During the visit, we were given the grand tour of their herp collection- including the behind-the-scenes tour. As is shown below, the Staten Island Zoo is well known for their immense snake collection, specifically pit vipers (this was skewed a bit more by my personal bias towards them). The exhibits were beautifully realistic and well made, resembling the animals' natural settings. We had further learned about the unseen workings of a zoo through the behind-the-scenes tour. And, as an extra bonus, we were brought to the nursery to see some baby mammals (see below).
Even though we had a long drive to get there and back, it was definitely worth it. Here are just some of the amazing animals we saw: