Bronx, NY –– The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is preparing for the opening of the annual Boo at the Zoo and is inviting media to a special preview before the festivities open to the public.

A dress-rehearsal for two of this year’s attractions, the new Haunted Safari and the Haunted Hayride, will be open to the media from 10am – 2pm on Thursday, October 8.

Who:             Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo

What:           Boo at the Zoo Media Preview

                     Haunted Safari and Haunted Hayride

Where:       WCS’s Bronx Zoo

                     2300 Southern Blvd.

                     Bronx, NY

When:         Thursday, October 8, 2009

                     10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Boo at the Zoo weekends are open to the public the weekends of October 10/12, 17/18, 24/25 and 31/1 and are packed with activities and festive fun for all ages.  In addition to the new Haunted Safari and Haunted Hayride, visitors will enjoy wildlife magic shows, unique, exotically designed pumpkin carving demonstrations, musical entertainment, recycled wildlife costume making, trick or treats, a hay maze, and the Wildlife Theater Presentation of It’s a Wonderful Niche.

MEDIA NOTE: Members of the media who wish to attend the Boo at the Zoo preview are asked to call ahead so that park transportation can be arranged.  Parking will be reserved at Rainey Gate off of Fordham Rd.

Directions to the WCS’s Bronx Zoo - Rainey Gate

From Manhattan:

Take the Triborough or Willis Avenue Bridge to the Bruckner Expressway East.

Take the Bronx River Parkway North to Exit 7W (Fordham Rd.)

Take the first ramp on your right (in front of the New York Botanical Garden).

Turn left at the light (on the corner by Fordham University) and left again back onto Fordham Rd.

Turn right at the blinking light into Rainey Gate. This is a big, ornate gate with animals on it.



Max Pulsinelli:  (o) 718-220-5182 (m) 571-218-7601;
Steve Fairchild: (o) 718-220-5189 (m) 914-263-8179;

The Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays through November 2, 2009. Adult admission is $15, children (3-12 years old) $11, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $13. Parking is $12 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit or call 718-367-1010.

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide.  We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo.  Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony.  WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.