After seeing Madagascar, it is no doubt that many people go to the Central Park Zoo in search of Lions, Hippos, Giraffes, Zebras, and Penguins.
I knew the park was very large, but the zoo was amazingly small. It cost $8 to get in and no discount for volunteers at other zoos and took just 30 minutes to see the zoo.
I was really excited about the Polar Bears, but they were asleep. It was a very nice day in NYC, mid to upper 50s, so no wonder they were not active.
The Red Panda was sleeping in a pine tree. The penguins and puffins were behind glass in an enclosed space which made photography difficult. Okay, I will stop, basically I was shocked by the conditions. I could not believe how little space the animals had. I was thinking that the Smithsonian NZP had some small spaces, but the sealions had such a tiny space to swim in circles. Thankfully there were not too many large animals there as there was so little space.