NEW YORK—Baby giant pandas, rare okapis, and scarlet ibises are some of the animals that are featured on 450 historical postcards—dating from 1903 to the 1980s—that are now available online.
The New York Botanical Garden and Wildlife Conservation Society published the digital Bronx Park Postcard Collection to preserve the history of Bronx Park.
Many of the historical postcards were donations, and feature aspects of the park’s landscape and iconic structures, in addition to the zoo animals. A 1908 colored photograph shows the interior of the New York Zoological Park’s flying cage, filled with flamingos and other birds. An undated black and white photograph depicts the walkway around the conservatories.
“These postcards are a gateway to our past and they provide insight into our history,” said Jim Breheny, director of the Bronx Zoo in a release. “This is a great way for the public to learn more about the evolution of the Bronx Zoo and the Bronx Park.”
Bronx Park was formally created by the city of New York in the late 1880s, inspired by the urban park movement. The city allotted 250 acres of the park to the New York Botanical Garden in 1891, and in 1897 allotted another 250 acres for the creation of what is today called the Bronx Zoo. Today, the park spans 718 acres.
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