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“Little Zoo packs a big punch”
Review of Seneca Park Zoo

Seneca Park Zoo
Ranked #7 of 148 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Seneca Park Zoo inspires our community to connect, care for, and conserve wildlife and wild places.
Reviewed March 7, 2013

No its not the Bronx zoo, but why expect that? It is a charming well caring for zoo! Tons of animals that I did not expect! Who thinks Rhino's like snow? Well here they do we saw them playing in deep snow. All the animals are very easily seen, up close and personal. You can almost reach out a touch them. Some have glass so you can be nose to nose with Lions and Baboons. My son had great interactions with both the lions and Baboons. He is 13 and still had a great time. There are monkeys, apes, wolves, lions, elephants, rhino, ottars, sea lions, polar bears, bald eagles, mer cats etc.... plus more. Great for little ones because it is not huge. If you are in the area and love animals its a must!

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

If you're coming to this zoo with the expectations of San Diego or Bronx Zoo, you have come to the wrong place. Not that I think many would expect Rochester, NY to have such a big zoo in its city. However, this is a perfect place for families, especially those with younger children, who want a quick visit to view animal favorites.

The zoo almost is in reverse with modern exhibits; newest ones in the back, oldest one in the front. That being said, you first start off with the main building. On one side is cages for the guinea fowl and a bigger one for snow leopards. The other side features a small ones for owls/hawks and the bigger ones for primates/apes (orangutan, ring tailed lemur, spider monkey, white handed gibbon). There's also an exhibit for American alligator (seasonal). None of these are very updated, but it is nice all these animals have access to the outdoors. The main building has terrariums for reptiles/amphibians, an indoor aviary, and exhibits for mammals. The most updated was an interspecies exhibit that features South American animals like sloth, golden lion tamarian, pied tamarin, acouchi, etc. This exhibit was filled with natural substrate to make it more natural looking. There are also exhibits for kinajou, king vulture, ocelot, and white rhino. On the other side are indoor exhibits for orangutan, ring tailed lemur, spider monkey, white handed gibbon, and meerkat. The white rhinos also have an outdoor exhibit that is average for two rhinos, but they could still use more room.

Up next is Genesee Trails. This features a stream away with injured bald eagles, Canadian geese, and local birds. There is a wading area for kids to cool off in the summer, along with a playground across the path. The ecostation has exhibits for the North American river otter, reticulated python, sturgeon, radiated tortotise, American bullfrog, etc.

The Z.O.T. (zoo veternarians of tomorrow) Center is next and has a play area for children to operate on stuff animals.

The middle area isn't really themed, but I guess you could say it belongs to the carnivores. You have lush exhibits for the spotted hyena and Mexican wolf on one side, and Amur tiger on the other side. At the end of this area is an empty exhibit that used to house cougar, and in the summer of this year, snow leopard.

Rocky Coasts is a nice area that was built in the late 1990's. The African black footed penguin exhibit was recently renovated with a new filtration system and design layout that encourages the birds to swim more in the water. Across from them is an exhibit for the sandhill crane. Rows of seating are situated in front of the sea lion exhibit for weekly shows during the summer. The polar bear exhibit is next and is a modern day grotto that could use more natural substrate like dirt and grass. Some trees could be cut back for more visibility for guests. However, guests are able to walk around the exhibit providing different vantage points. Both the sea lions and polar bears have an in door area that provides access to underwater viewing!

A Step Into African has completed its final phase introducing lions, who have been missing from the zoo collection for many years. Cutouts of a tour guide and African crown crane lead you on an adventure to explore this area. The entrance gives you an overview of the exhibit down below, resembling the Ngorongoro crater that it's modeled after. There is a small Masaai village with a hut with artifacts and a small video showing the every day life. A small fenced area is for goats (seasonal). A restaurant is also in this area with outdoor seating. The lions have tall windows for visitors to view into their exhibit. Heated/cooled rockwork is installed by the windows to entice the lions to come closer. This area also feature a double decker bus visitors can go into with the hood of the car in the actual lion exhibit. There is a digging zone and small exhibit for Olive baboons. The African elephants are the final animals featured with two infamous females, Genny C. and Lilac. The outdoor exhibit, as well as the barn, was recently reconfigured to separate the elephants, if needed, which will come handy in the future. In a few years, all zoos accredited by the AZA must have at least three elephants.

The zoo is on a limited area of space that cannot expand past its current barriers. Despite this, the zoo has continued to make small upgrades to exhibits and added new animals to their collection. In the future, the main building will be demolished a modern exhibit will be put in its place. It is excited to wait to see what the future will hold for the zoo.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Family atmosphere and great for kids! Easy highway access and close to other attractions and restaurants.

Thank Carlos E A
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Seneca Park Zoo has been around in the Rochester area for quite awhile. It is one of the leading zoos in the country that has breeding program for animals to keep from extinction. In economic downtimes, I hope we continue to support the funding for this zoo. They have done a tremendous job keeping everyone informed about animal life

Thank Helena W
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Bring your stroller - there's a lot of ground to cover if you have little ones. The animals are visible and there are indoor areas to sit and observe for a bit

Thank Janina M
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