Visitor Rules

  • The Central Park Zoo is a smoke-free park.
  • Visitors 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult chaperone at all times.
  • Do not feed our animal residents or throw things in exhibits, and stay on public paths at all times.
  • Please respect and leave untouched the plants and native wildlife around you.
  • Pets are not permitted. Guests who rely on service animals may bring them into the Zoo, provided that the animals remain properly leashed. Guests are solely responsible for the care and control of their animals.
  • Deposit trash in designated receptacles.
  • Radios, bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, balloons and selfie sticks are not permitted in the Zoo. Ball playing is also prohibited.
  • Shirts and shoes are required at all times.
  • We reserve the right to inspect packages, bags, and containers.
  • We reserve the right to escort from zoo grounds any individuals or groups who are acting in ways deemed harmful to our animals or the park, or that impinge upon the enjoyment of the park by other guests.
  • Weapons of any kind are not allowed in the Zoo.
  • The solicitation of visitors, or the selling of any items is prohibited within the Zoo, at its entrance gates, and along boundary sidewalks.
  • During your visit, you may be videotaped or photographed by a WCS employee or authorized guest. Your admission here serves as permission for use of your image by these parties.
  • Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without the express permission of WCS Public Relations. Please send your request to

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