Philadelphia Zoo and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Announce Three-Year Partnership

PHILADELPHIA, PA—(May 4, 2017) —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. The iconic institutions have joined forces to further inspire the community on the topics of safety, health and animals.  As a part of the agreement, Philadelphia Zoo will offer to its guests a Mamava Lactation Suite, sponsored by St. Christopher’s, offering an available resource for mothers to comfortably and privately breastfeed their children.

Located in the atrium of the Rare Animal Conservation Center, this self-contained, mobile pod offers comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump, and a door that can be locked for privacy. The 4-foot by 8-foot pod is meant for individual use, but can fit more than one person, as well as mothers with babies and other children in tow.  “We are happy to now offer moms a private and comfortable spot to breastfeed while at Philadelphia Zoo,” says Amy Shearer, Chief Marketing Officer.

In addition to the nursing suite, St. Christopher’s will “sponsor” all new baby animals born at Philadelphia Zoo this year and participate in upcoming events held at the Zoo. St. Christopher’s will work with the Zoo to further educate the community on important health and safety guidelines by offering specialty tips to individuals that purchase tickets online and sponsoring safety signage around the Zoo grounds.

“We are thrilled to partner with an organization like St. Christopher’s Hospital for
Children,” says Vikram H. Dewan, Philadelphia Zoo President & CEO.
“Both the Zoo and St. Christopher’s are landmark organizations that have served the community for more than 140 years and continue to be a resource for the region,” says Dewan.

“St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is excited to officially announce our new partnership with the Philadelphia Zoo,” says James Burke, Interim Chief Executive Officer at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. “We’re honored to partner with an organization that shares our dedication and commitment to individuals that visit us in our Philadelphia communities. We look forward to all of the exciting details this partnership includes as well as the many activities we will do for the children.”

Animals are on the move like never before at Philadelphia Zoo with Zoo360, a first-in-the-world system of see-through trails passing through treetops, crossing over pathways and connecting habitats, giving animals like amazing big cats, majestic primates and marvelous meerkats the opportunities to travel and explore. Visit our new baby western lowland gorilla, giraffes, hippos, polar bear, white rhino, zebras, red pandas, Amur tigers and more at America’s first Zoo. Explore our 42 acre Victorian garden and enjoy award-winning exhibits like KeyBank Big Cat Falls, PECO Primate Reserve, McNeil Avian Center and KidZooU, a wildlife academy that offers dynamic displays, rare breeds and hands-on experiences.  Philadelphia Zoo is the second highest ticketed attraction in Philadelphia, one of the region's foremost conservation organizations and home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Zoo welcomed more than 1.25 million visitors last year. Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility. 

For more information on, as or to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at Facebook: PhiladelphiaZoo; Instagram: @philadelphiazoo; Twitter: @phillyzoo.

Since 1875, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has been providing exceptional
patient care and advancing new pediatric treatments through research and innovation. Through affiliations with Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital, Temple University School of Medicine, and Albert Einstein Medical Center, St. Christopher’s is a teaching hospital helping to train the next generation of professionals in pediatric medicine. For more than 60 years, the hospital has been dedicated to not only the education and training of physicians; but, that of nurses and other allied health professionals. 

St. Christopher’s is a 189-bed hospital that is committed to delivering high-quality patient and family-centered care to children in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It has a full range of pediatric subspecialists to support the care of its patients and the families it serves. Its highly acclaimed programs include the highest level of pediatric trauma care and neonatal care, a Heart Center, Oncology unit and the only dedicated pediatric burn center in the Philadelphia region. St. Christopher’s also has one of the busiest emergency departments for children in the country, with over 70,000 annual visits.

To learn more about St. Christopher’s, visit or call 1-888-CHRISKIDS (247-4754). Find us on social media at,, on Instagram at @stchrishospital and Twitter at @stchrishospital.