Photo Field Trip: Bronx Zoo - 5 hour Workshop

Skill Level(s): All Levels 
Location: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460  map
Instructor: Scott Dengrove
Date and Time: Saturday, March 28th, 10:00AM - 3:30 PM


With over 4,000 animals representing over 600 species, The Bronx Zoo provides one of the best opportunities to view and photograph animals in a setting that meticulously recreates their natural habitats, and it's right in our own backyard! 

Rated one of the top 5 zoos in the world, their mission is to safeguard the earth's magnificent diversity of wildlife through field conservation and education. 

Visit a zoo in the winter? Absolutely! The Bronx zoo is open year-round, which is fortunate for us as animals love the snow, and nothing makes a more impressive photograph than a fierce leopard surrounded by a wintery backdrop. The winter also means less crowds, less heat and humidity and more active animals. The zoo also boasts some impressive indoor exhibits as well, giving us a chance to stay warm and toasty while photographing exotic species. 

Exhibit highlights include Jungle World, the Bronx Zoo's indoor rain forest featuring nearly 800 species, Madagascar, showcasing a variety of wildlife and plants from the island, Highland Himalayas (weather permitting), home to the striking snow leopards and red panda, Sea Lion Pool (weather permitting), watch them frolic, play and get fed, creating the perfect opportunity for capturing images, and Astor Court, home to the zoo's original landmark Beaux-Arts buildings.

We'll begin the day with an orientation session and photo lesson where we'll cover such topics as camera settings for wildlife photography,  focusing on fast moving birds and animals, handling tricky lighting situations, composing great wildlife images, storytelling, and framing. Then it's on to the animal exhibits to practice our skills, and learn new hands-on techniques. Each participant will receive a guide with helpful tips, techniques and tricks for getting amazing shots in a zoo setting.


Whether you're preparing for a planned safari or just want to enjoy some of the best wildlife photo opportunities anywhere in New York, this workshop is open to all levels of photographer with any type of actual camera (no smart phones or tablets please).  High school students are welcome but anyone 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.


The cost for this photo field trip is $75 and INCLUDES admission to The Bronx Zoo. As part of this workshop takes place in the zoo's JungleWorld exhibit participants will receive a Total Experience Ticket. Your admission ticket will be emailed to you a few days prior to the workshop

If you are already a zoo member or eligible for a senior citizen or military discount there is an option for you to purchase tickets on your own. Participants must ensure they are purchasing or have a membership which includes all of the amenities of a Total Experience Ticket.

Tickets can be purchased in person or online at https://bronxzoo.com/checkout/tickets/winter-total...


This special field trip takes place entirely at The Bronx Zoo, participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the zoo as well as their own parking fees. The Bronx Zoo is easily accessible by car, bus, subway and train. You will meet your instructor at the zoo, full details will be given prior to the field trip.

Participants may view directions by using the links below:

View driving directions
View directions by public transportation including bus, subway, and train


Please bring your fully charged camera and and any accessories you'd like to have, see "Equipment Recommendations" below for details. 

Our orientation session and lesson will take place at The Dancing Crane Cafe at the start of the workshop. Lunch options are available for purchase, and the zoo does allow you to bring your own food and snacks. 

Food and beverages are prohibited in animal exhibits, all snacks will need to be stowed away before entering any exhibits. 


All participants, no matter what type of digital camera (no smartphones or tablets please) they have, will find enjoyment and learn something from participating in this workshop. However, we do have some recommendations that will help to ensure you get the most value out of the workshop. 

If you are using a DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, we recommend bringing the longest focal length lenses you own. In zoos animals are often far away from view and having a telephoto or super telephoto lens will help you to get up close and personal with your subject.

Although the zoo does allow tripods, they are restricted in many of the exhibits as they can cause a trip hazard. We find having a monopod can be helpful, if you have one, for exhibits where the lighting may be subdued and to support your long lenses. Monopods also offer maximum ease of use and safety in a zoo setting over a tripod.

Further equipment recommendations will be provided in a detailed email prior to the field trip.


This workshop will take place on Saturday, March 28th, 2020. We will be at the zoo from 10:00am - 3:30 PM. A detailed itinerary will be sent closer to the start of the workshop. There will be a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes, The Bronx Zoo is accessible to wheelchair users and they have limited wheelchairs available for rental. 

PLEASE NOTE: Although our workshop does not start until 10:30am please plan on arriving at the zoo promptly at 10am. That is when the zoo opens and the lines to get into the parking lot can often exceed a 15 to 20 minute wait at that time of day. This will ensure that you are at the Dancing Crane Cafe when we begin our lesson at 10:30am. 


The Bronx Zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States. To learn more about The Bronx Zoo and its visitor policies, please visit their website by clicking here.


Registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing no less than 7 days prior to the start of the workshop. Refunds will not be given for no shows or latecomers. As the bulk of this workshop consists of indoor spaces it will take place snow, rain or shine. No refunds will be given for no shows due to weather. In the case of an extreme weather emergency or closure of The Bronx Zoo, there is an alternative workshop date available. If you cannot attend the alternative workshop date a credit will be given for use towards a future Dengrove Studios workshop.

Questions? Feel free to contact us before you register.

Saturday, March 28th, 10:00AM - 3:30 PM

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