Just Days from Superbowl LII, AZA Zoos Make a Friendly Wager

Philadelphia, PA – (January 30, 2018) – Just days away from the Eagles-Patriots Superbowl LII extravaganza, AZA accredited zoos from both regions have teamed up to make a friendly mission-centric wager.  What’s at stake?  A little house cleaning for the losing zoo’s CEO, who will have to dress in the winning team’s jersey and clean an animal exhibit, as well as donate $1,000 each to a mission-centric program of the winning zoo’s choice. The six participating zoos include: Zoo New England, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, Elmwood Park Zoo, and Lehigh Valley Zoo.

“We are excited for the Eagles to face off against the Patriots this coming Sunday at Superbowl LII. This team is the definition of hard work, determination and perseverance, all attributes needed to bring Philadelphia its first Superbowl win. We look forward to cheering them to victory,” says Vikram H. Dewan, Philadelphia Zoo President & CEO. “This wager also shines a light on AZA institutions and their focus on conservation and education as well as providing exceptional animal care, memorable guest experiences and efforts to save wildlife,” says Dewan.

If the Eagles win, Philadelphia Zoo, Elmwood Park Zoo, and Lehigh Valley Zoo will receive donations from the zoos in New England that will go directly to programs revolving around conservation and education. At Philadelphia Zoo, the money will go to its Zoo CREW program, a multi-year youth mentoring and engagement program that creates conservation-minded, civically engaged citizens. At Elmwood Park Zoo, the money will be earmarked for a conservation partner that the zoo feels represents its mission of educating guests and inspiring their active participation in conservation. At Lehigh Valley Zoo, the money will go directly toward programs that annually educate over 42,000 community children on the importance of nature and animal conservation.

To follow along with the friendly wager on social media, visit Philadelphia Zoo, Elmwood Park Zoo, and Lehigh Valley Zoo on each zoo’s channels.

Fly Eagles Fly!

About Philadelphia Zoo:
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 gorillas, giraffes, hippos, polar bear, white rhino, zebras, red pandas, Amur tigers and more at America’s first Zoo. Explore a 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. For more information on Philadelphia Zoo, as well as to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at

About Elmwood Park Zoo:
Established in 1924, the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown is home to dozens of wild and endangered species. As a non-profit organization, the Zoo’s mission is to foster an appreciation for wildlife and the environment that will inspire active participation in conservation.  For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit

About the Lehigh Valley Zoo:
As a non-profit organization located in Schnecksville, Pa., Lehigh Valley Zoological Society was founded in 2004, but as a treasured community landmark, the Zoo’s history spans over a century. Founded in 1906 by General Harry C. Trexler, a local industrialist, the Lehigh Valley’s Trexler Game Preserve has educated and entertained millions of guests. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Lehigh Valley Zoo hosts year-round, family-friendly events and activities, educational programs, and camps. With a mission to create a safe, engaging and enlightening wildlife experience for guests of all ages, the Zoo demonstrates leadership in the cultural, scientific and conservation communities. To learn more about Lehigh Valley Zoo, we invite you to visit our website,