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. Philadelphia Zoo Hosts 5th Annual Global Conservation Gala
Philadelphia Zoo will host its 5th Annual Global Conservation Gala, an occasion that honors individuals, families and organizations for extraordinary contributions to wildlife and the natural world, on Thursday, November 13th 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 Announces Fourth Annual K-12 UNLESS Contest
Philadelphia Zoo Announces the fourth annual Albert M. Greenfield Foundation UNLESS Contest for grades K-12. Over the past three years the Zoo has engaged more than 10,000 schoolchildren from more than 200 schools in the Delaware Valley region as part of this initiative, creating awareness that will inspire solutions and actions to impact the future of wildlife. Together with these students, the Zoo has worked to address two key conservation issues – habitat destruction related to palm oil production and the global impacts of climate change.
KidZooU Honored as a Winner of the 2014 Groundbreaker Project Award
Philadelphia Zoo announced that it was honored by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) as a winner of the 2014 Groundbreaker Project Award for its KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center.
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 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Philadelphia Zoo’s KidZooU Recognized for Top Honors in Exhibit Design
Philadelphia Zoo today announced that its new children’s zoo and wildlife academy, KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center, has received Top Honors in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ 2014 Award for Exhibit Design. This annual award represents the highest honor for new exhibits and recognizes excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit design by an AZA-accredited Institution (U.S. or International) or Related Facility member.