Recap: Bronx Zoo Tour
Posted by Pat Donohue | June 25, 2012
Early Saturday morning, a few dozen Spartans journeyed to the Bronx Zoo for a “fun-formational” tour led by zoo enthusiast and chapter president, Greg Hauser. Greg admits that zoo visits were a highlight of his childhood, prompting him to earn his degree in Zoology from Michigan State.
The Bronx Zoo is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society along with the zoos in Central Park, Prospect Park and Queens and the New York Aquarium on Coney Island. One of the largest metropolitan zoos with over 600 species of animals, Fordham University sold the 265 acres to the City of New York for only $1,000 under the condition that it would be used as zoo and garden. It was designed to be as a natural buffer between the university and ongoing urban expansion.
After a quick debriefing in front of the Camel Ride, freshly-sunscreened Spartans hopped on the Wild Asia Monorail (“before the lines get crazy”) which takes passengers through 60 acres of the park. After stopping for ice cream, Greg led attendees on a walking tour through the African Plains where we hung out with some giraffes, hyenas, zebras and flamingos before breaking for lunch at the Whooping Crane café.
In addition to paying a visit to resident rhinos, gorillas, elephants and countless monkeys, our Spartan safari was highlighted by watching the sea lion and penguin feedings, as well as a couple of “wrestling” turtles that caused quite a commotion!
With nearly perfect weather for a day full of animal antics, Spartans young and old enjoyed a fantastic zoo experience.