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Philadelphia Zoo Hosts 5th Annual Global Conservation Gala
Philadelphia Zoo will host its 5th Annual Global Conservation Gala, an occasion that honors individuals, families and organizations for extraordinary contributions to wildlife and the natural world, on Thursday, November 13th  at the Hyatt at the Bellevue at 6 p.m. Since its inception in 2010, the Gala has been an important component of the Zoo’s mission to connect people with wildlife, create joyful discovery and inspire action for animals.

Philadelphia Zoo Announces Fourth Annual K-12 UNLESS Contest
Philadelphia Zoo Announces the fourth annual Albert M. Greenfield Foundation UNLESS Contest for grades K-12. Over the past three years the Zoo has engaged more than 10,000 schoolchildren from more than 200 schools in the Delaware Valley region as part of this initiative, creating awareness that will inspire solutions and actions to impact the future of wildlife. Together with these students, the Zoo has worked to address two key conservation issues – habitat destruction related to palm oil production and the global impacts of climate change.

KidZooU Honored as a Winner of the 2014 Groundbreaker Project Award
Philadelphia Zoo announced that it was honored by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) as a winner of the 2014 Groundbreaker Project Award for its KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center. 

Philadelphia Zoo Hosts Annual “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween Extravaganza
Philadelphia Zoo hosts its annual “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween celebration for two spooky weekends on Saturday and Sunday, October 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 

Philadelphia Zoo’s KidZooU Recognized for Top Honors in Exhibit Design
Philadelphia Zoo today announced that its new children’s zoo and wildlife academy, KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center, has received Top Honors in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ 2014 Award for Exhibit Design. This annual award represents the highest honor for new exhibits and recognizes excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit design by an AZA-accredited Institution (U.S. or International) or Related Facility member.

Zoo keepers raise $5 million for rhino conservation
The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) reached a significant milestone this week when the all-time total for its national fundraiser, Bowling for Rhinos, reached $5 million after nearly 25 years of contributions toward rhino conservation.

Philadelphia Zoo Announces Election of Six New Board Members
Philadelphia Zoo recently announced the election of six new members to its Board of Directors.  In addition, Jay H. Calvert, Jr., Esq., a senior partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, who has served as Board Chair since 2008, was reelected as Chairman of the Board for the coming year. Mr. Calvert has served on the Zoo Board since 1992.

Philadelphia Zoo Announces the Birth of African Lion Cubs
Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to announce four new members of its animal family: African lion cubs born to Tajiri, the Zoo’s 4-year-old female, during the early morning of Thursday, June 26th.  This is the first litter for Tajiri and 6-year-old male Makini, and marks the expansion of the pride in First Niagara Big Cat Falls. 

Philadelphia Zoo Receives $500,000 Grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $500,000 advancement grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The funding will support the expansion of the world-leading Zoo360 network of animal exploration trails.

Philadelphia Zoo and 92.5 XTU Present Brett Eldredge
Philadelphia Zoo today announced that it will host XTU at Philadelphia Zoo, a live experience produced in partnership with Philadelphia’s country station, 92.5 XTU.  This outdoor summer concert features Atlantic recording artist, Brett Eldredge, who will be playing at America’s first zoo on Monday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Three Black-Footed Cats Born at Philadelphia Zoo
Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to welcome three black-footed cat kittens to its animal family. Born on April 8th to 9-year-old female, Aza, and 8-year-old male, Ascari, the kittens -- two males, Drogon and Viscerion, and one female, Rhaegal -- are the first black-footed cats ever born at Philadelphia Zoo. 


Philadelphia Zoo to Host 6th Annual Summer Ale Festival
Philadelphia Zoo will host an evening filled with regional craft beers  as well as a delicious sampling of food for purchase from local food truck vendors on Saturday, July 19 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for Summer Ale Festival.

Philadelphia Zoo Announces Two Family-Friendly Summer Events
Philadelphia Zoo is proud to present two annual guest-favorite events for summer 2014: PECO Primate Jungle Days and the Rock 'n' Roar concert series.

Philadelphia Zoo to Unveil New SEPTA PZ Express Train
Philadelphia Zoo, with partner SEPTA, today unveiled a brand new look for the SEPTA PZ Express, a popular attraction which invites the Zoo’s youngest visitors aboard for a fun train ride.

Tasty New Offerings at Philadelphia Zoo This Season
As part of its ongoing transformation, Philadelphia Zoo is focusing on the tastiest part of the overall guest experience for the 2014 season with dining improvements, including new and renovated food and beverage locations and healthy, responsibly-raised menu items.

Soar Once More in the Channel 6 ZooBalloon at Philadelphia Zoo
Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Zoo, in partnership with 6ABC, today announced that the Channel 6 ZooBalloon will return this season. After an overwhelming response from Zoo guests sharing fond memories of the balloon following its February 4, 2014 controlled deflation, Zoo officials and partners responded by offering guests a chance to Soar Once More in a new tethered helium balloon for the 2014 season.

Animals at Philadelphia Zoo are on the Move
Philadelphia Zoo is moving.  Not moving away, but moving up and around.  The small primates are swinging and strolling their way through mesh canopies in the treetops.  The large primates are enjoying new, elevated vantage points.  And come spring, big cats will be on the move like never before at America’s first zoo, thanks to the Saturday, May 10, 2014 public unveiling of Big Cat Crossing – an extension of the Zoo’s revolutionary, first-in-the-world animal travel and exploration system.

Philadelphia Zoo and PECO launch PECO Smart Ideas Challenge
Philadelphia Zoo is partnering with PECO to ‘Save Energy to Save Wildlife.’ Together the two organizations launched the PECO Smart Ideas Challenge® -- an in-depth curriculum experience focused on reinforcing energy conservation. More than 30,000 students from Title I schools across the region will be visiting the Zoo now through April 30th free of admission to participate in program.

Philadelphia Zoo says farewell to iconic Channel 6 ZooBalloon
Philadelphia Zoo officials today implemented a controlled release of the helium in the Channel 6 ZooBalloon.  Due to unprecedented weather conditions throughout the winter especially last evening’s heavy snowfall, the balloon’s envelope has accumulated of five to ten tons of snow, which is equivalent to the weight of five hippos.

Philadelphia Zoo Announces Wildlife Warrior Summer Camp 2014
Philadelphia Zoo today announced that registration for the popular Wildlife Warriors Summer Camp 2014 is open. Campers from ages 4-13 can sign up for one-week-long sessions, which introduce them to the spectacular wonders of the natural world through up-close animal encounters and interactive activities. Each session runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday, including before and after camp options, in June, July and August.

Philadelphia Zoo to Host Annual Wild at Heart Celebration
Philadelphia Zoo is hosting its annual family-friendly Valentine’s Day celebration, Wild at Heart. The weekend-long event, which offers visitors exciting love-themed activities, runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16.

KidZooU Gets Gold for Going Green
Philadelphia Zoo announced today that KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified project. LEED is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings. The process, which is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC®), awards points for design, construction, and operation practices resulting in more energy efficient and environmentally responsible building.

Dulary, 50 Year-old Female Asian Elephant Passes Away
It is with great sadness that The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and the Philadelphia Zoo announce the passing of Dulary, an Asian elephant that resided at the zoo from 1964 until her move to The Sanctuary in 2007.

Philadelphia Zoo Hosts Annual Zoo Noel Holiday Celebration
Philadelphia Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland as Santa Claus travels to exotic places around the globe for Zoo Noel, a three-weekend-long holiday celebration from November 30-December 1, December 7-8 and December 14-15 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.. Be a part of the festivities and fun as you encounter unique scenes showcasing life-size replicas of Mr. Claus as he explores his role in the rainforest, the outback, the arctic, home on the farm and on safari.

Baby Boom at Philadelphia Zoo
Philadelphia Zoo is excited to announce five additions to its animal family -- four black and white colobus monkeys and a baby white-handed gibbon.

Philadelphia Zoo Hosts 4th Annual Global Conservation Gala
Philadelphia Zoo will host its 4th Annual Global Conservation Gala, an occasion that honors individuals, families and organizations for extraordinary contributions to wildlife and the natural world, on Thursday, November 14 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing at 6 p.m.


Philadelphia Zoo Announces Third Annual K-12 UNLESS Contest 
Philadelphia Zoo Announces the third annual Albert M. Greenfield Foundation UNLESS Contest for grades K-12. Over the past two years, more than 5,400 students from 113 schools in the Delaware Valley region have participated in the UNLESS Contest, creating awareness that will inspire solutions and actions to impact the future of wildlife.

Celebrate Halloween with Philadelphia Zoo's Annual "Boo at the Zoo"
The Philadelphia Zoo will host its annual two-weekend “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 19th, Sunday, October 20th, Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Philadelphia Zoo to Host 4th Annual PRIDE Day
Philadelphia Zoo welcomes LGBTs and allies for the 4th annual PRIDE Day at the Zoo. The Zoo, along with partnering organizations including the William Way LGBT Community Center, will host a fun-filled day of activities and programs to entertain and educate community members and supporters of all ages on Saturday, October 12th.

Chief Operating Officer Invited to Visit China to Speak About Innovative New Animal Rotation Trail
Dr. Andrew J. Baker, Chief Operating Officer of the Philadelphia Zoo, will travel to Chengdu, China, in September at the invitation of the Animals Asia Foundation to speak at the China Association of Zoological Gardens conference about an innovative first-in-the-world , multi-phase animal travel and exploration trail system in development at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Philadelphia Zoo Receives $6M Grant from the William Penn Foundation to Blaze a New Trail
The Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to announce a $6 million grant from the William Penn Foundation, whose philanthropy is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region by investing in great public spaces to serve the cultural and recreational needs of the City’s expanding urban core.

Cause of Death Confirmed for Jabari, Philadelphia Zoo's Western Lowland Gorilla
Philadelphia Zoo announced today the cause of death for Jabari, the iconic 28-year-old male western lowland gorilla who died in August while under anesthesia. 

Philadelphia Zoo Snow Leopard Cubs Undergo Surgery
The Philadelphia Zoo’s two snow leopard cubs, a male and a female born on May 26, 2013, underwent  minor surgery to correct eyelid abnormalities. In an ongoing collaboration, the Philadelphia Zoo worked with specialists from Penn Vet on the surgery.

Jabari, the Philadelphia Zoo's 28-Year-Old Western Lowland Gorilla, Dies
The Philadelphia Zoo today announced Jabari, a 28-year-old male western lowland gorilla, died this afternoon while under anesthesia.

Philadelphia Zoo Announces the Birth of Snow Leopard Cubs
The Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to welcome two new snow leopard cubs! Maya, the Zoo’s 6-year-old female snow leopard, gave birth to three cubs in the late evening of Sunday, May 26th.

Philadelphia Zoo to Host 5th Annual Summer Ale Festival
Philadelphia Zoo will bring regional craft beers and delicious local cuisine to its 42-acre garden on Saturday, July 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., rain or shine. An annual favorite, Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival combines an exceptional sampling of food and drink from the Greater Philadelphia area with brilliantly colored birds, majestic great apes, astonishing big cats and other wildlife that call America’s first zoo home for a unique, adults-only experience.

Philadelphia Zoo Announces Two Family-Friendly Summer Events
Philadelphia Zoo is proud to bring back two guest-favorite events for summer 2013, PECO Primate Jungle Days and the Rock n Roar Concert Series.

Philadelphia Zoo to Announce the Winners of the Second Annual Albert M. Greenfield Foundation UNLESS Contest
Philadelphia Zoo will announce the winners of the 2013 Albert M. Greenfield Foundation UNLESS Contest for grades K-12 on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. This year the Zoo is focusing its creativity, resources and efforts on a common goal—saving energy to save wildlife, educating and engaging visitors about the positive correlation between simple, everyday choices around saving electricity, conserving water and recycling and saving wildlife and the environment.

Philadelphia Zoo Announces Partnering Colleges & Universities for the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Zoo CREW Scholarship Fund On Tuesday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m., Philadelphia Zoo will announce the colleges and universities that have signed on as partners of the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Zoo CREW Scholarship Fund totaling $1,000,000 over the next 10 years.

Become the Ultimate Wildlife Warrior This Summer
Back better than ever for the 2013 season, Philadelphia Zoo's "Wildlife Warriors Summer Camp" now offers campers even more opportunities for hands-on learning and up-close personalized animal experiences.

Greater Philadelphia and Elmwood Park Host Cinco de Rhino Fundraiser
Local zoo keepers from the Philadelphia area are partnering with American Association of Zoo Keepers (AZA) to host a unique fundraiser for the conservation of rhinos and the ecosystems they inhabit. The event, called Cinco de Rhino Walk/Ride, will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013, to coincide with Cinco de Mayo

Philadelphia Zoo Unveils $24 Million Transportation Center
The Philadelphia Zoo’s transformation continues as it unveils the Centennial District Intermodal Transportation Center, a project that will improve the visitor experience with the opening of a new parking garage today, and the addition of new sustainable landscaping and dramatically improved streetscape lighting and traffic signaling.

Merlin, a 21-year old African Lion at the Philadelphia Zoo Dies
The Philadelphia Zoo announced today that Merlin, a 21-year-old male African lion, was euthanized on Sunday due to the recent decline in his medical condition. Zoo veterinarians confirmed that respiratory insufficiency secondary to pulmonary edema led to the euthanasia decision. At 21, Merlin exceeded the typical lifespan for his species.

KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children's Zoo & Faris Family Education Center Set to Open Saturday, April 13 at Philadelphia Zoo
The wait is almost over. Home to America’s first children’s zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo today announced its new KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center will officially open to the public on Saturday April 13, 2013.

Philadelphia Zoo to Hold 3rd Annual Conservation Gala
On Thursday, November 1, 2012, the Philadelphia Zoo will host its 3rd Annual Global Conservation Gala, honoring innovators in the world of conservation. The 2012 honorees are the Hamilton Family, Girl Scouts Rhiannon Tomitshen and Madison Vorva; Project ORANGS and the Zoo CREW—Zoo Champions for Restoring Endangered Wildlife.

Celebrate Halloween at the Annual "Boo at the Zoo"
The Philadelphia Zoo will host the annual two-weekend “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st and Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Philadelphia Zoo's Tammy Schmidt to Participate in Polar Bear International's Leadership Camp
Philadelphia Zoo’s Curator of Carnivores Tammy Schmidt will travel to the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, in early October for a week-long Communicators Leadership Camp sponsored by Polar Bears International (PBI), the world’s leading polar bear conservation group.

New Spots are Coming to the Philadelphia Zoo
The transformation of the Philadelphia Zoo continues as it prepares to welcome 683 new “spots” at today’s ground breaking for The Centennial District Intermodal Transportation Center Project, an effort that will improve the visitor experience at the Zoo with the addition of a parking garage, new sustainable landscaping and dramatically improved streetscape lighting and traffic signaling.

Philadelphia Zoo Unveils Great Ape Trail
The Philadelphia Zoo experience continues to be transformed for both animals and guests with today’s opening of the Great Ape Trail, the second piece of the Zoo’s new campus-wide travel and exploration trail network. It’s the first such exploration trail network in the world.

Shoemaker/Perryman to Build 683-Space Parking Garage at Philadelphia Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo announced that Shoemaker/Perryman, a Joint Venture will build the much-anticipated parking garage to be completed in spring 2013. The garage is part of the Centennial District Intermodal Transportation Center which will increase parking capacity and improve traffic, safety, storm water management and aesthetics in the area.

Zoo Welcomes New Female Lion
The Philadelphia Zoo recently welcomed another addition with the arrival of African lion Tajiri—which means “rich” in Swahili—to the First Niagara Big Cat Falls exhibit. The big cat, born in March 2010, came from the Racine Zoo and is settling in well to her new environment. She will debut to the public on Friday, April 6th.

Seminar: An Intimate Evening with Primatologist Dr. Carel van Shaik
The Philadelphia Zoo, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Penn Undergraduate Anthropology Society present an evening with Dr. Carel van Schaik a preeminent primatologist, Professor and Director of the Anthropological Institute & Museum and the University of Zurich, Switzerland on Monday, April 16th at 6pm in Penn Museum’s Rainey Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Zoning Approved for Parking Garage at Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo received zoning approval yesterday for a 683-space parking garage to be completed by spring 2013. The garage will be a part of The Centennial District Intermodal Transportation Center Project and will fulfill two main objectives: increasing parking capacity and bettering the overall environment with new lighting, landscaping, and traffic enhancements.

Zoo Welcomes New Male African Lion
The Philadelphia Zoo just welcomed another addition with the arrival of African lion Makini—which means which means “dignity” in Swahili-African dialect to the First Niagara Big Cat Falls exhibit.

University UNLESS Prize
In a groundbreaking initiative, the Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first Zoo, is inviting university students across the United States to join their efforts to save the critically endangered orangutan by competing to win the 2012 University UNLESS Prize.

Doctors from CHOP and Philadelphia Zoo Access Gorilla's Cardiac Health
As part of a physical exam, cardiologists from the Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were invited to join veterinarians from the Philadelphia Zoo in assessing the cardiac health of a 33-year-old, 207-pound female gorilla named Kivu.

Philadelphia Zoo's African Elephant Moves to New Facility
Officials from the Philadelphia Zoo, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced today that Kallie, a female African elephant formerly from the Philadelphia Zoo, will move from the Pittsburgh Zoo’s International Conservation Center (ICC) to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s new $25 million African Elephant Crossing.

Snow Leopard Cub to Undergo 2nd Eyelid Surgery
On October 12, the Philadelphia Zoo’s two snow leopard cubs had minor surgery to correct eyelid abnormalities. This week one of the cubs will have a second surgery to further correct the condition called upper eyelid coloboma.

Philadelphia Zoo Snow Leopard Cubs to Undergo Surgery
The Philadelphia Zoo’s two snow leopard cubs, born on June 2011, will undergo minor surgery to correct eyelid abnormalities. The cubs are otherwise developing well, weigh about 20 pounds each, and are playing, eating, running and jumping normally.

Philadelphia Zoo Elects H. Craig Lewis to Board of Directors
The Philadelphia Zoo recently announced the election of H. Craig Lewis to its Board of Directors.

Zoo Announces Groundbreaking K-12 UNLESS Contest to Help Save Orangutans from Extinction
In a groundbreaking initiative, the Philadelphia Zoo has launched the UNLESS contest aimed at engaging K-12 classrooms throughout the Delaware Valley region in a unique way to help save orangutans from extinction.

Philadelphia Zoo Appoints New Vice President of Development
The Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg H. Goldman to the role of Vice President of Development.

It's a Boy! Philadelphia Zoo Announces New Jaguar Cub is a Boy
The Philadelphia Zoo confirmed it new addition to its animal family is a boy, the jaguar cub, named Lucha was born on June 3rd, Lucha, meaning “fight” in Spanish, was born to Kanga, the Zoo’s 10 year old Jaguar and her mate, Jutai, age 7 years old.

Philadelphia Zoo Unveils Treetop Trail
The Philadelphia Zoo is excited to unveil its newest exhibit, perhaps its most innovative to date. Treetop Trail is a system of elevated passageways and lookouts situated among the treetops for primates to travel and explore.

Zoo Announces Birth of Snow Leopard Cubs
The Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to welcome two Snow Leopard cubs to its growing animal family. Maya, the Zoo’s 3-year-old female snow leopard, gave birth to two cubs in the afternoon of Thursday, June 9th. This is Maya’s first litter. These cubs are also the first offspring for Amga, the Zoo’s 5-year-old male snow leopard.

Philadelphia Zoo Announces Birth of Jaguar Cub
The Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to welcome a new addition to its animal family. Kanga, the Zoo’s 10 year-old female jaguar, gave birth to one cub on the evening of Friday, June 3 at Jaguar Cubapproximately 10 p.m. Kanga has had 3 previous litters; her other offspring are currently at zoos across the country.

Philadelphia Zoo Welcomes a New Baby White Handed Gibbon
The Philadelphia Zoo is proud to announce its newest arrival, Leo a male white-handed gibbon born to dad Mercury and mom Phoenice. Leo was born on April 7, 2011.

Traffic Improvement
The Philadelphia Zoo, next month, will begin final design on much-anticipated traffic and access-related improvements. Benefitting Philadelphia Zoo visitors and the neighboring cultural attractions and communities, improvements will ultimately include significant enhancements to traffic flow, pedestrian safety and the overall environment around the Zoo and its neighboring Centennial and Parkside Communities.

The AZA Honors Zoo with Significan Achievement Exhibit Award
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) honors the Philadelphia Zoo with the Significant Achievement Exhibit Award for its McNeil Avian Center. With this award, the AZA recognizes excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit design by an AZA accredited organization both nationally and internationally.

Zoo Announces Groundbreaking Admission Program
The Philadelphia Zoo is giving back to the Philadelphia community in an unprecedented way. On June 4, 2010, Zoo President & CEO Vik Dewan will announce the Zoo’s new community access program.