Queens Zoo Review Date of Visit: July 25, 2014 For my money the Queens Zoo is the second best zoo in New York City (although I haven’t been to Staten Island.) Unlike the others it solely focuses on animals from the Americas although I wish it had more tropical species like new world monkeys, jaguars and anteaters. It is a very small zoo but generally a high quality if forgettable one. Excellent Andean Bear Habitat- The zoo’s premier exhibit and the only Andean bear in New York City. The exhibit is fairly large and has plenty of trees for the bears to climb. It is nicely vegetated and rocks and deadfalls are nice touches. A classic immersive WCS exhibit and brings much needed starpower to the zoo. Bison/Pronghorn- These hoofstock roam a fairly large open grasslands with unobstructed viewing. Not as good as the bison exhibit at Bronx but a good one. Elk- These large deer live in a decently sized wooded paddock. Coyote- Good yard for these carnivores. They have a good amount of space, a good amount of vegetation and places to hide. Pudu- A very nice exhibit is provided for these small deer. Bald Eagle- A nice wooded clearing is perfect for these birds. Thick-Billed Parrot- Excellent habitat loaded with great vegetation. Snowy Owl- This exhibit is one of the best I have seen. Average Sea Lion Pool- Better than the ones at Central Park and Prospect but not large enough and I really don’t care for the way it uses mock rock. Peccary- These pigs have an average simple yard that isn’t that large or special. Cougar- Lush and naturalistic but too small for my liking and lacking climbing opportunities. Lynx- Relatively plain and unimaginative habitat. Alligator- Your typical exhibit. Aviary- An average structure that is quite forgettable but nice enough.