The Zoo wasn’t considered by Olmsted and Vaux and was preceded by a menagerie near the Arsenal. The menagerie was founded in 1864 and is considered the first public zoo in New York City. It evolved into a zoo with animals given (or just abandoned) in the park. The zoo that we know and love today was opened on December 2, 1934.
The Zoo is a year-round attraction and has animals from different climate areas, recreating
successfully their natural habitats. The Zoo fields a sea lion pool in its center, that has an
underwater area offer a peek to their underwater shenanigans.