Philadelphia Zoo

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Philadelphia Zoo Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Definitely worth checking out, especially Zoo360 Jun 03, 2015
The Philadelphia Zoo is often advertised as the nation’s first zoo. It was chartered in 1859, but would not open to the public until 1874, due to the Civil War. By then, the Central Park Zoo had already opened in 1864. So is the Philly zoo really the nation’s first zoo? Depends on how you look at it!

As it located outside the main touristy areas of the city, getting there can be a little tricky, as there are 2 ways. One is by SEPTA Bus 32, but pay attention, as it can be easily missed. Another way is the purple minibus called the Philly Phlash, which is your better bet, since it drops you off much closer to the main entrance.

The zoo has a nice collection. I have listed some of the highlights in the blog, but will list them here as well. They would include…

1. Getting an underwater view of the giants otters at Carnivore Kingdom, or polar bears in Bear Country

2. The variety of snakes and frogs in the Reptiles and Amphibians

3. Variety of birds, divided by region in the McNeil Avian Center

4. Seeing the lion cubs playing with each other in First Niagara Big Cat Falls

5. Seeing a collection of primates playing around in the PECO Primate Reserve (though the enclosures are a bit small)

But the biggest one of all, is the Zoo360 Animal Exploration Trails, which are elevated walkways throughout the zoo, allowing some of the animals to leave their enclosure and walk around. A type of enrichment, giving the animal something to do. It was really something, for example, when walking and seeing a tiger right above me. And right by the dining area of a restaurant, where I was eating at the time.

The zoo is circular for the most part, so it is not hard to get around, with some sections a little out of the way, like the McNeil Avian Center and Bird Valley.

This is a nice zoo to visit, and if you are a zoo enthusiast, then it is a must, mainly for Zoo360.
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