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There's plenty of zoos where one can walk on the wild side in all five boroughs.

The following is a listing of zoos in the the city:

The Bronx Zoo
Bronx River Parkway, at Fordham Road
718-220-5100
The best and biggest of New York City's zoos, the Bronx Zoo has more than 4,000 animals. Be sure to visit the Congo Gorilla Forest, the Himalayan Highlands Habitat and the indoor Asian rain forest.

Central Park Zoo
830 Fifth Avenue (at 64th Street)
212-439-6500
Spend an hour or an afternoon experiencing the 6.5- acre zoo and its more than 130 species, from huge polar bears to tiny birds. And just down the path from the zoo, you can feed the creatures at the Tisch Children's petting zoo.

Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway
718-442-3174
This small urban zoo, on eight acres of manicured lawns known as Barrett Park, contains a menagerie of 443 animals representing 206 species -- from monkeys and ocelots to birds, badgers, otters and prairie dogs. The zoo is reknowned for its collection of reptiles and a large community of bats including vampire bats. It has an aquarium containing 70 species and a children's zoo where youngsters can feed animals and participate in other educational activities.

Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street
718-271-1500
The Queens Zoo had only existed since 1968. Of special note are both the structures and inhabitants. The aviary is in fact a geodesic dome, designed by Buckminster Fuller and used in the 1964 World's Fair in Queens. And the zoo's animal residents include "Otis," the famous coyote rescued in Manhattan's Central Park in 1999.

Prospect Park Zoo
Prospect Park at Flatbush Avenue
718-399-7339
Brooklyn's zoo in Prospect Park has three major exhibit areas, which were designed to engage children. They are The World of Animals, Animal Lifestyles, and Animals in Our Lives. In the World of Animals, youngsters can meet prairie dogs nose-to-nose and walk among wallabies.

New York Aquarium
801 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn
718-265-3474
Situated on 14 acres by the sea in Coney Island, the New York Aquarium is home to over 350 species.

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