The Queens Zoo reopened in June 1992 in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. This zoo, devoted primarily to North American animals, is divided into wild and domestic areas. It is home to some 300 animals of 45 different species.
Designed to feel like a national park, its bison, mountain lions, bald eagles and elk are allowed to roam free in terrains that approximate their natural habitat. The zoo is also the only New York home to the spectacled bear, an endangered native of the Andes Mountain region in South America. Its marsh habitat with aquatic plants is a prime bird-watching site. The geodesic dome aviary from the 1964 World's Fair has likewise been outfitted with a winding walkway that leads visitors from the forest floor to the treetops at its apex. The sea lions are fed daily at 11:15 am, 2 pm and 4 pm.
The Queens Zoo is owned by the City of New York and operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society, which also runs the Prospect Park and Central Park Wildlife Centers, the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium.
Tours of the zoo are given daily to the public. Other programming for children and families changes from year to year. Please call for a current schedule.