Friday, November 25, 2011

Queens Zoo

I lived in NYC most of my life, and have been a member of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the city zoos and aquarium, for years as well, but up until this month, I had never set foot in the Queens Zoo. (That probably has something to do with the fact that people from Brooklyn, like me, tend to view Queens as a strange planet. The street naming scheme, which includes avenues, streets, places and roads all bearing the same numerical designations, makes a Brooklynite cringe... Anyway...)

Well, I have to say, it was very much worth the trip. Queens Zoo is unique among the city's wildlife parks in its emphasis on the animals of North and South America. It was fascinating to watch mountain lions romping and engaging in playful hunt-like behavior, and the Andean bears were quite amusing. Mikro especially enjoyed the aviary, and the Pudu, the petite deer. (And yes, before we left, all three of us were under the strange compulsion to make a Bantha Pudu remark... Cross generational geekiness at its finest...)

And speaking of Sci Fi references, there is of course, this nearby landmark, featured in Men in Black:

No comments: