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Philadelphia Zoo sets events to celebrate its 150th anniversary

Since July 1, 1874, the Philadelphia Zoo has been welcoming guests from around the world to view its collection of animals.

Now, 150 years later, America’s first zoo is still going strong.

“Philadelphia Zoo has welcomed nearly 100 million guests since the zoo first opened its gates 150 years ago, connecting generations of families to the wonders of wildlife, and we cannot wait to celebrate this major milestone with the community that made us,” says President and CEO Dr. Jo-Elle Mogerman. “As we mark this moment, we also celebrate 50 years of continuous accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, demonstrating our commitment to excellence and the highest standards in animal care and welfare.”

Guests can experience the zoo with a 150th flair June 28-June 30.

The first 150 guests will receive a commemorative “150 Years of Philly Zoo” pin.

The zoo’s animal habitats will have additional 150th-themed animal enrichment, and the Conservation Education team will be hosting additional activities, including a daily history tour starting at 10:30 a.m. on Impala Plaza.

The zoo will be celebrating its 150th grand opening anniversary in style on July 1. A brass band will greet guests as they enter from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dietz & Watson will also be selling $1.50 hot dogs at the zoo to celebrate. The zoo’s animal habitats will also have additional 150th-themed animal enrichment and the Conservation Education team will be hosting additional activities.

Also, July 1, Wawa Welcome America will be hosting the Philadelphia Zoo 150th Anniversary Celebration just outside from 1 to 5 p.m.

Guests of all ages can enjoy complimentary food samples, performances, face painting, arts and crafts, games and more. The free celebration will also feature unique opportunities to see some of your favorite animals and learn about the zoo in a unique way.

Enjoy complimentary admission from 3 to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

As guests entered the zoo on the first day, they were greeted by a lively brass band before taking a stroll through the Victorian gardens and visiting nearly 600 animals, which included a pair of curassows donated by President Ulysses S. Grant.

To celebrate this historic achievement and thank Philadelphia and the region for being a part of its story for the last 150 years, the zoo will be hosting additional celebrations, ticket and membership deals, and giveaways and contests for fans of all ages.

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