Throughout its history, the Philadelphia Zoo has focused on educating the public about exotic animals, promoting and participating in worldwide conservation efforts for endangered wildlife, and providing exceptional recreational opportunities for families.
Today, the Zoo is reaching new heights in all areas of our mission as a conservation, education and recreation organization. Our state-of-the-art animal exhibits and health-care facilities, award-winning education and conservation programs, recreational opportunities, guest services, scientific accomplishments and historically significant venue make the Philadelphia Zoo one of the world's most renowned zoological societies and gardens. The Zoo is also the Philadelphia region's leading family attraction, welcoming more than 1.2 million visitors a year.
The Zoo uses all of its unique and compelling features to inspire people of all ages to action and leadership in support of wildlife conservation.
By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats.
is the leader in establishing and maintaining high standards for zoos and aquariums through an accreditation process. Accreditation is a detailed review and inspection process covering all aspects of an institution's operation including the animal collection; veterinary care; physical facilities; safety; security; finance; staff; governing authority; support organization; involvement in education, conservation, and research; and adherence to AZA policies. To be accredited, an institution must be a permanent cultural facility which owns and maintains wildlife, is open to the public on a regular basis and is under the direction of a professional staff. Accreditation takes place every five years and is required for zoos and aquariums to be members of AZA.