Must-see zoo animals in New York City

Where: Amazing Monitors at the Bronx Zoo Why

Where: Amazing Monitors at the Bronx Zoo
Why they're cool: This is the first time since the 1950s that komodo dragons are back in the Bronx, and the zoo is lucky enough to have three of them-- two female and one male. All are still growing, and the male could reach around nine feet long and 360 pounds one day. The dragons are rare, with possibly only 350 breeding females left in the wild, according to the WCS. (Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society)

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When watching pigeons in the park and counting rats on the subway tracks gets old, more exotic species are plentiful at New York City's zoos. From a baby southern tamandua in Staten Island to crazy-eyed coquerels in the Bronx, you'll leave with a whole new view of animal life in the boroughs.

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