Countless New Yorkers, as well as visitors from all parts of the world, have experienced an oasis just a few feet off Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan.
Since the 1860s, Central Park has been the home of three different zoos: the menagerie, the zoo of 1934, and what is today known as the Central Park Zoo.
The Central Park Zoo begins with the menagerie of the 1860s, an impromptu public zoo begun when citizens and circuses started donating animals to the city.
It continues in 1934, when Robert Moses, perhaps the most influential man in the city Ãs planning history built a newer zoo, remembered to this day for its lions, tigers, elephants, and gorillas.
It ends with the brand new zoo and exhibits built in 1988 under the supervision of the Wildlife Conservation Society.