Sunday, September 21, 2014
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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.

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
      Treetop Trail
    • Sunday, September 21, 2014
    • The Treetop Trail is an elevated trail for small primates who inherit the Philadelphia Zoo. Animals like the red-capped mangabey, black and white colobus monkeys, blue-eyed lemurs, and mongoose lemurs all travel through these trails.
      The Great Ape Trail
    • Sunday, September 21, 2014
    • A pathway addition to Zoo 360, but for much bigger animals that reside at the Philadelphia Zoo. This rectangular playground enables primates to explore and play throughout their usual living space.
      "I Ran the Zoo" 5K Run
    • Saturday, October 4, 2014
    • Run by the Philadelphia Zoo’s wildlife during the first annual “I Ran the Zoo” 5K event. The course will take participants both inside and outside the zoo for a wonderful view and experience. Proceeds from the race will support the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund which cares for children with serious illness, injuries, and disabilities.