Zoos and Aquariums

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Has Electric Zoo Turned Into a "Day-Glo Version of North Korea"?

    The producers of Electric Zoo, it seems, just can't catch a break in New York City. Last year, the last day was cancelled in the wake of two drug-related deaths and the subsequent flood of negative media coverage. This year, human nature wasn't to blame for an early end, but rather Mother Nature. ... More >>

  • Film

    August 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    We Did Mushrooms at the Bronx Zoo With Andy Animal, Cannibal Tribesman

    "The last interview I did on mushrooms, I said something about the Beatles, and then I'm like, 'Sorry, I can't do this.'" The day after his first show with his new band, Andy Animal's Cannibal Tribe, Andy Animal is driving me to the Bronx Zoo to eat mushrooms and commune with his non-human brethre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2012

    Guy Jumps Into a Bronx Zoo Tiger Pit And Lives To Tell the Tale

    We all love the Bronx Zoo. Who doesn't? The mini-jungle of Morris County provides fun for all age groups and houses a few animals that you wouldn't ever think of seeing in the Big City. One of which is a tiger (actually, that's not always true) and, sometimes, people get a little too excited about g ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 29, 2012


    There will be vodka

  • Voice Choices

    August 29, 2012
  • Voice Choices

    April 25, 2012


    Hitchcock's got nothing on this flock

  • Film

    December 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 10, 2011

    The Best Facts From the Washington Post's Story on Newt Gingrich's Zoo Fetish

    ​Earlier this week, a 1954 AP brief surfaced telling the story of an eleven-year-old Newt Gingrich walking into Harrisburg, PA's City Hall and offering to "round up" some animals and start a zoo in the town. He was denied, but Gingrich's love for zoos prevailed. In fact, according to the Washi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Escaped Inwood Hill Nature Center Turtle Wants His 15 Minutes

    ​Ah, how jaded we have become in this last month of 2011. As we speed into January and the year 2012 we can reflect back on how young and innocent we once were -- how excitable and naive, how easy to enthrall -- as evidenced primarily by the public's reaction to escaped zoo animals and their T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Meet the Bronx Zoo's New Okapi (Also: What Is an Okapi?)

    The Bronx Zoo has debuted its new baby okapi! What is an okapi? An okapi is a "giraffid artiodactyl mammal" native to a rainforest in the Congo, and though it kind of looks zebra-esque, it's actually more closely related to giraffes. The above video shows the new baby, who is the product of extr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Bronx Zoo Bears Celebrating Halloween Way Early

    On the Bronx Zoo website, this video is called "A Bear Halloween." The zoo says, "To the Bronx Zoo's brown bears, pumpkins are for eating and batting around, not decorating or carving." As you can see.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2011

    Sexy Tiger Love Triangle Results in Murder

    via Wikipedia​A three-year-old Malaysian tiger in captivity at the El Paso Zoo killed her mate after she became jealous of his blossoming relationship with another tiger. Reuters has all the steamy details of this crime of feline passion that occurred Thursday afternoon. Seri attacked and kill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Aggie, Aged Prospect Park Zoo Cow, Has Passed Away

    ​Aggie, the beloved cow who lived at the Prospect Park Zoo, died yesterday at age 18 of natural causes -- namely, being really old. Everyone loved Aggie (short for Agatha), and she even had a "moo box" where admirers could leave notes like the creepy one quoted by City Room: "You are beautiful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Peacock Escapes Central Park Zoo; People Go Crazy

    C.C. Kellogg​Hot on the heels of that Bronx Zoo Peacock that went on the lam and got a Twitter account back in May, there's a new escapee bird about town. This one hails from the Central Park Zoo and was sighted on the fourth floor of 838 Fifth Avenue near East 65th Street this afternoon, prom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Animals Eating Popsicles

    In response to a question that has long racked the world's collective brain -- how do animals stay cool at the zoo during a heat wave!? -- MSNBC has a long-awaited answer. Tigers eat popsicles made out of blood! "It's kind of gross, but they like it," said Diana Weinhardt, who supervises the Northe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Gus, the Remaining Central Park Polar Bear, Is Being Watched for Signs of Depression

    ​The New York Times City Room blog tells the sad, sad story of Gus, the remaining Central Park Zoo polar bear, whose long-term partner Ida was euthanized at the age of 25 on Friday due to a cancer-related liver disease. :( Now Gus, who is also 25, is all by his lonesome, and zookeepers are wat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Ida the Central Park Zoo Polar Bear Euthanized

    via​Ida, one of two Central Park Zoo polar bears, has died. She had contracted what the New York Daily News called a "cancer-related liver disease," and was euthanized today at the age of 25. "Ida was a great ambassador for all polar bears," city zoo director Jeff Sailer told the Daily News. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Bronx Zoo's Escapee Peahen Caught Disappointingly Quickly

    Oh, just a baby peacock.​If there's one thing we New Yorkers love, it's an escaped zoo animal. Alas, the Bronx Zoo peahen (that's "lady peacock," to you) was only freed for a day and a night during which the scrappy bird apparently scuffled with an alley cat, ate someone's discarded hamburger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    The Bronx Zoo Has a New Baby Zebra

    Here's video of Terri, the first zebra born at the Bronx Zoo since 2003, who recently made her public debut. Collective "awwwww," please. [h/t to @NewYorkology]

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2011

    Reptile House Is Open, Mia Greets Her Public

    Ready for her close-up.​Finally, the Bronx Zoo's Reptile House is open again. This means we can all get some face time with the newly-named Mia, who is the most famous and important cobra ever to have lived. And you'd better believe the Zoo is milking it: the sign on her enclosure now reads "Meet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Bronx Zoo Cobra Has Name, You Can Go Back to Your Lives Now

    ​Let's end this brief, scintillating chapter in our lives. A cobra escaped from a zoo. The cobra got a fake Twitter account. We were all rapt, captivated by the cobra's fake daily life, wondering where the cobra might be. The cobra was found after nearly a week. The cobra was returned to its z ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Bronx Zoo Cobra Naming Contest Down to the Semi-Finals, Still Disappointing

    ​Ah, the Bronx Zoo cobra. Just when we thought last week's most popular snake had faded from our news consciousness, to be replaced by, say, a baby giraffe, or a tsunami dog, she is back. Because we can't let these things go, no, we have to name them. The Bronx Zoo, after all, hasn't gotten th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2011

    What Will We Name The Cobra?

    Stephanie?​Contest alert! The recently-located Bronx Zoo Egyptian cobra is still nameless, and we all have until 1 p.m. on Monday to submit our suggestions. The contest is run by the Bronx Zoo in conjunction with the Daily News and if you'll win the honor of having named the most famous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Bronx Zoo Snake Press Conference, the Live Blog

    ​We've been watching the Bronx Zoo's press conference concerning the capture of the Egyptian cobra that has been missing for the past week. Below are minute-by-minute updates of this monumental media event.

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Mice Give Up Their Lives to Help Find Deadly Cobra Which Is Still at Large

    ​After five days of dealing with the embarrassing situation of having a deadly cobra on the loose, and one who tweets, Bronx Zoo workers have come up with the idea of baiting traps with live mice, reports the New York Post. This is their latest attempt to capture the snake, which they think is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2011

    So What If There's a Deadly Cobra On The Loose!

    Hiiiiiii!​Hey, if you were thinking about going to the Reptile House at the Bronx Zoo today, think again! A venomous cobra escaped from its abode and is slithering around waiting to kill people. So the Reptile House is closed, sorry.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2011

    PETA Says Knut's Death Was Preventable

    Knut's Vanity Fair cover with Leonardo DiCaprio. ​PETA, always quick to point fingers, is claiming that the sudden death at age four of Knut the polar bear was preventable. A PETA representative told TMZ that they reached out to the Berlin Zoo months ago because Knut was allegedly being "terrorize ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 23, 2011
  • Books

    November 3, 2010

    Last Words: Jim Carroll's Novel, The Petting Zoo

    A posthumous book from rock's famous Catholic Boy

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Whole Foods Cops Out on Fork in the Road's Challenge to Stop Selling Severely Endangered Seafood Immediately

    ​The confusing Whole Foods "dot" identification system for seafood. In a press release that just hit our email box at Fork in the Road, Whole Foods announces the chain-wide implementation of their color coding system for identifying fish according to sustainability, as certified by the Blue O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    New York's Wild Kingdom Is Going Batshit: Child-Eating Coyotes, Rabid Racoons, Sexin' Birds

    via the Daily News​Animals have gone wild! New York's furry and feathered are suddenly acting like the worst of humans. Good thing they can't speak or give the finger because they'd be shit-talking like Mel Gibson and flipping off women and children like uncouth New Jersey drivers on Fourth of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Jaguars, Discriminating Ladies Love Calvin Klein's "Obsession for Men"

    ​The Wall Street Journal discusses a fascinating subject today: What kind of perfume do cats like? By cats, they mean the big cats -- lions and tigers and cougars of the jungle or zoo-bound sort, not the 40-something ladies with a penchant for younger men who generally look nothing like Courte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Lion Cubs Debut at the Bronx Zoo

    Today's the big reveal day for three new lion cubs -- two girls and a boy -- born on January 27 at the Bronx Zoo. They're currently nameless, but we have a feeling they don't care in the least because they are far too busy being CUTE. Video after the jump. Apologies for the horrible, shameless adver ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 6, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Cute Animal Fix: Meet the Bronx Zoo's New Baby Lemur

    Julie Larsen Maher / WCS's Bronx Zoo​Today the Bronx Zoo welcomes baby lemur Ares, who is finally ready to come out and meet his adoring public following his birth in December.

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Top Buzzy Openings of 2010; Worst Food Safety Scandals of 2009

    ​What are some of the buzziest openings to look forward to in 2010? Keith McNally and Nate Appleman's Pulino's Bar and Pizzeria, natch. But also Loreley Williamsburg, Zak Pelaccio's Fatty Cue, and No. 7 Sub in the Ace Hotel. [Metromix] The city is getting increasingly lax on smoking speakeasi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2009

    Happy birthday to Zoo

    ​The Bronx Zoo is celebrating its 110th birthday today, with cake, performances by their house performance troupe, and the rollout of three clydesdale horses. The Zoo, which back then was called the New York Zoological Park, was opened on November 8, 1899 by what was then called the New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Cow-Pony (or Pony-Cow) Sighted in Staten Island

    A lot of animals seem to be making a break for it these days -- from Molly the Cow, who bolted from a Queens slaughterhouse, to that walleroo that has been bouncing around fields upstate after escaping from a petting zoo. Yesterday, a stray pony joined the club after it was spotted galloping around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008
  • Books

    January 8, 2008

    Lydia Millet and the Things We Zoo for Love

    Novelist offers up a shrewdly funny take on money, death, and vanishing species

  • Art

    January 8, 2008

    Get Some Class.

    Make a change in your life.

  • Theater

    November 13, 2007

    Edward and Will

    Albee enriches his own youthful work; CSC reanimates one of Shakespeare's

  • Film

    May 9, 2006

    Zoo Story

    Talking animals make sales pitches—for everything

  • Theater

    May 4, 2004

    The Outsiders

    American aliens (at home and abroad) drive two new plays

  • Columns

    September 10, 2002
  • NYC Life

    December 18, 2001
  • News

    August 1, 2000
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