The Central Park Zoo (also known as New York Zoo) is a small 6.5-acre (2.6 ha) zoo located in Central Park in New York City. It is part of an integrated system of four zoos and the New York Aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
The Central Park Zoo is the film's main setting where Samson, his son Ryan, and their zoo friends Nigel, Bridget, Larry, and Benny live, along with other zoo animals (such as penguins, gazelles, hippos, etc.). At the beginning of the film, Samson tells his story to his son about his adventures in the wild. Every night when the zoo closes, animals roam free and spend their time doing their nighttime activities such as hockey. During a game of hockey, Ryan accidentally causes a stampede of gazelles to ruin the game. Feeling nervous before Samson can apologize, Ryan ends up in a green box that ships animals to the wild as the animals escape the zoo to rescue Ryan.