Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Week

12/26/2013 - 12/31/2013

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
Visit the zoo this holiday season to enjoy wildlife-themed ice sculptures, an ice carving competition, and a polar bear-themed Ice Playground. Watch our animals unwrap holiday presents, make a special holiday crafts, meet costume characters, and enjoy cheerful tunes from carolers.

All events take place at Dancing Crane Pavilion unless otherwise noted.

Special Activities

Ice Displays
This year’s displays will pay homage to the iconic wildlife of Arctic Beringia and the work WCS does to help protect this area. Features include:

  • Ice Playground
    Have a seat on our ice throne, then romp around in our frozen ocean environment and take a ride on a 25 foot long polar bear-themed ice slide.

  • Giant Bowhead Whale Ice Display
    Our extraordinary ice sculptor brings these marine animals to life. Take a photo with the Giant Bowhead Whale made from 12 blocks of ice. For our smaller visitors, pose with the baby whales that are nearby. The entire iceberg environment will make for a great photo keepsake.

  • IGLOO Structure
    Stop by the igloo, or snow house, to explore and experience the homes built by our ice carver and get a feel for the life of the Inuits in Alaska.

Ice Sculpting Demos
Watch a sculptor transform blocks of ice into stunningly life-like animal statues. The animals include caribou, arctic fox, wolverine, snowy owl and more - all representing the Arctic region.
Dates: 12/26,12/27,12/29, 12/30, 12/31

"Salute to Wildlife" Ice Carving Competition
Ice Carvings
Watch master ice sculptors from around the east coast shape wildlife statues in this frosty competition. Vote for your favorite sculpture and help choose the winner! Learn about our ice sculptors >>
Date: Saturday, Dec. 28

Presents to the Animals
Watch our zoo residents play with and enjoy holiday-themed enrichment sessions.

Meet and take a photo with everyone’s favorite pig Olivia from the popular children’s book series! Free book giveaways will be available while supplies last.
Date: December 27th & 28th at 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Ice Age Double feature 4-D Experience
Follow our sub-zero heroes Manny, Ellie and Diego as they venture to a lost world of dinosaurs in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Then our favorite Ice Age friends take a holiday adventure fit for the whole family in Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D!
Schedule: Daily, through Jan. 4

Create your very own snow globe featuring an Arctic animal or make a unique craft while learning about Inuit culture.

Holiday Carolers
Ice Carvings

A magnificent trio of fully costumed toy soldiers will sing favorite Holiday Carols. They move in perfect unison and with hilarious choreography. They are a very high-energy attraction and are always a smash hit!

Holiday Toy Drive
To help New Yorkers in need, the Bronx Zoo has partnered with the Bronx Borough Presidents' office to collect new, unwrapped toys for the families of local veterans and active duty military members. For every toy you donate through December 31, we'll thank you with a free ticket to the Zoo for your next visit.*
Drop-Off Location: Zoo entrances

*Valid for up to 4 tickets per family. Tickets valid 1/01/14–6/30/14.

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