i was surprised how large the zoo was and how many different animals were right there in the middle of nyc! we saw so many animals, including: sea lions, exotic tropical birds, geckos, monkeys, lemurs, penguins, puffins, grizzly bears, snow leopards, goats, alpaca, cavy, pigs, and monkeys.
while we were there, we were able to see a sea lion feeding and a penguin feeding. the sea lions had such great personalities. i loved the way they played with their trainers, just like cats! the real highlight for me was seeing the penguins! the zoo had four different types of penguins. i could not believe how friendly they were and how close we were to them. there was just a small piece of glass separating the penguins from us. i felt as if i was almost swimming right with them. i met one penguin who really took a liking to me. he kept following me wherever i moved. i really wanted to take him home with me!
one thing that really surprised me was how close we were able to get to all of the animals. i felt like i was really up close and personal with all of them which made the whole experience that much more special. some zoos keep you at such a distance. we had a great time, and i'd recommend the zoo for any age!
a tip if you go: buy your tickets in advance online to save 10% off the price of admission!