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Philadelphia Zoo to Host Annual Global Conservation Gala
On Wednesday October 11, 2017, Philadelphia Zoo will host its 8th Annual Global Conservation Gala, honoring individuals for their extraordinary contributions in conservation. 

Philadelphia Zoo to Host its Annual Halloween Extravaganza Boo at the Zoo
Philadelphia Zoo is set to host its annual Halloween extravaganza –Boo at the Zoo--on October 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th from 10am-4pm. Guests are encouraged to come in costume, visit their favorite animals and take a trick- or- treat safari through the Zoo. 

Zoo Sweeps National Awards at  Annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Conference
Philadelphia Zoo announced today that it received “Top Honors” in multiple categories including Marketing, Sustainability and Exhibit Innovation at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Annual 2017 Conference, the largest, most comprehensive zoo and aquarium professionals’ event in the country. 

Philadelphia Zoo Appoints New Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Philadelphia Zoo announced today that  Douglas Bohr has been named Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, a newly-created leadership position that will support the integration of the Zoo’s upcoming site master plan, strategic plan and capital campaign.

PECO and Philadelphia Zoo Launch Browse Program
PECO and Philadelphia Zoo launched their latest endeavor: the Philadelphia Zoo Browse Program, where PECO will provide the Zoo with weekly deliveries of leaves and branches collected as part of PECO’s preventative tree trimming program. 

OKC Zoo Receives Rare Amur Tiger Cub From Philadelphia Zoo
On Friday, July 21, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden received a female Amur tiger cub born at Philadelphia Zoo named Zoya, meaning “life” in Russian. The Oklahoma City Zoo staff, working closely with Philadelphia Zoo staff, has integrated the cub with a litter of three Sumatran tiger cubs born here two weeks ago and is seeing early signs of success.

Philadelphia Zoo Sadly Announces Death of Sumatran Orangutan Newborn
Philadelphia Zoo announced today that a baby Sumatran orangutan born July 9 did not survive. Although the baby appeared to behave normally through the afternoon and early evening of its birth, it died overnight. 

Philadelphia Zoo Names New Baby Gorilla
The Zoo uses creative method to naming the new infant inviting the gorilla troop to participate and mom Kira making final choice.

Philadelphia Zoo Debuts New Baby Gorilla
After prolonged labor, human doctors assist zoo veterinarians and perform a delivery with forceps-a rare occurrence when delivering a gorilla baby.

Philadelphia Zoo and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Announce Three-Year Partnership
Philadelphia Zoo and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children today announced a three-year partnership that will serve the youngest and most precious members of our communities and their families.

Philadelphia Zoo to Host Annual Summer Ale Festival 
Tickets are now on sale for Philadelphia Zoo’s Summer Ale Festival, a sensational summer event happening throughout the Zoo’s gardens. 

Philadelphia Zoo's Watering Hole Opens April 15
Philadelphia Zoo’s open-air beer garden, sponsored by Victory Brewing Company, will open for the season on Saturday April 15th.  

Philadelphia Zoo Announces Gorilla Pregnancy
Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to announce that Kira, a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla, is pregnant and the baby is expected early summer.

Zenda, Philadelphia Zoo's 25-year-old Female African Lion, Dies
Philadelphia Zoo announced today that Zenda, a 25-year-old female African lion, was euthanized on Thursday, December 29th  due to an acute decline in her  mobility and behavior.

Philadelphia Zoo Confirms Gorilla Baby Name and Donates Voting Proceeds to Orphaned Gorillas
Zoo community votes on a favorite name honoring orphaned gorillas living at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zoo donates all proceeds to GRACE’s gorilla care and conservation work.

It’s a Girl! --Philadelphia Zoo Confirms Gender of Gorilla Baby
Zoo encourages the community to vote on a favorite name honoring orphaned gorillas at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo. All proceeds from naming competition benefit GRACE’s gorilla care and conservation work.

Philadelphia Zoo Debuts New Baby Gorilla
Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to welcome a new addition to the family: a western lowland gorilla baby born to Honi, the Zoo’s 21-year-old female and 31-year old Motuba on Friday, August 26th. This is the second birth for Honi and the first birth for Honi and Motuba together. The baby is currently on exhibit along with the rest of the troop in PECO Primate Reserve.

Philadelphia Zoo Unveils 3D Art Installation
Philadelphia Zoo invites guests to experience You360ShotSpot, a got-to-see-it-to-believe-it three dimensional optical illusion, open to the public Thursday, May 5, 2016 through October 2016. You360ShotSpot is a unique customized mural that creates the illusion that guests are teetering on the edge of the Zoo with animals roaming below…when in reality they are standing on a fantastical work of art right on the ground.

Philadelphia Zoo Announces Gorilla Pregnancy
Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to announce that Honi, a 21-year-old western lowland gorilla, is pregnant -- the baby is expected in early fall. Honi’s pregnancy was confirmed through an over-the-counter home pregnancy test, the same test used by humans.

Philadelphia Zoo Announces Red Panda Cubs
Philadelphia Zoo is pleased to announce two red panda cubs, born at the Zoo overnight on June 26, 2015. One male and one female cub were born to parents Basil and Spark, two of the Zoo’s 5-year-old red pandas.

Philadelphia Zoo Hosts 6th Annual Global Conservation Gala 
Philadelphia Zoo will host its 6th Annual Global Conservation Gala, an occasion that honors individuals for extraordinary contributions to wildlife and the natural world, on Thursday, November 12th, 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 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 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children are encouraged to come in costume, visit their favorite animals and trick-or-treat at stations throughout the Zoo, collecting sweets and treats along the way. This wild extravaganza also features spellbinding storytelling, creepy crafts and ghoulish games such as pumpkin bowling, tombstone musical chairs and more.

Klondike, a 34-year-old Polar Bear at Philadelphia Zoo, Dies
The Philadelphia Zoo announced today that Klondike, a 34-year-old female polar bear, was euthanatized this morning due to a recent serious decline in her medical condition. Zoo animal care staff confirmed that she had a noticeable deterioration in her health approximately two weeks ago, including difficulty standing and walking after lying down. After a complete veterinary exam, which included blood tests, x-rays and ultrasound, the team treated her for a urinary tract infection as well as mobility issues. Despite treatment, there was no significant improvement in her condition, and given her advanced age and poor prognosis for return to a good quality of life, zoo staff decided that the best decision would be to humanely euthanize her.  At 34 years old, Klondike exceeded the typical lifespan for her species and was the oldest polar bear in the country at the time of her death. 

Philadelphia Zoo Announces F. William McNabb III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vanguard, as its Chairman of the Board of Directors
Philadelphia Zoo announced the election of F. William McNabb III as its Chairman of the Board of Directors. McNabb has served on the Zoo’s Board since 2006 and on multiple Zoo board committees. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. McNabb will replace Jay H. Calvert Jr., Esq. who served as the Chairman of the Board since 2008.

Philadelphia Zoo to Host 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 25th  from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for Summer Ale Festival.

Philadelphia Zoo Names Matthew Malek as Chief Financial Officer
Philadelphia Zoo announced Matthew (Matt) Malek as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Philadelphia Zoo’s Big Cat Crossing Named Best Zoo Exhibit
Philadelphia Zoo today announced that Big Cat Crossing, part of Zoo360, its revolutionary animal travel and exploration trail system, is the winner in the Best Zoo Exhibit category of USA TODAY’s10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.

Up, up and away in the 6abc ZooBalloon
The new 6abc ZooBalloon was installed at Philadelphia Zoo today, marking its return for the 2015 season. This iconic piece of the Philadelphia skyline will soar 400 feet in the air once again, overlooking giraffes, zebras and more, as passengers take in one-of-a-kind views of Fairmount Park and Center City.

Gorillas Take to the Treetops with Spring 2015 Opening of Gorilla Treeway
Great apes are on the move like never before with the May 16th opening of Gorilla Treeway, the newest addition to Philadelphia Zoo’s first-in-the-world animal travel and exploration trail system, calledZoo360.

Philadelphia Zoo to Open "Second Nature," an Unconventional New Art Exhibit
Philadelphia Zoo invites visitors to experience an unorthodox new art exhibit with the Saturday, April 11, 2015 debut of Second Nature. This larger-than-life array of artist installations, including a magnificent 35-foot tall 9,000-pound tree, tell stories of endangered animals through the use of recycled, reduced, reused, repurposed and renewed materials.

Philadelphia Zoo Answers White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Call for Climate Change Education
Philadelphia Zoo today announced that a new project was recognized by the Obama Administration as an innovative approach to educate and engage students of all ages about climate change. Launching as part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP) Climate Education and Literacy Initiative, which was announced on December 3, 2014, the project allows Philadelphia Zoo to measure the impact of its “Saving Energy to Save Wildlife” message.

The 6abc ZooBalloon Will Fly High Over Philadelphia Once Again
Philadelphia Zoo today announced that the 6abc ZooBalloon will return in spring 2015 after what was believed to be the final season for this iconic piece of the City’s skyline. After a complex insurance negotiation, coupled with tremendous public support and heartfelt requests from the community, Philadelphia Zoo and 6abc have once again come together to make the return of the 6abc ZooBalloon a reality. 

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