With its anteater’s tongue, piggish snout, and bear-like claws, the aardvark draws many easy comparisons. Its name means “earth pig” in the Afrikaans language, and it has also been called the “ant bear.” However, the aardvark is neither anteater, nor pig, nor bear. It is the only species within its order, Tubulidentata.

African Wild Dog

African wild dogs are also known as "Cape hunting dogs" or “painted dogs” for their unique mottled coats. These highly social animals share some qualities with domestic dogs, wolves, and other canines, but are not closely related to our four-legged best friends. In fact, they are in a distinct genus from domestic dogs and wolves.


Asian Elephant

As the largest land animal, elephants come in two types: African and Asian. Asian elephants have smaller ears and only one “finger” at the end of their trunks. The trunk is actually the elephant’s nose, which it uses like a hand and a straw, inserting food and squirting water into its mouth.


American Bison

The American bison, or buffalo, is a national icon and the largest land mammal in North America. Millions of bison once roamed great distances across the continent. But over-hunting reduced the population to fewer than 1,000 individuals by the end of the 19th century. Since the founding of the American Bison Society at the Bronx Zoo in 1905, the species has been the subject of a great—if still incomplete—conservation success story.

Ringtail Lemur

Ring-tailed Lemur

Lemurs are a type of primate—the order that includes monkeys, apes, and humans—found exclusively in Madagascar. With its long and fluffy, black-and-white banded tail and its impressive variety of calls, the ring-tailed lemur is easy to spot—and hear—in its spiny forest home.

Ringtail Mongoose

Ring-tailed Mongoose

Ring-tailed mongooses are the most widely distributed and abundant of the five species of Malagasy mongooses. These petite carnivores have raccoon-like tails, broad feet with large pads, and long, lean bodies that make them agile tree-climbers.

Snow Leopards

Snow Leopard

Graceful and agile, this rare mountain-loving leopard has plush gray or tawny fur with dark ringed spots—the thickest coat of any big cat. The snow leopard is one of five species of big cats. The other four species are the tiger, lion, leopard, and jaguar.



Revered for its beauty and vitality, the tiger is a symbol of strength throughout Asia. Tigers are the largest of the five species of big cats. The other four species are the lion, leopard, jaguar, and snow leopard. The Bronx Zoo has two subspecies of this striped cat on exhibit: the Amur (Siberian) tiger and the Malayan tiger.