To wrap up the series on the zoo, here are some examples of the architecture and sculptures found around the zoo. Not so much the exhibits and showcases such as the Congo, but more the actual buildings and artwork. For a bit of history, the main/old section of the zoo was built and designed by architecture firm Heins & LaFarge – who are also known for part of the Cathedral of St John the Divine (see earlier entries for more on the cathedral).
The Asia Gate brings you along this recreated statue that you can walk directly under.
Even in the Congo, there are benches for sitting that fit in with the simulated environment.
You have to look closely at all the buildings to see the sculpture details of animal heads.
Elephants on the main Zoo Center keep an eye on all.
Look at all the intricate detail here.
The old lion house, now Madagascar.
Guarding the back of the lion house (I think it’s the animal handlers entrance now).
On top of the old bird house, what is now admin offices.
Somebody needs to do some yard work around the Center for Global Conservatism. I thought it was an abandoned building until I saw employees go in it.
Detail of the gate.
More detail of the gate.
The fountain entrance/Fordham Road.
The duck at the top of the fountain.
The full fountain.
Would you like a giant fish?
A further shot of the entrance from the fountain.
The mountain lion statue.
This one looks comfier on its rock.
The admin building looks very nice with the garden and sculpture in front of it.
Not at all attempting to frighten small children as they walk by.
An eagle statue in front of the education building.
Detail on the reptile house.
In Asia, where the kid shows are put on. Sadly there was no show the day I was there for them.
Details of a planter by the monorail.
More monkey relief carving.
Some nice artwork to see while waiting on line for the monorail.
Next week: A peek inside the AMNH.