The Wildlife Conservation Society offers magnificent venues that cater to all types of events. All event proceeds help support the WCS’s mission to help save wildlife and wild places around the globe.
THE CENTRAL PARK ZOO
This tranquil oasis in the heart of Manhattan is one of the most idyllic locations in New York City. Whether sipping cocktails as sea lions glide gracefully through the water or strolling through lush gardens taking in the elegant architecture, you and your guests will be inspired by the exotic wildlife and breathtaking city skyline views.
A unique, outdoor event space that is perfect for both cocktail receptions and seated dinners. This open space has the flexibility to accommodate a variety of event layouts. A nearly 200’ long, clear-top seasonal tent is included in the site fee, with options to add-on connecting tents for those events with larger guest counts; up to 700-seated. The moss-covered colonnades also provide for additional covered space, as well as a tranquil backdrop to any photo. Exclusive access to exhibits are available, based on sunset times. The Central Park Zoo is much more than just a zoo, it’s a premiere event location! Capacity: 2,000 Guests for Reception, 700 Guests for Seated Dinner
THE PROSPECT PARK ZOO
Established in the late 1800s with a small menagerie of animals, this eleven-acre habitat opened to the public in 1935 and has grown to be home to almost 400 animals comprising 82 species. Wander through the lush, winding path of the Discovery Trail greeted by red pandas, otters, prairie dogs, and kangaroos. Have dinner under the grand architecture of the rotunda just steps away from the Hamadryas Baboons. Enjoy cocktails and hors ‘d oeuvres under the stars. Capacity: 1,200 Guests for Reception, 900 Guests for Seated Dinner.
THE QUEENS ZOO
Nestled in Flushing Meadows Park, amongst prominent locales such as the Tennis Center and Citifield, is an 11-acre zoo that opened in 1968. Home to animals native to the Americas, you will feel transported to majestic areas such as the Great Plains, the rocky California coast, or a Northeastern forest. Because this zoo attracts native wildlife as well, it has become a highly coveted bird-watching site. Beautiful artwork such as the famous Gates of Life, ornamental bronze gates that depict mammals, birds, marine life, and plants, lines the pathway. Capacity: 1,500 Guests for Reception, 800 Guests for Seated Dinner