Established in the early 1800s, the Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest of its kind in America. Today it is home to nearly 2,000 ... More
Established in the early 1800s, the Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest of its kind in America. Today it is home to nearly 2,000 creatures great and small from the top of the food chain to the bottom. Rare species from around the world are on hand, such as white lions, pandas, polar bears, and the country's only giant river otters. Call or check website for admission prices.
I have lived my entire life in the Philadelphia area. Ever since I was a child, I have loved the Philadelphia zoo. It is always nice to return and see both the old and the new mixed together. Today was a rather sad visit. The zoo has been going through a transition for many years. The goal seems to be more natural environments for the animals. Unfortunately, so much of it now looks pieced together. There is no flow as you travel through the zoo. The cages and buildings that I loved as a child are now mostly gone. I realize the concepts and the need for change. Still, the Philadelphia Zoo has become a disappointment. Did I mention $17.95 per adult $14.95 for kids over 2 (a 12 year old is an adult) and $12 to park?
I love horses, and I'm probably stopping by here next summer to go horseback riding. It's gonna be awesome because I've always wnted to ride a real horse my whole entire life!!!! Can't wait to go ride!!!!
Visited this zoo from out of town and figured a big city like Philadelphia would have a big zoo, but was way wrong. Paid $12.95 a person plus $10 to a park in a lot 2 blocks from the actual zoo as there is very limited parking near the zoo entrance. Animal exhibits seemed small, cramped, and out dated. The children's area was nice and had things for kids to do. Went through the entire zoo in 2 hours and never saw some exhibits that were on the map. Penguins were in a temporary area and then only saw 1. The zoo is very compact so was easy to walk through in a short time. Just expected something bigger and better. Came from a metropolitan area only about half the size of Phil. but that has renovated their zoo to make it much larger and better and admission about half of this. Started pouring rain as we were getting ready to leave, by the time we got to our car after the 2 block walk, was completley soaked. Unless they build a whole new zoo, would never go back.
I was born in Philadelphia in 1947 and the Zoo has always been a part of my life. Some of my fondest memories are of my Mother taking my brother and I to the Zoo and of My husband and I taking our children to the Zoo. I have since been all over the world and seen many Zoos and animal santuaries, but my thoughts always go back to the Philadelphia Zoo. Go! Enjoy!, Make wonderful memories!
LIKE WE THIS IS GODS WORLD AND THE LOVING ANIMALS TO
By A Yahoo Contributor, 6/6/07
I LOVED IT ALL THE ANIMALS I LOVE THE CATS I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF THEM SINCE I WAS LITTLE AND IAM 28 YEARS OLD AND I LOVE THEM STILL I HOPE TO WORK AT THE ZOO IT WOULD BE A TREAT TO ME TO DO SOME THING THERE. BUT ANY WHAY I HOPE TO GO BACK FEEL SOON..... IVEE
Visiting the Philadelphia Zoo was a great adventure for myself and grandchrildren, the hard part is the traffic pattern and
parking for the facility,Planning acceess and parking would increase attendance and revenues along with making it a more for more enjoyable experience for the public.
The Zoo was super the access and parking
a Visitors nightmare!
Although the Philadelphia Zoo had a variety of interesting animals that are not often seen at zoos, it leaves a lot to be desired. For one thing, it was not well kept. The bathrooms were extremely dirty and scary. Also, some of the animal exhibits did not seem to be very clean. I would not recommend this zoo to anyone who is looking for a unique experience; if that is the case, I recommend travelling to the other side of the state and visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo, which is far superior.
last visit to big cat falls made me angry, sad, and upset
By A Yahoo Contributor, 7/2/06
Although I assume that the zoo staff and its supporters believe that the zoo is serving conservation efforts, the zoo is a cruel place.
How depressing that not one of the reviews before made any mention of what the animals were experiencing, which is, from my observations this evening, sadness, boredom, and anxiety. Look into the gorillas eyes, with whom we share a common ancestor, and you'll see a part of yourself.
The big cat exhibit, while nice in terms of its aesthetic appeal for humans, so cleraly demonstrated the disrespect that humans are capable of bestowing upon these wondrous animals. The amur tiger paced back and fourth in front of the glass, scratching it from time to time. He wasn't playing. In fact, I asked a zoo staffer/volunteer at the exhibit what his behavior meant, and he said he was agitated. I'd say!
I am sad that as a society we still relish in watching animals locked up in cages. Most people, as evidenced by some of the reviews here, go to zoos to be entertained, not educated.
I wouldn't recommend a visit to the philadelphia zoo.
I have never been to a zoo before so I really enjoyed the Philadelphia zoo. They have a lot of different attractions and animals. It's a very clean and friendly enviroment. I had a great time and would love to go back again sometime.
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