A few weeks ago I took my youngest niece and my daughter to The Bronx Zoo to check out the Dinosaur Safari. My niece is almost 3 and terrified of dinos, but once she sat on the hayride-looking tractor which took us to see the dinos, she changed her mind. She asks all the time to take her back to see the exhibit, and lucky for us the Bronx Zoo has decided to extend the Dinosaur Safari through November 3rd! There are over 20 animatronic creatures that roar, hiss, and even spit water! You can find out more about the Dinosaur Safari and even get a discount by visiting Bronx Zoo Discounts
Check out what you can expect to see at the Bronx Zoo this weekend:
September 7th & 8th Jump on the Bandwagon and come hear Kindie Award winning children’s musical artist Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights celebrate animals and dinosaurs. One of NYC’s favorite kindie rock acts, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, is ready to rock out in celebration of dinosaurs! Joanie will present three rocking, dinosaur-themed family shows at 11:30 a.m., 1:30, and 3:30 p.m. Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights’ shows will be high energy, interactive experiences from start to finish, showcasing an assortment of dinosaur songs, several of which Joanie will write especially for these performances! Joanie and the band will also perform an array of animal tunes from their award-winning album, What A Zoo!, along with songs from their newest release, Bandwagon. Kids will move like crazy during Joanie’s “Freeze Dance” song, and she’ll have prizes for all the awesome dancers. On “Wimoweh” Joanie and the band will encourage kids to pretend to sleep and then startle their grown-ups when they ROAR! like lions. “Blast Off,” one of Joanie’s most requested and rowdiest tunes, gives kids a chance to practice counting down from 10 backwards and then jumping as high as they can when everyone says “BLAST OFF!” On “Mosquitoes,” kids won’t even realize they’re learning to clap to the beats when they join Joanie in trying to “get ‘em!”
And when you head to the Bronx zoo, be sure to check out the new Indian rhino calf, born to parents Penny and Sanjay. She made her debut on the Wild Asia monorail a few weeks ago and weighed 120 pounds at birth! Can you believe she will reach about 4,000 pounds as she enters adulthood?
This birth is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program designed to maintain genetic diversity in zoo populations of threatened and endangered species. Because of poaching, Indian rhinos are designated as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and as “endangered” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Come see the zoo’s baby as she plays in the mud, viewable on the Asia Monorail!