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Prospect Park Zoo Opens New Discovery Center

Calling all aspiring veterinarians, scientists, and young naturalists! At the Prospect Park Zoo’s new interactive Discovery Center, we’re looking for volunteer vets to examine our animal puppets, and field detectives to help trace clues about wildlife.

Open from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. every weekend, the Discovery Center is made up of various learning stations where children can hone their science skills with the same tools that the experts use. Visitors can peer through a microscope lens, try on a pair of butterfly wings, and explore the zoo’s living laboratory. The following are only some of the featured stations:

  • Zoo Vet Center: Children can conduct check-ups on animal puppets on a real veterinary table complete with microscopes, light tables, radiograph images, and other tools. Scrubs are provided, but not mandatory!
  • Amazing Arthropods: Check out a live crawfish, tarantula, and barn spider at this creepy-crawly learning station. Children can weave their own web, play a classification game, and look at interesting biofacts.
  • Young Naturalist: Equipped with bird feeders, compost bins, and a variety of scrubs, this station teaches kids how to look for animal signs, read field guides, and use binoculars to study wildlife right in their own backyard.
  • The Scoop on Poop: Otherwise known as “scat” in the Zoo world, poop is an important clue that scientists use to track animals and learn about their ecology. Here, children can match different kinds of scat with the animals who deposit it.

For more weekend entertainment at the zoo, don’t miss our live animal encounters, held in the theater at 12:00, 12:30, 2:30, and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Rotating animal guests who enjoy the spotlight include a ball python, chinchilla, blue-tongued skink, rooster, rabbit, tarantula, ferret, mud turtle, Egyptian tortoise, and tomato frog.

The Discovery Center is also open by reservation to groups during the week. Call 718-399-7327 for more information or to make a reservation.


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