Summertime at the Central Park Zoo
These photos taken by the Author, Joan Scheier, depict the Central Park Zoo as seen in the Summertime. Todd Comstock is the gentleman who takes care of our flowers, trees and makes sure our zoo always looks wonderful.

Saucer Magnolia

The Saucer Magnolia is a deciduous tree with large, early-blooming flowers in various shades of white, pink, and purple.

Crabapple of Hawthorne

Crabapple of Hawthorne

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Monkey Puzzle Tree, the national tree of Chile. s an evergreen tree growing to 40 metres (130 ft) tall with a 2 metres
(7 ft) trunk diameter. The tree is native to central and southern Chile, western Argentina and south Brazil.
Araucaria araucana is the hardiest species in the conifer genus Araucaria. Because of the species's great age it
is sometimes described as a living fossil.


Redbud. The redbud is the state tree of Oklahoma.

Flaming Parrot Tulip

Flaming Parrot Tulip. With their exotic shape, color and design, these sensational tulips resemble their namesake colorful
tropical birds. Parrot Tulips are the largest and most spectacular of all tulips. Frilled, ruffled and flared petals are
splashed and striped with brilliant color combinations that are unlike those of any tulip. They bloom on tall stems amid
striking green foliage.

Blaauw's Pink Azalea

Blaauw's Pink Azalea is bathed in stunning clusters of lightly-scented coral pink trumpet-shaped flowers with a hot pink
blotch at the ends of the branches in late spring before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season.

Pink Ribbon Coneflower

Pink Ribbon Coneflower. The pink ray flowers are similar in color to the familiar looped pink ribbon that has become an
international symbol of breast cancer awareness.

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily. This beautiful native plant sometimes blooms profusely during late June in the native grasslands of North Dakota.
Red lily has a huge range, being found in open areas from Quebec to British Columbia and southward. The deep orange or red
flowers of this perennial are up to three inches wide with black spots on the bases of the petals and sepals. The narrow
leaves are about two inches long. Stems may be up to two feet tall from white underground bulbs.

The Author At Age 8
Author at Age 8
Joan Scheier remembers going to the zoo from the age of 8 with her older brother. She is now a wildlife guide at the zoo. Living in Manhattan she walked across the park through the zoo everyday while attending Hunter College. During the 1960's she went to the zoo with her two sons Allen and Jerry. Her favorite animals then and now are the sea lions. Today she greets guests and give chats and tours. Her grandson, Zachary, refers to the Central Park Zoo as "Grandma's Zoo."

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