Bronx Zoo Visitors Will Soon Be Able to Zip Line Across the Bronx River

Animals aren’t the Bronx Zoo’s only attraction. The famous New York City zoo sits on 265 acres of park and natural lands and is bisected by the area’s only freshwater river, the Bronx River. Beginning this summer, Gothamist reports that adventurous visitors will get the chance to view the waterway from high in the sky, on a new zip line that whizzes them across the river.

The course is more than 400 feet long, and runs back and forth across the Bronx River. Visitors will soar 50 feet above the water, giving them a rare glimpse of the river's wetlands.

"It’s an amazing river in our city, but not everybody gets to see it," Sue Chin, the vice president of planning and design and chief architect at the Wildlife Conservation Society, told DNAinfo New York. (The Wildlife Conservation Society manages the Bronx Zoo, along with the Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo.) "Certainly, they don’t get the experience of seeing it this way."

The zip line is part of a new year-round zoo experience, the Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure, which will open sometime this summer. (The WCS initially announced the zip line would open on June 16, but the opening date has since been postponed.) In addition to an aerial rope slide, the Treetop Adventure will include seven ropes courses, ranging from easy to advanced. Two-hour climbing tickets will cost $65, while a two-way river crossing will be $35. For $75, visitors will be able to purchase a combined ticket. (Both attractions will be ticketed separately from the Bronx Zoo, so you’ll need to purchase another pass to see the animals.)

For safety purposes, Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure participants must be ages 7 and up, between 50 and 275 pounds, and able to touch a height of 5 feet, 6 inches while standing flat on the ground.

Don’t meet those criteria? The zoo has created an additional new experience—a netted bridge-and-tower course and nature play area called the Bronx Zoo Nature Trek—that’s suitable for the entire family. It opens on June 23, and admission is included with the purchase of a Bronx Zoo Total Experience Ticket.

You can check out some pictures of the zip line and the Bronx Zoo’s new aerial obstacle courses below.

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

[h/t Gothamist]

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San Pedro, California Is Home to the Country’s Only Volunteer-Run Post Office

A vintage postcard of San Pedro, California.
A vintage postcard of San Pedro, California.
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There are more than 30,000 post offices in the United States, but only one of them is staffed entirely by volunteers. As Fast Company reports, the nonprofit-run Assistance League Post Office has been serving customers in San Pedro, California, since 1964.

The Assistance League Post Office is one of many contract postal units around the country. Contract postal units are run privately instead of publicly, usually by a business. The post office in San Pedro is unique in that it's operated by a nonprofit organization.

More than 50 years ago, the San Pedro chapter of the Assistance League opened the post office to service its growing community, which includes the Port of Los Angeles. The location only sold stamps for decades, then expanded into a full-service post office in 1990. In addition to running the local postal service, the Assistance League of San Pedro provides low-income residents with orthodontia care, glasses, sexual assault survivor kits, and new school clothes—all resources that revenue from the post office helps pay for.

To make its charitable mission possible, the post office relies on volunteers. Post office chairman Gayle Merrick runs a staff of 17 volunteers—all retired women between the ages of 65 and 87. Their backgrounds range from medicine to education, and they commit to giving three to four days of their time to the post office each month. Many people who volunteer at the Assistance League Post Office stick around for a while; the longest-serving volunteer worked there for a quarter of a century.

The San Pedro post office closed to the public in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its customers and volunteers are still waiting for it to return. Merrick tells Fast Company that she hopes to reopen by October 1, in time to help process local mail-in ballots for the 2020 election.

[h/t Fast Company]