Do you want to get out this summer but don't know where to go? Make a visit to the Staten Island Zoo, located on the north shore of Staten Island, at 614 Broadway, 10310 (across the street from the Broadway YMCA). At the zoo there are a variety of animals you will get to learn about, as well as the many different programs and events available at your disposal.
Their Mission Statement:
1) To disseminate a knowledge of zoology and an appreciation of animal life.
2) To maintain a zoological garden where small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibian and tropical fish will be on display for observation and study.
3) Through local facilities readily accessible to all of Staten Island, to instill in children an understanding and appreciation of living creatures.
4) To provide lectures and facilities for group meetings devoted to the study of natural history.
A brief History:
In August 1933, the Staten Island Zoological Society was organized to create and administer a zoo located in Clarence T. Barrett Park on Staten Island, with a goal that can still be seen as their mission statement. Zoo construction began in 1933 as part of the Federal Government's works program on an eight-acre estate willed to New York City. It was then opened on June 10, 1936, and became the first zoo in the U. S. specifically devoted to an educational mandate, and still remains a vital part of the zoo today. Over the years, New York City's "biggest little Zoo" evolved to accommodate the collection and serve the visiting public. Through effective wildlife exhibitions, promotion of species conservation, educational programs and community outreach the society has become a powerful instrument for influencing and informing the public about the beauty, value and vulnerability of nature.
Throughout the summer, the zoo will be hosting a variety of events in their "Cool Zoo, Summer Series". It began in May and ranges until the end of August. With these various events, that are included with your zoo admission, it enables kids and even adults, to expand their knowledge on different animals. Next weekend, Saturday, August 6th from noon-3pm, they will be hosting an event where the public can learn about penguins while getting up close and personal. At this event people of all ages can learn about penguin biology, geography, care and feeding, and lastly conservation, all while getting to see these great creatures in the flesh. To see other events and facilities the zoo has to offer, check out their website or stop by and give it a look.