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Philadelphia Zoo

Animals and plants thrive at America’s first zoo...

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Zoo

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One of the best laid-out zoos in the country, the Philadelphia Zoo is set among a charming 42-acre Victorian garden with tree-lined walks, formal shrubbery and animal sculptures.

America’s first zoo and a foremost conservation organization, the attraction is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered.

The zoo has a first-in-the-world animal travel and exploration train system, Zoo360, enabling primates and big cats to move above and across the main visitor pathway.

Additional exhibits include Big Cat Falls, the McNeil Avian Center, the PECO Primate Reserve and KidZooU, an interactive wildlife academy of dynamic displays, rare breeds and indoor-outdoor learning.

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.

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