By Jennifer R Jones | Posted on December 05, 2009 11:30 AM
Who says that people should get all the goodies around the holidays? Well, that’s not the case at New York City’s Central Park Zoo. For the next three weekends (Dec. 5-6; 12-13; 19-20) the animals are the ones getting the treats at the “Wild Holiday Party: Presents to the Animals” event. Not surprisingly, the treats in this case are of the edible variety. The polar bears, of course, top the list of must-sees: Gus and Ida (yup, those are their names) get goodies like frozen "Fishsicles" (yum!) peanut-butter-covered balls, and turkey legs (just like Disney World!) You can see them getting their gifts at 1:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. The snow monkeys also get their due. You know how much fun it is for kids–or anyone, really--to rip off the wrappings from presents? Well, in the same spirit, they get to un-decorate trees decked out with oranges, apples and cranberries. (10:15 am; Saturday and Sunday). Head over to one of the newest zoo acquisitions--the snow leopards—to see Zoë, Bob, and Chocolate receive their feline feast (10:30 am; Saturday and Sunday), while over at the Red Panda area, bamboo delicacies top their gift list (1:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday). The Central Park Zoo is located is 64th Street and Fifth Avenue; call (212) 439-6500 for more information. While you’re there, of course, don’t forget to check out the Children’s Zoo and the ever-amazing penguins---there may not be giant turkey legs, but you'll still have a great time.