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34th Anniversary of the Central Park Zoo August 7, 2022

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 Tomorrow is the 34th anniversary of the Central Park Zoo. I am happy to say I have been associated with the zoo for the past 32 of those 34 years (that is probably how I know most of you). Thought I would share some photos of our wonderful animals both past and present. See how many you recognize. The zoo began in the 1860s as a menagerie. The zoo or menagerie (as it was called) started inside and around the Arsenal (built in 1848 – which now houses our WCS administrative offices and the NYC Parks Dept). The zoo was modified in 1934 as part of the WPA with the addition of many new buildings arranged in a quadrangle around the sea lion pool. In a contract with NYC, the zoo was completely renovated in the mid-1980s and with much fanfare, reopened on August 8th, 1988, replacing the old-fashioned cages with naturalistic environments. Check out some great photos from the early days of the zoo. https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/history/zoos/central-park-zoo. Come visit us soon and a very Happy Anniversary!

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1. Irina - August 7, 2022

So much fun for all ages and all seasons. I hope everyone is surviving the heat

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judylobo - August 7, 2022

It has been a heck of a hot summer. Fall cannot come soon enough for me.

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2. Elaine Charney - August 7, 2022

Thanks Judy. So many old friends. These made me so happy.

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judylobo - August 7, 2022

Glad to make you smile.

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3. Saima Huq - August 7, 2022

❤️❤️❤️

So beautiful!

I miss Bedrock.

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judylobo - August 7, 2022

He was a CPZ star!

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4. Joe Badalamente - August 7, 2022

Very nice, Judy! I met my wife in August of 1988, and now that I have also been an employee of the zoo, I’ll always remember to keep its anniversary in mind while celebrating with her! And in 1988 I was NYPD assigned to Central Park! I think…older I get its difficult to remember if things happened to me or I read them in a novel!

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judylobo - August 7, 2022

I totally understand that!

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5. Mary Radice - August 7, 2022

Oh so beautiful – great pics for the anniversary! Thanks Judy…..
And just wanted to mention I’ve heard that with this heat wave
bees are taking action….yep they’re taking off their yellow jackets! 🙂

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judylobo - August 7, 2022

LOL

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6. harb43 - August 7, 2022

Fantastic memories, Judy …. thanks! But ??? no red panda? xoxo

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judylobo - August 7, 2022

Oops – my bad. An oversight

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harb43 - August 7, 2022

Perhaps you will do a whole week of the little sweethearts?

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7. fotobuff14 - August 8, 2022

Absolutely beautiful collection of animal photos. Thanks for sharing Judy.

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