Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Week

December 26–31

Visit the zoo this holiday season to enjoy “Tropics on Ice,” an ice carving spectacular that highlights our conservation work in the Brazilian rainforests and the Amazon River Basin. Professional ice carvers will be shaping tropical-themed wildlife displays out of 50,000 pounds of ice. You can slide down a 25-foot rainforest canopy slide in our ice playground, watch our animals unwrap holiday presents, and more. Plus, don’t miss the Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Competition on December 28th.

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

Special Activities 


Tropics on Ice!
This year’s displays will pay homage to the iconic wildlife of the Amazon rainforest and the work we do to help protect it. Features include:

  • Tropical Ice Amazon River Playground
    Toss "fish" to an Amazon caiman carved in ice, plus check out pink flamingos, freshwater dolphins, and more in this "chilling" playground.

  • Tropical Canopy Ice Slide
    From a grass-roofed treehouse, this 25-foot ice slide will guide you through the tropical vegetation and wildlife of the jungle canopy.

  • Ice Throne
    The perfect icy photo op. Snap a picture of the whole family with tropical birds shaped from colored ice, plus monkeys, anacondas, and frogs. A moment you'll want to freeze forever!
Ice Sculpting Demos
Watch a sculptor transform blocks of ice into stunning, life-like animal statues. The animals will include a jaguar, giant anteater, flamingos, giant otters, and monkeys — all from the Amazon rainforest. 
Dates: Dec. 26, 27, 29, 30, 31

Arthur™ and D.W.’s™ Perfect Christmas Story Time
Enjoy story time and a special meet and greet with your favorite aardvark, Arthur™, and his little sister, D.W.™ © 2014 Marc Brown Studios
Date: Dec. 29
Time: 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm

"Salute to Wildlife" Ice Carving Competition

Ice Carvings

Master ice sculptors from up and down the east coast will compete in this wildlife-themed event. Your vote will help choose the winner! 
Date: Dec. 28

Presents to the Animals
Come watch our zoo residents enjoy holiday-themed enrichment sessions.
Dates: Dec. 26–31

Ice Age Holiday 4-D Experience
Everyone's favorite Ice Age friends embark on a holiday adventure in Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D!
Schedule: Daily, Dec. 5–Jan. 9

Crafts
Join the "Tropics on Ice" celebration by creating an Amazon animal of your own!
Dates: Dec. 26–31

Holiday Carolers

Ice Carvings

This magnificent trio of toy soldiers will sing everyone's favorite holiday carols. The choreography isn't to be missed. They're always a smash hit!
Dates: Dec. 26 and 28
Time: 12–3pm

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 1/01/15–6/30/15.

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