Astor Court and Sea Lion Pool
At the heart of the park, bark hello to the sea lions, tour Zoo Center, and take a trip back in time to the Zoo’s earliest days. Built at the turn of the 20th century, Astor Court’s Beaux-Arts buildings are New York City landmarks.
Big bears deserve their big reputations! Our charismatic brown bears patrol a high ridge of natural rock, splash about in swimming holes, and nap in cozy dens. The polar bears love a dip in the pool—especially when it’s frozen.
Transport yourself to the tropics! Inside our Asian jungle, the warm air is just right for otters, gibbons, and a tapir, among nearly 800 other critters that live in mangroves and beaches, sharing their homes just as they would in the wild.
Leaping lemurs! Hissing cockroaches! Cave-dwelling crocs! Meet one-of-a-kind wildlife from the world’s fourth largest island. Towering baobobs and octopus trees, forested deserts, and other enchanting habitats will transport you there.
Go nose-to-nose with Siberian tigers on a woodland that recreates the Russian Far East. In this showcase of the Zoo’s animal enrichment program, discover how training, toys, and foraging games help the big cats stay fit and stimulated.