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The Central Park Zoo is a small 6.5-acre (2.6 ha) zoo located in Central Park in New York City. It is part of an integrated system of four zoos and the New York Aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
The zoo began in the 1860s as a menagerie, making it the first official zoo to open in New York. The zoo was modified in 1934, with the addition of many new buildings ranged in a quadrangle around the sea lion pool. (The zoo from this era has been commonly known as the “”1934 Zoo”” or “”Robert Moses Zoo””.) Finally, the zoo was renovated in the mid-1980s and reopened in 1988, replacing the old-fashioned cages with naturalistic environments.
Minimum Work Age;Â 18 years old
Central Park Zoo Working Hours;Â Open every day: 10:00am-5:30pm
Job Positions at Central Park Zoo;Â Customer Service Representative, Administrative Assistant, Sales Associate, Maintenance Technician, 4D Theatre Associate, Admissions Associate, Assistant Merchandise Manager, Parks and Grounds Manager, Chef, Comfort Station Attendant, Butterfly Garden Associate, Congo Basin Program Manager, Curatorial Science Fellow, District Worker, Federal Affairs Associate, Graphic Specialist, Parking Attendant, Group Sales Manager, Human Resources Coordinator, Kitchen Associate, Mechanic, Marketing Promoter, Public Programming Associate, Purchasing Agent, Restaurant Maintenance Associate, Ride Associate, Porter, Shuttle Driver, Animal Keeper, Animal Trainer, Veterinary Technician, Marine Director
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From ï¬eld science and conservation policy to non-proï¬t management and park operations, career opportunities at WCS are as diverse as their work. WCS’s nearly 4,000 staff members in New York City and around the world work to change attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. If you’re talented and committed to making a difference for wildlife and wild places, would you Â you to join their efforts.
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The zoo was not part of the original “”Greensward”” design for Central Park created by Olmsted and Vaux, but a Central Park menagerie near New York’s Arsenal, on the edge of Central Park located at Fifth Avenue facing East 64th Street, spontaneously evolved in 1859 from gifts of exotic pets and other animals informally given to the Park; the original animals on display included a bear and some swans. In 1864, a formal zoo received charter confirmation from New York’s assembly, making it the United States’s second publicly owned zoo, after the Philadelphia Zoo, which was founded in 1859. The new zoo was given permanent quarters behind the Arsenal building in 1875.
In 1934, to properly house the zoo, neo-Georgian brick and limestone zoo buildings ranged in a quadrangle round the sea lion pool were designed by Aymar Embury II, architect for the Triborough Bridge and the Henry Hudson Bridge (WPA Guide). The famous sea lion pool itself was originally designed by Charles Schmieder. For its day the sea lion pool was considered advanced because the architect actually studied the habits of sea lions and incorporated this knowledge into the design.
The zoo’s original Children’s Zoo opened in 1961, funded largely in part by Senator Herbert Lehman and his wife Edith. The children’s zoo featured attractions like a petting area with ducks, rabbits, and chickens; a large fiberglass whale statue dubbed “”Whaley”” (which acted as the entrance to the small zoo); a Noah’s Ark feature; and a medieval castle feature.
By 1980, the zoo, like Central Park itself, was dilapidated; in that year, responsibility for its management was assumed by the New York Zoological Society (renamed the Wildlife Conservation Society in 1993). The zoo was closed in the winter of 1983, and demolition began. The redesign of 1983â€“88 was executed by the architectural firm of Kevin Roche, Dinkeloo. The facility’s old-fashioned menagerie cages were replaced with more naturalistic exhibits. The zoo reopened to the public on August 8, 1988.The newly renovated zoo had originally been planned to reopen in 1985 at a cost of $14 million; however, the project saw troubled times that delayed the opening for three years. Some of the original buildings, with their low-relief limestone panels of animals, were reused in the redesigning, though the cramped outdoor cages were demolished. Most of the large animals were rehoused in larger, more natural spaces at the Bronx Zoo. The central feature of the original zoo, ranged round the sea lion pool, was retained and the pool redesigned. Since its modernization, the Central Park Zoo, originally available to parkgoers free of charge, charges admission to its enclosed precincts. The Dancing Crane Cafe, however, is still accessible from Central Park itself.
With the help of a $4.5 million grant from businessman Laurence A. Tisch, the Children’s Zoo was renovated and renamed the Tisch Children’s Zoo in 1997. In 2009, the Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard Exhibit opened, housing three snow leopards from the Bronx Zoo.