Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Visitor Guide GPTMC

The Philadelphia Zoo

The nation’s oldest zoo was chartered in 1859, but the impending Civil War delayed its opening until 1874. In addition to its animals, the zoo is known for its historic architecture, which includes the country home of William Penn’s grandson; its botanical collections of over 500 plant species; its groundbreaking research and its fine veterinary facilities.The Primate Reserve, Carnivore Kingdom, and Rare Animal Conservation Center, with its tree kangaroos and blue-eyed lemurs, are brand new, but there’s still fun to be had in the historic, old-style bird, pachyderm and carnivore houses. In the Treehouse, kids can investigate the world from an animal’s perspective; outdoors, the Zoo Balloon lifts passengers 400 feet into the air for a bird’s-eye view of the zoo.

NATURE AND GARDENS
The Philadelphia Zoo
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3400 West Girard Avenue (34th St. and Girard Ave.) Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 243-1100
  • Calendar
    Upcoming events
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      Night Flight at Philadelphia Zoo
    • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    • Children ages 5-12 years old are invited to spend the night at the Philadelphia Zoo and participate in an evening hiking trip, play games, create art, and learn more about the animals of the zoo.
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      Zoo Noel
    • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    • Check out the Philadelphia Zoo as it transforms into a winter wonderland. Kids can get their picture with Santa, participate in a scavenger hunt, create seasonal crafts, and more.