Central Park Zoo Date of Visit: May 30, 2014 The Central Park Zoo is a very small zoo in the middle of Manhatten. Its only megafauna are sea lions, penguins, macaques, snow leopards and now grizzly bears. When I visited, I almost felt like it was a trailer/preview of the Bronx Zoo- giving a taste for the types of exhibits WCS creates and encouraging visitors to visit the bigger, better zoo out in the Bronx. Most of the exhibits are average to very good but there isn’t enough here to entice visitors to stay long. The Best Snow Leopard Exhibit- A large immersive and naturalistic habitat for the elusive cats who were nowhere to be found on my visit. I still say Himalayan Highlands at the Bronx Zoo is better but this is quite good as well. The amount of vegetation and hiding opportunities is admirable and trees are everywhere. Cliffs in the back allow the leopards to climb and the entire habitat is on a hill. A waterfall runs through the cliffs. This is the best the zoo has to offer and one of the best snow leopard exhibits around. Macaques- A rocky exhibit surrounded by water on three sides. It could be bigger but is quite nice and naturalistic. Polar Circle-Huge colonies of Arctic penguins live in an all-indoor exhibit viewed behind glass. The rockwork is average but this exhibit holds up quite well. Puffins live in a similar all-indoor exhibit nearby. While on my visit the former polar bear exhibit was closed but now has grizzly bears. However, the habitat looked like it was loaded with mock-rock. Average Tropics Zone- A smallish average rainforest building. The space for the rainforest birds and sloths is admirable and is fairly lush but side habitats for lemurs and tamarins are a bit on the small size. Decent terrariums host poison dart frogs and boas. Sea Lion- Typical sea lion pool found at the middle of the zoo that doesn’t really stand out but is more modern and better than several outdated ones around the country. Temperate Territory- Nondescript habitats for red pandas, mouse deer, muntjacs and cranes. Tisch Children’s Zoo- Fairly nice children’s zoo but without exotic animals.