Talk:Bronx Zoo

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Thank you[edit]

Thank you! for creating this. Vicki Rosenzweig

Poor Article[edit]

I must say that this is one of the poorest entries I've seen on Wikipidia. There's practically no history of the park beyond it's opening, and the current News section (as of June, 2008) is more of a press release than an encyclopedic essay. If there are any scholars or well informed fans of the park out there, could you please improve the article!71.249.150.113 (talk) 21:41, 26 June 2008 (UTC)


At the beginning of the article, you state that the zoo has 4,000 animals, and a sentence later, you say there are 843 animals. Do you mean 843 different species? I changed it, just in case. Nschoem 23:39, 21 May 2007 (UTC)

I checked the Bronx Zoo website. 843 refers to the number of animals the zoo had for exhibit when it first opened. I'm changing the sentence in the main article to clarify that fact. 74.139.211.114 07:10, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

Yes to all the above. Other US zoos are better covered, including Philadelphia Zoo, San Diego Zoo, and even the little San Francisco Zoo. There's also no discussion of the internal layout of exhibitions, how visitors go there and get around when they are there, or of the Zoo's relation to its neighbors and the whole city. Instead there are many pictures of birds. Good pictures, mostly, but the Commons gallery is a better place for the majority. The article should be more informative about the Zoo itself. Jim.henderson (talk) 15:36, 31 October 2008 (UTC)
Yes, I agree with the above comments! This article has little history, but does have enough space for a meaningless paragraph promoting some silly "green" bathroom project. At least Paul Manship's gate was noted, but nothing about the zoo's immense modernization makeover a few decades back (which is why I looked up this entry, to see when that was done in the first place).
Members of the Bronx Zoo Forum should be recruited to help as most are visitors going from when they were kids and would have an extensive knowledge. Sp07019 (talk) 12:45, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

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4-D Experience[edit]

The Bronx Zoo Forum says to expect the the 4-D experience to hit the Bronx Zoo as with the NY Aquarium. Sp07019 (talk) 05:31, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

History Section[edit]

Not to pile on, but this is a remarkably weak article. Just as an example, the History section has a nice paragraph about the zoo opening in 1899, and then jumps in the next paragraph to the eco-friendly toilets installed in 2006. Really? Nothing interesting happened there in the intervening 107 years? Nothing about Ota Benga, the human being who was briefly living there and on exhibit? Or when did they change the name to Bronx Zoo? I'd take a stab myself, but I haven't been to this zoo in 30+ years, and can't do it justice. Surely there are some school kids in NYC who could improve this article. Please? Lafong (talk) 04:40, 12 July 2010 (UTC)

Photos[edit]

I have placed some of the photos in the article body, and removed the rest because they will be available in Commons. This is about as many photos as an article this size can support, though there is still some space under "Conservation" and History. As the article explands, additional photos can be added from Commons. Photos should not only illustrate the subject (in this case the Bronx Zoo), but should be placed close to the points that they illustrate. Galleries (whether labeled as such or not) are discouraged per WP:Galleries now that we have Wikimedia Commons and links to it from the External links section. When adding photos to zoo article3s, keep in mind that generally we want to illustrate something about the zoo, not something about a specific animal. Closeups of animals are pretty (and seem to be about 95% of the pictures that people take at zoos) but they do not tell us anything about the zoo. Note that two of the photos I removed are also mislabeled. "Swan" is actually a duck, and "Capybara" is actually a Red River Hog. Donlammers (talk) 11:39, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

They look great! Nice job. Sp07019 (talk) 04:49, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

funding/budget[edit]

Any information on what the zoo's budget is and how it is funded? Endowment, grants, donations, tickets & merchandise, taxpayer support? Could warrant a whole (sub)section. Thanks -- InspectorTiger (talk) 00:30, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

not used in prior text[edit]

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--Frze (talk) 16:43, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done FWIW, (almost?) all of those can be found at bronxzoo.com in case we need them again at some point. Doniago (talk) 17:18, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

lack of detail especially lack of description of exhibits![edit]

I just wanted to confirm what others wrote previously. The article very much needs more information particularly on the exhibits which are described nicely in wikipedia for other large zoos. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.83.146.37 (talk) 04:25, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

Expanded significantly (18 KB) with description. – Epicgenius (talk) 01:17, 8 October 2014 (UTC)