Read more from Sam about king cobras on WCS Wild View, and be sure to visit them on your next trip at the World of Reptiles.

Be a Part of the Zoo

Wild Encounters

Take a Wild Encounter

Experience The Zoo in person, sign up for one of our up-close animal experiences and meet the stars.

Book Now
Animal Adoption

Adopt an Animal

Support the Bronx Zoo and symbolically adopt an animal that you've come to love from the show.

Adopt Now

Check out our interactive map!

Maximize your next trip to the zoo. Check out on your smartphone to view real-time info and our interactive map.

Need some direction? Access real-time info and our interactive map.

I’m in the park

Visit the in-park app experience

Need some direction? Get park maps, real-time info, and more with our new app.

I'm in the park