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.

white rhinoceros with zebras
I would take detours, to check out Bear Country and the nearby enclosures of ducks and geese that I would normally see around my neighborhood.

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.
tiger in Zoo360
Then I left the zoo, headed somewhere else, before heading home.

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.

WalterC says:
Cho - Of the ones you listed, I have only been to Disney's Animal Kingdom. I have been to around 6 zoos, I think.
Posted on: Aug 13, 2015
WalterC says:
Bill - I have been to the National Zoo, but it was only to see the pandas, back in 2005. I am overdue for another visit there.
Posted on: Aug 13, 2015
Cho says:
Walter, I've also taken an interest in visiting zoos. In the past five years I visited the Los Angeles Zoo, Atlanta Zoo, Jungle Island in Miami, Central Florida Zoo and Animal Kingdom at Disneyworld.
Outside the US: Yangon Zoo in Myanmar, Trivandrum Zoo in India, Safari World and Dusit Zoo in Thailand, wildlife refuge in Costa Rica and just recently, the Toronto Zoo in Canada.
Posted on: Aug 11, 2015
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white rhinoceros with zebras
white rhinoceros with zebras
tiger in Zoo360
tiger in Zoo360
lion statue in front of entrance
lion statue in front of entrance
spectacled langurs
spectacled langurs
gibbon
gibbon
gibbon hanging on
gibbon hanging on
cast of gibbons
cast of gibbons
mongoose lemur
mongoose lemur
orangutans looking inside a bag
orangutans looking inside a bag
orangutan throwing bag away
orangutan throwing bag away
gorilla with rope in mouth
gorilla with rope in mouth
gorilla changing mind
gorilla changing mind
group of meerkats
group of meerkats
two-toed sloth
two-toed sloth
flamingos
flamingos
Asiatic black bear
Asiatic black bear
polar bear thinking about getting …
polar bear thinking about getting…
white rhinoceros
white rhinoceros
zebras
zebras
giraffes
giraffes
giraffe reaching for leaves
giraffe reaching for leaves
giraffe drinking
giraffe drinking
Cape Barren goose
Cape Barren goose
penguins
penguins
part of Zoo360
part of Zoo360
hyacinth macaw
hyacinth macaw
waldrapp ibis
waldrapp ibis
black-and-white colobus monkey
black-and-white colobus monkey
American eagles
American eagles
lions
lions
lion cubs
lion cubs
lion cubs playing
lion cubs playing
snow leopard
snow leopard
rhinoceros hornbill
rhinoceros hornbill
2 types of birds in McNeil Avian C…
2 types of birds in McNeil Avian …
part of the Zoo360 Animal Explorat…
part of the Zoo360 Animal Explora…
tiger in Zoo360 - 1
tiger in Zoo360 - 1
tiger in Zoo360 - 2
tiger in Zoo360 - 2
tiger in Zoo360 - 3
tiger in Zoo360 - 3
tiger in Zoo360 - 4
tiger in Zoo360 - 4
tiger in Zoo360 - 5
tiger in Zoo360 - 5
tiger in Zoo360 - 6
tiger in Zoo360 - 6
American alligator
American alligator
snake shedding skin
snake shedding skin
bunch of sheep
bunch of sheep
bunch of chickens
bunch of chickens
red kangaroos
red kangaroos
blue waldrapp ibis
blue waldrapp ibis
hippos out of the water, eating - …
hippos out of the water, eating -…
1 hippo getting back to water
1 hippo getting back to water
another hippo about to get back in…
another hippo about to get back i…
hippo getting into water
hippo getting into water
giant river otter swimming
giant river otter swimming
2 giant river otters
2 giant river otters
tortise
tortise
green and red parrots
green and red parrots
description on parrots
description on parrots
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