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Philadelphia Zoo

Tigers © fPat Murray
Tigers © fPat Murray

Philadelphia's state-of-the-art zoo, opened in 1874, was the first in the United States and today takes first place as one of the world's most renowned zoological gardens with its wonderful animal exhibits, award-winning education and conservation programmes, recreational opportunities, and scientific accomplishments. More than one million visitors a year are drawn to this leading city attraction. Among the special features offered are more than 1,600 rare and exotic animals and 42 acres of picturesque Victorian gardens. Highlights include the Peco Primate Reserve, an interactive exhibit featuring about 10 species of primates; the Rare Animal Conservation Center, allowing intimate views of some of the world's most endangered animals; the Reptile and Amphibian House, which has an interactive adventure path showcasing dozens of species, including the King Cobra; an African animal section; the chance to ascend in a helium balloon; and a children's petting zoo with daily live animal shows.

Address: 3400 West Girard Avenue, Fairmount Park

Website: www.phillyzoo.org