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November 16, 2009


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Pat Donato

I am 59 years old and have gone many times to the zoo. When I was very young I can remember an exhibit and the Bronx Zoo called monkey island. It was an island in the zoo where Monkey was kept they were free and climbed around while people watched from the land. I always remember this because of the smell and the gigantic rats that used to swim in that water. Can anyone confirm this - I seem to be the only one who remembers this.


In the corner of the Zoo, past the Aquatic Bird House, there was a pond that had an island in it. During the summer (warm) months, there was a family of gibbons (apes) living on it. Since gibbons don't swim and are afraid of the water, they were safe there. The keepers brought out food and cared for them daily. This area of the zoo now has the NEW International Studies building on it, and there are no gibbons there anymore.

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    The Hudson is measured north from Hudson River Mile 0 at the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan. The George Washington Bridge is at HRM 12, the Tappan Zee 28, Bear Mountain 47, Beacon-Newburgh 62, Mid-Hudson 75, Kingston-Rhinecliff 95, Rip Van Winkle 114, and the Federal Dam at Troy, the head of tidewater, at 153. Entries from points east and west in the watershed reference the corresponding river mile on the mainstem.

Boating On-Hudson