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Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo was the very first zoo charted in the United States of America. Due to the Civil War, the opening of the zoo was delayed by about 15 years. It was finally able to open July 1, 1874 with over 3,000 visitors. The zoo opened with 1,000 animals, but is now home to about 1,300 animals, many of which are rare and endangered. It started with 200 mammals, including buffalo, deer, wolves, foxes, bears, and monkeys, along with 67 bird species, and 15 reptiles.

Not only does the zoo have a large variety of animal exhibits, but it is also known for its historical architecture (with the inclusion of the country home of William Penn's grandson), its collections of over 500 plant species, and its fine veterinary facilities.
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Philadelphia Zoo will make sure you have an adventurous experience and enjoy your time there. Check out the animal exploration trail experience called Zoo360 where it allows animals to roam around and above zoo grounds in their exhibits giving you the opportunity to see tigers, gorillas, lemurs and other animals explore above your head.

The zoo holds many events such as the WildWorks Ropes Course, Big Cat Falls, KidZooU, and more. The WildWorks Ropes Course allows visitors of all ages to explore and observe from 34 feet above the zoo with exciting bridges and obstacles to take on.  


I haven’t been to the zoo since I visited with my son during a summer recreation program over twenty years ago. My husband and I felt like kids. What a great place. We couldn’t see it all because I struggle with mobility but next time I will take them up in the electric scooters that they have. This is truly a must-see!
What can I say that hasn’t been said??? tandhgoraj, Trip Advisor
Great day for the kids! Weather wasn’t the best, but we made the best of it. I believe the rain kept most of the people away which made it easier for us to see the whole park in a few hours. The majority of the animals were still active and able to be seen. I would definitely recommend taking the kids there. I’ve been to the Bronx zoo which is much bigger, but this was just enough to entertain the kids for a few hours.
Philadelphia Zoo. Eugene D, Trip Advisor
The Philadelphia Zoo was the first true zoo in the United States, and is still one of the premier zoos in the world. It is a wonderful experience for people of all ages to spend a day outdoors wandering along the variety of trails spread over 42 acres, and look at the wonderfully well maintained animals, many of which are endangered. Big Cat Crossing, which allow the animals to travel along suspended and ground-level mesh structures throughout parts of the zoo, and the outdoor aviary where guests may hand-feed exotic birds.
Very well maintained and large area. Debasree Sarkar, Trip Advisor
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