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Eat breakfast with tigers, penguins and more at NYC's zoos

Breakfast with the Animals is back!
Bronx ZooJulie Larsen Maher

Start your day off by hanging out with penguins and tigers at Breakfast with the Animals.

The Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the city’s animal attractions, is kicking off its fall breakfast series beginning Oct. 23. Get entry to the attractions before they open to the public and enjoy a light continental-style meal (bagels, fruit, coffee and juice) next to some of the most popular exhibits. Staff will be feeding the animals at the same time while chatting and taking questions about them.

The ticket price includes one adult and one child, with some events having kid-friendly flairs like puppetry from an actor-instructor team at Central Park Zoo’s penguin habitat and touring the kitchen where the Prospect Park Zoo baboons’ meals are prepared. Some sessions, however, are for adults only, where the talks and activities will not be suitable for those who think Winnie the Pooh is an accurate representation of bears.

After breakfast, visitors are welcome to stay and tour the rest of the zoo. For tickets, contact the individual zoos.


Bronx Zoo
Waking up with Big Cats (Oct. 23, 9-10:30 a.m., $65, $50 members)
Breakfast with the Penguins (Dec. 3, 9-10:30 a.m. $65, $50 members)

Central Park Zoo
Breakfast with the Bears (Dec. 3, 8:30-10:30 a.m., adults only, $50, $40 members)
Breakfast with the Penguins (Dec. 17, 8:30-10 a.m. $50, $40 members)
Breakfast with the Birds (Dc. 20, 8:30-10:30 a.m., adults only, $50, $40 members)

Prospect Park Zoo
Breakfast with the Baboons (Nov. 12, 8:30-10 a.m. ages 4 and up, $50, $40 members)

New York Aquarium
Breakfast with the Penguins (Nov. 12, 9-10:30 a.m., $45, $40 members)
Breakfast with Marine Mammals (Dec. 10, 9-10:30 a.m. $45, $40 members)