Not long ago, I was excited to discover several vintage postcards from the New York Zoological Park in a 900 postcard lot I’d just bought. This excitement was because I’d recently become a member of the Minnesota Zoo. I go to this zoo to relax, while watching frolicking baby otters, sleepy Red Pandas (very cute), darling Prairie Dogs, endangered Amur Tigers and Leopards (they have such BIG paws), and other animals up close.
My membership in the Minnesota Zoo helps support these wonderful animals and the zoo’s conservation efforts. In the 1880s, Fordham University sold most of the land another zoo sits on for $1000 to the City of New York on condition it be used for a zoo and garden. This led to the formation of the New York Zoological Society in 1895 (WCS), one of the first conservation organizations in the U.S.
The Bronx Zoo
The New York Zoological Society’s wildlife conservation efforts led to the opening of the Bronx Zoo (originally called the New York Zoological Park) in November, 1899 featuring 843 animals in 22 exhibits.
Over the next five days, I will be featuring vintage postcards of animals exhibited at the New York Zoological Park (Bronx Zoo). Be sure to come back each day to find out which of this zoo’s 843 animals on postcards I’ve posted.