Brooklyn's Backyard: Prospect Park Zoo

A few months ago I shared one of my favorite buildings, the boathouse in Prospect Park. We arrived to early to go inside, we decided to take a detour and visit the zoo.
I knew it had been renovated and gets good reviews but haven't been inside for ages so I wasn't sure what to expect. I can confirm its completely adorable - perfect for the young and young at heart. Well designed, compact enough for little feet but with enough interesting animals.

The entrance had a huge wire sculpture of a dinosaur... PPZoo3

that just happened to have a nest of baby birds inside. Not sure if that was planted or happened by accident but it was fitting.PPZoo4

Am I the only person who thought a black swan was purely a economical theory term? Evidently not.


There is a great little seal feeding show they do multiple times a day. All the kids loved it.


They have an indoor "monkey" house that has a collection of small animals that totally won my heart. It was really dark in there and the animals were behind glass so I didn't take any photos but there were a pair of Pallas cats that I just wanted to take home with me.

And the highlight of cuteness was a red panda that appeared to just be waiting for me to arrive. We stared at this thing for entirely too long. And then at some point he stuck his tongue out of at us as if to say 'yea, im even cuter this way. deal with it.' I was just completely enthralled with its cuddliness. (Is that a word?) I'm fairly certain the only thing that could be more adorable than a red panda is a baby red panda. I will have to find one to do some scientific comparisons.


This zoo brought out the true juvenile in me. So much so that I was compelled to make this for your viewing pleasure.


I dare you not to fall in love with him!

So that was our detour to the Prospect Park Zoo. The most darling area in Brooklyn by far.

If you want to see some more of my fine borough, you can check out some of my prior posts here or read my one day tourist's guide to Brooklyn.


  1. Thanks for sharing! I am sad to say I don't see me visiting your area anytime soon so I enjoy learning from you what great sites you have there. And how clever of you to make that adorable creatures tongue stick out! *hugs from Conroe, TX!

  2. oh..that picture, too cute for words

  3. I thought I was seeing things at first when I saw his cute little tongue sticking out. Great photos!

  4. Anonymous9:55 AM

    We just went Sunday to our Milwaukee zoo on Sunday for my company's annual picnic. I tell ya, it never gets old. For the first time ever (and I will be 45 tomorrow) I saw the kangaroos hopping. And they have 2 babies....we only saw one's face the other was feeding. We also saw a red panda (smaller than the one pictured) who just walking past us and stuck his head in a corner and stayed there! Glad you had a good time!

  5. Anonymous10:55 AM

    Adorable picture! Just fyi, black swans are common in Australia.

  6. Hah! That little panda is absolutely adorable! We live about 10 minutes from a Boston area zoo, and last summer the hubs and I spent an afternoon there. Your zoo definitely looks better - at least through your camera lens!

  7. Anonymous12:08 PM

    Um...the red panda is absolutely adorable! Sounds/looks like you had a great time!

    Jana Marie

  8. What beautiful photographs! I'm especially loving that last one with him sticking his little tongue out! ADORABLE!

  9. Despite growing up on Staten Island and working at the Staten Island Zoo for years ( I ran the pony track!) ... I have never been to the Prospect Park Zoo. Love that face!..

  10. I'm a zoo freak...I try to visit as many as possible when I'm on business trips. My favorite was getting to the Memphis zoo when they opened (turned off the highway on a whim) and I got to watch the pandas eat their breakfast without anyone around. It was great.

    Another time, we went to the National Zoo for a late night event and spent about an hour watching their sloth, who we had never seen awake. It was amazing!

    I agree that red pandas are adorable. The pair at the National Zoo make eye contact and come close to inspect people. Maybe they are social animals?

  11. Love that little guy sticking his tongue out!

  12. Wow - thanks so much for the great review and really nice photos. I like to tell people we train our animals to take great photos but some of them are natural hams (or America's next top model). The "dinosaur" statue is a chameleon and the robin family was an act of nature - pretty great. Thanks for visiting and we hope you visit again soon! - Cheers, Denise McClean, Director, PPZ

  13. Gorgeous~gorgeous~gorgeous photos! I had to do a second take when I saw the little tongue stick out! SOOO ADORABLE! lol..

  14. Ah, a cameleon! That makes a lot more sense than a dinosaur. (I was wondering about why a zoo would put in a dino statue but I figured it was a kids pleaser. Now that you say it, its obviously a lizard.)

  15. Everyone has been telling us to go to the Cincinnati Zoo and I think after seeing your adorable pictures of all the animals, we will:)

  16. Man, now I want to go to the zoo! Love the pic--looks like you had a great time!

  17. Anonymous6:07 PM

    Aren't red pandas a-dor-able? According to cute overload they're the cutest animal on the planet!
    And speaking of cute overload, your baby red panda wish has been granted...

  18. I never saw a red panda. Great pics!!!

  19. awesome shots. i'm a bk native. most people don't realize where we live :-)

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  20. I am new to your blog and love it. Thanks so much for sharing your pictures. I really enjoyed them.


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