Wildlife Theater

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Wildlife Theater is...

  • a Central Park Zoo-based theater company that inspires audiences to learn more and care more about our natural world.
  • a group that works with schools, community centers, hospitals, camps, special events, and private events.
  • an audience participatory performance using drama, puppetry, games, and songs.

Auditorium Series

Wildlife Theater

NEW! AMAZING ADAPTATIONS: THE DINOSAUR ADVENTURE
(Grades K–5)
(This program can only be booked during the first week of every month starting in November 2013.)
Join Cope and Marsh as they go on an adventure back in time to learn how dinosaurs’ adaptations are a lot like the ones we have in modern times. With dinosaur puppets and engaging songs, students will learn about the survival strategies of animals throughout our earth’s history.

Wildlife Theater

Butterfly Boogie
(Grades K–5)
Bugs aren't gross—they're great! Let our giant cockroach puppet teach your students why insects are the coolest creatures around. We then take off on a 3,000-mile adventure with our butterfly-themed show, "The Tale of Flutterby and Piggle." This musical, interactive performance introduces students to the interdependence among plants and animals.

Wildlife Theater

Cool Rainforest Connections
(Grades K-3)

This performance features our intrepid Jungle Explorer and her puppet sidekick, Youcan the Toucan, an engaging audience participation poem, geography, and our play "The Adventures of Captain Cocoa." The audience joins our humorous superhero, Captain Cocoa, on an adventure to save the rainforest—only to discover it might be the average person who can really save the day.

Wildlife Theater

Cool Rainforest Connections: Senior Selections
(Grades 3-5)
This rainforest themed performance features "The Adventures of Captain Cocoa," as well as fun lessons on rainforest geography, rainforest layers and the animals that call each layer home.

Wildlife Theater

Perfectly Penguin
(Grades 3–5)

Why would a wild polar bear never eat a penguin? Find out the answer and learn many other facts about penguins and their amazing adaptations in our interactive show "A Penguin State of Mind." Students also learn about the importance of conservation as it relates to a polar habitat thousands of miles away.

Wildlife Theater

Polar Opposites
(Grades K–3)

Antarctica and the Arctic Circle are two sides of the world that look and feel the same. However, very different types of animals call these icy lands home. Students explore the similarities and differences through two shows, "Polar Bear and the Beat" and "A Penguin State of Mind."

Classroom Series

Bring Wildlife Theater right into your classroom with our WILD (Wildlife Integrated into Language Development) Achievements Program. The WILD program provides an unforgettable classroom experience for 25 or fewer students. Shows feature language development, science, and theater, and offer one-on-one, hands-on learning opportunities with our instructor-performer team.

Wildlife Theater

Animal Adventures Medley
(Grades pre-K & K)

Our puppet "pond town" comes to your class with Frankie the Frog and other characters. These short, interactive shows feature singing, guessing games, and storytelling about the animals you might find in a pond or barnyard. Students learn basic animal concepts such as shapes, sounds, locomo­tion, and metamorphosis.

Wildlife Theater

Petunia Penguin Goes to School
(Grades pre-K–1)

Our costume character Petunia Penguin and polar explorer Admiral Bird transform your class into a team of Antarctic scientists. Through drama, games, and songs, we lead students on a chilly exploration. Using literacy development skills, students discover the adaptations penguins need to survive their harsh polar habitat.

Wildlife Theater

Youcan the Toucan’s Rainforest Adventure
(Grades pre-K–1)

Bring the tropics to your classroom with a visit from our Youcan the Toucan puppet and explorer Jungle Jane. Together they embark on an adventure that turns your students into a tropical jungle exploration team. Using their five senses, students experience a unique introduction to the rainforest that features creative drama, storytelling, and puppets.

Wildlife Theater

Frankie The Frog’s Pond Adventure
(Grades Pre-K – 1)

Students learn about polar life and the special adaptations penguins need to survive their environment. Our actor-instructor team leads the group in hands-on learning and deductive reasoning featuring biofacts, games, drama, and puppetry. The students also learn about the challenges facing the polar regions and what they can do to proactively make a difference.

Wildlife Theater

Penguin Explorers
(Grades 2 & 3)

Students learn about polar life and the special adaptations penguins need to survive their environment. Our actor-instructor team leads the group in hands-on learning and deductive reasoning featuring biofacts, games, drama, and puppetry. The students also learn about the challenges facing the polar regions and what they can do to proactively make a difference.

Theater at the Zoo

Wildlife Theater is offering private, one-hour programs that include a Wildlife Theater performance, an animal encounter and a visit to an exhibit. The various programs to choose from feature habitats from rainforests to rivers and animals from bears to butterflies. Children will have the unique opportunity to touch a live animal that matches your selected topic. Advanced booking required.

To Book Wildlife Theater

Call 212-439-6583 or email wildlifetheater@wcs.org. Download a printer friendly version of our Wildlife Theater brochure.

Payment Information

Auditorium SeriesTime: 45 minutes
Maximum Audience: 300
Cost: One performance: $500; Multiple performances: $400 each
$50 Surcharge for shows outside the 5 boroughs, weekend shows, or private events

Classroom Series
Time: 45 minutes
Maximum Audience: 25
Cost: One performance: $275; Multiple performances: $250 each
$50 Surcharge for shows outside the 5 boroughs, weekend shows, or private events

Theater at the Zoo
Time: 45 minutes
Maximum Audience: 30 students, 5 chaperones
Cost: One performance: $250, includes the program and zoo admission

All bookings for Wildlife Theater include Pre and Post Teachers Guides that connect to the themes covered in the performances.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received by the Central Park Zoo Education Department by email cpzregistration@wcs.org. Cancellations made at least 4 weeks in advance will receive a 50% refund. There are no refunds for programs cancelled less than 4 weeks prior to the scheduled date of program. Please note that any request to reschedule your class is equivalent to a cancellation.

Payment Policy

All programs must be paid in advance using check or credit card. DOE purchase orders, BOCES and SIPPs are accepted.