Hello all! I hope you are all staying cool on this very hot day.
Today Mommy Daddy and Allie took a trip to the zoo. Might have been a bad idea with the heat. But, Allie had a good time. That is all I really care about anyway.
A little about The Philadelphia Zoo:
“The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia’s leading family attraction with over 1.35 million visitors last year.
Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. The charter establishing the Zoological Society of Philadelphia was approved and signed on March 21, 1859. Due to the Civil War, however, it was another 15 years before America’s first zoo was ready to open.
It opened its gates on July 1, 1874. The Frank Furness Victorian gates and gatehouses, and the Zoo’s location, are the same today as they were on the day it opened. One of its assets, then and now, is John Penn’s home, The Solitude, which sat on the land chosen for the Zoo. John Penn was the grandson of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. The Solitude is considered to be Philadelphia’s most precise and elegant expression of neoclassical style.
On opening day, flags flew, and a brass band welcomed more than 3,000 visitors. Admission was 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children, a rate that held for the next half century. Visitors came on foot, on streetcars, by horse and carriage, and every 15 minutes by steamboat on the Schuylkill River, landing at the Zoo’s own wharf. The Girard Avenue Bridge opened three days later.
Since the early 1700s, the idea of an American zoo was inspired by English settlers with a keen interest in wildlife and by sailors and hunters who returned from faraway lands with exotic animals they’d never seen before. People would gather and pay shillings to see animals such as lions and elephants displayed at places like general stores and museums. As a hub of scientific inquiry and discovery over many years, Philadelphia’s well-known leaders of the time began to formulate the idea of a zoo. In the mid-1850’s, a prominent Philadelphia physician, Dr. William Camac-the Zoo’s founding father-became involved and led the way to making America’s first zoo a reality.
In its first year of operation, it had 813 animals and received well over 228,000 visitors. Today, the Zoo has more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals, and its attendance is approximately 1.35 million visitors a year.”
I got a lot of great pictures this time. Most of the other times we went to the zoo, we weren’t able to see a lot of the smaller animals. This time I got some good pictures of little furry guys I really wanted to see.
We have a membership and we all love the animals so we usually go about 2-3 times a month weather permitting. Animals are so beautiful 🙂
Here we go….
This was Allie and mommy while we were getting ready to go.
The lion statue outside of the Zoo is really cool
Cute little meerkats 🙂
This one was so cute rolling around in the dirt.
The Giraffe just happens to be one of my favorite animals
Very tired Red Panda
This was the first time we even got to see these guys at all. I was very excited to get their picture even though they were sleeping 🙂
These guys are very smart to stay under the water
Look at that rhino 🙂
Such a pretty Zebra!
Here’s looking at you, kid.
Philadelphia Zoo Balloon
Lazy Tiger day
Look at her face. She is such a beautiful lion!
Really cool statue made of recycled objects
Lucky Lemurs 🙂
Amazing Orangutan 🙂
Silly guy wearing a bowl on his head 🙂
I’m not sure exactly what these guys are :/
I was waiting for this guy to turn around but he didn’t want to 🙂
He seems so deep in thought 🙂
I feel like he looked into my soul 🙂
Enjoying the water fountain
So that is all for today. I will definitely do this type of post again. I love documenting a trip like this and sharing it.
Have a wonderful weekend. Hope I didn’t bore you to much.
Allie’s Mommy 😛
P.S. Let me know what topics you would like to read about in the future, Always open to new ideas. 🙂