WCS and NYBG Libraries, Bronx Park Postcards

This digital collection brings together postcards held by the Wildlife Conservation Society Library (which houses the archives of the Bronx Zoo) and The New York Botanical Garden’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library. These 454 postcards, which range in date from 1905 to the 1980s, depict Bronx Park's natural beauty and highlight the buildings, landscapes, and inhabitants of the two iconic institutions located on this land.

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Busy moment in the animal nursery
Back caption: A busy moment in the animal nursery / Bronx Zoo, New York City / Mrs. Helen Martini is the Bronx Zoo's foster mother to baby animals that need special care in the Animal Nursery. These are some of her special pets--three baby Jaguars and a Tiger cub that were hand-reared until they were large enough to be placed on exhibition. There is always a wild scramble at feeding time.
Carrot oil colors flamingos in the Bronx Zoo
Back caption: Carrot oil colors flamingos in the Bronx Zoo / Carrot oil has been added to the diet of Flamingos in the Bronx Zoo to insure normal red color of their feathers when the birds molt.
Case of mutual attraction in the Children's Zoo
Back caption: A case of mutual attraction in the Children's Zoo / New York Zoological Park
Front caption: Cheetah. Known also as the "hunting leopard," it is one of the world's swiftest animals and is used to hunt game in India. / New York Zoological Park
Children's Zoo entrance
Back caption: Entrance to the Children's Zoo in the Bronx Zoo, New York. Grown-ups have to duck their heads to pass under the arch; children can walk in upright.
Concourse entrance New York Zoological Park
Facing south on Fordham Road toward what is now the Fordham Road Gate
Conservatory, Bronx Park, New York
Item is a circa 2003 reproduction of an earlier postcard.
Conservatory, New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx Park, New York City
Conservatory, New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx Park, New York City. The New York Botanical Garden, in Bronx Park is open daily from 9 to 5, admission free. The conservatories contain tens of thousands of growing plants, shrubs and trees gathered from all parts of the world. The outdoor beds show many specimens of plants, trees and flowers and there are miles of walks bordered by beautiful plants and flowers.
Cuban crocodile
Back caption: Cuban Crocodile--Bronx Zoo / Today's crocodiles, alligators, and the gavial are among the largest living reptiles. Destruction of habitat and hide hunting are bringing crocodilians to the brink of extinction. The Cuban crocodile is very rare.
Dingo puppy
Back caption: New York Zoological Park (Bronx Zoo) / Dingo puppy / The Dingo is the wild dog of Australia. Another name for it is the Warrigal. The only carnivore in Australia, it was probably introduced by primitive man.
Duck-billed platypus
Back caption: New York Zoological Park (Bronx Zoo) / The duck-billed platypus / One of the great curiosities of the animal world--a mammal that lays eggs. Outside its native Australia and Tasmania, it has been exhibited only in the Bronx Zoo.
Eastern gray herons at home
Back caption: Eastern gray herons at home / Bronx Zoo, New York City / Like all herons, these gigantic birds are likely to be seen standing motionless for long periods--which is why they are so often photographed in the Bronx Zoo's Aquatic Birds House! Occasionally they indulge in "whetting" each other's bill. Their home is at the water's edge in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Ceylon.
Elephant House New York Zoological Park
The Zoo Center is located in the former Elephant House.
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Back caption: The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a dazzling Victorian Crystal Palace with four pavilions, a central palm dome, and six connecting galleries, each housing a different collection of plants.


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