Zoo Center


The heart of the park since 1908, Zoo Center was constructed to look like a palace. Today, the animals there include some of our largest reptiles, Aldabra tortoises and Komodo dragons.

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Open year-round

Please note – last entry to this exhibit is 30 min prior to park closing.


Included with all tickets.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

Read about Zoo Center's Debut

Explore our digital timeline for a look at Zoo Center’s history, as well as key Bronx Zoo achievements in saving animal species and connecting people to wildlife.

We hope you’ll celebrate the Bronx Zoo’s 125th birthday with us this spring and summer.

Giant Reptiles

In warm weather, you’ll encounter two of the Bronx Zoo’s biggest reptile species outside Zoo Center: Komodo dragons and giant Aldabra tortoises. Besides their impressive size, Aldabra tortoises are thought to live 200 years or more. And Komodo dragons are the world’s largest living species of lizard.

White Rhinos

The Bronx Zoo exhibits two rhino species; the southern white rhinos can be seen at Zoo Center, and the greater one-horned rhinoceros, Indian rhino, can be seen from the Wild Asia Monorail. Illegal poaching of rhinos for their horns is the greatest threat facing these animals. The white rhino is the only rhino species that is not listed as endangered, although the increased threat of poaching for the illegal sale of rhino horns threatens the future of these iconic animals.

In the Exhibit

Komodo Dragon

Fully grown, adult males can reach nine feet from nose to tail, and tip the scales at 360 pounds.

Southern White Rhino

The rhino’s horn is composed entirely of keratin – the same substance that makes up hair and nails.

Giant Aldabra Tortoise

Aldabra tortoises are one of only two remaining species of giant tortoises; the other is the Galapagos tortoise.

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