Though a glimpse of the standard neighborhood squirrel may be rare, New York urbanites are accustomed to wildlife of a different kind -- crazy tourists, rats in the subway, anybody roaming the Meatpacking District after 11pm on a weekend night.
So, like any diverse city, we import the creatures we can't observe in the wild. New York may be best known for the Bronx Zoo, but for those who don't want to trek uptown there's another zoo in town, in our beloved Central Park.
The Central Park Zoo, open daily from 10am-4:30pm, is home to an array of furry friends like adorable snow monkeys and gorgeous snow leopards.
For $12 or less, if you're looking to do something other than shopping on a weekend afternoon, it's worth a trip.