Winter Fun at the Zoo
Winter is one of the best times to visit the Zoo. With cooler temperatures comes an even greater opportunity to see our animals up-close, as many of them actively enjoy the season’s weather. But if escaping the winter chill is what you’re looking for, look no further - a visit can take you to many exotic destinations around the world…right here (indoors) at Philadelphia Zoo!
Here’s a peek behind the doors of some of our favorite indoor spots at the Zoo!
McNeil Avian Center
Marvel at spectacular birds from around the world as you engage your senses in the exotic colors and sounds of a tropical rainforest, an African savannah and a Central American coffee plantation. What’s more, a multi-sensory 4-D theater invites you to follow Otis the oriole on his first migration south from where he hatched in Fairmount Park to his winter habitat in Central America.
Experience this state-of-the-art wildlife academy as you immerse yourself in a world teeming with coral reef fish, butterflies, parakeets, desert ants and other amazing animals. This exciting indoor and outdoor exhibit offers dynamic displays and hands-on learning. Discover the extraordinary abilities of ordinary animals as your family watches just-hatched baby chicks or crawls through a giant ant tunnel.
PECO Primate Reserve
Encounter some of the world’s most fascinating mammals as you get up close with western lowland gorillas, Sumatran orangutans, white-handed gibbons, squirrel monkeys and black-and-white ruffed lemurs as they swing and swoop around this ever-changing habitat. Come face to face with an aye-aye and get as close as you can to these most unusual and endangered nocturnal primates.
Small Mammal House
Discover some of the world's more modest-sized mammals at Small Mammal House. Meet our merry meerkat mob scurrying through their tunnels or our sloth pair conserving energy high in the treetops. Even encounter one of the world's smallest primates, the pygmy marmoset, as you visit the smaller members of the animal kingdom.
Reptile and Amphibian House
Ssslither over to Philadelphia Zoo’s Reptile and Amphibian house to discover the world of cold-blooded animals from around the globe. Meet amazing creatures like Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises, two species known to live over 100 years, encounter green anacondas, the world’s largest snake, or visit our baby West African dwarf crocodile born August 2016.