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History of the Bronx Zoo
This zoo was opened in 1889 with 843 animals and was aimed to advance zoological studies, protect wildlife, and educate visitors.
Since the late 19th century, it has grown and now hosts 650 species and more than 6,000 animals on 170 acres in the Bronx.
The Bronx Zoo was one of the first zoos in North America to place animals in natural settings rather than in cages, which allowed them to mix species, while putting them in an environment similar to the one they came from. However, there are separations to avoid predators and potential prey that will coexist, such as ditches or fences. However, for aesthetic reasons, these boundaries are not always visible.