In 1859, Philadelphia became home to America’s first zoo. Now celebrating over 150 years of innovation and achievement, Philadelphia Zoo is a key part of our region’s life and culture, a compelling living classroom, and a conservation leader.
The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia’s leading family attraction with over 1.35 million visitors last year.