When was the last time you visited the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park?  The season is now underway with a great schedule of events that keep Southern Tier families interested in this historic destination.

First, a little history. The zoo officially opened in 1875, and it is the fifth oldest zoological institution in the country behind such communities as Philadelphia, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Buffalo. We are so fortunate to have such an interesting zoo with so much history.

A wealthy businessman, Erastus Ross, who stipulated that the land was to be used as a park for all the community to enjoy, donated the 90-acre plot to the city of Binghamton. The first electric-run trolleys in Binghamton were in 1887, and a line running up Park Avenue by way of the old Washington Bridge created easy access to the park.

If you haven't visited the zoo in a while, this may be a good weekend to visit.

The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park opens daily at 10am.  May 18th is Endangered Species Day, highlighting the beautiful Amur Leopard.  Sunday the first 500 visitors will receive a free schedule magnet so you can keep track of all the upcoming zoo events.

What new at the zoo?  In addition to the Amur Leopard, there's the popular Arctic Fox, 'Blizzard' and 'Storm,' 2 beautiful Snowy Owls, African Penguins and a few renovations including the rain forest building.

You can even rent the zoo for a day or how about considering a birthday party for your kids at Ross Park?

For a complete calendar of events, admission charges and other information, visit the zoo web site at www.rossparkzoo.com.  Visit the zoo this Summer.  It's a nice thing to do and your visit will help keep this Binghamton institution going for future generations.