Trip to the Zoo
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When surfing the net, I stumbled upon a web site called Zoochat, which is a web site for zoo enthusiasts. These are a group of people that just loves going to zoos around the world, and in the process, loves animals. After reading some threads there, I decided to make a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo.
I have not been there in over 25 years. I can't remember exactly when I last went. Only remembering dragging my parents to go, and riding the monorail around the zoo. Judging from the photos I have seen, things look a lot different now.
I arrived at the zoo, and already it was crowded. A lot of school groups taking the field trip to the zoo. I paid admission, and entered. I started with the Small Mammal House. From there, I would walk in a clockwise direction around the zoo, for the most part.
I will be listing some of the highlights of the zoo in the review. But have to say, the biggest highlight of all, is Zoo360, which is a network of elevated walkways, allowing the animals to get out of their enclosure, and walk around the zoo. I have seen it a few times with the tigers and a few primates, and it is always a delight each time.
I remember back in the 80's, when most animals were held in steel cages, with only enough room to pace around. Thank goodness that is no longer the case, as their enclosures resemble their natural habitat. The Philly Zoo has come a long way. And the monorail is no longer around.
I stayed until closing, and still did not get to see everything.
It was nice to spend the day at the zoo, and could be the first of many zoos that I will be visiting and blogging about, wherever I may travel around the world. Kind of like what I currently do with baseball stadiums, as I do have this sudden interest to visiting zoos in other places.
I would make another visit on July 3rd (exactly one month later), with my mom. It was a lot more crowded, making it hard to enjoy. But I did get to see the hippos out of the water, which is the first time ever for me.
I have divided the photos of the animals between the blog and review. The photos in the review is basically an almost complete list of animals that I saw and was able to photograph, as well as things about the zoo itself. I combined the photos from the 2 visits.
The review of the Philadelphia Zoo is here.