10 Fun facts about the Philadelphia zoo

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  • The oldest zoo in the United States is the Philadelphia Zoo and it opened on July 1, 1874.
  • When the Philadelphia Zoo first opened, admission tickets cost 25 cents for an adult and a child cost 10 cents.
  • The Philadelphia Zoo was supposed to be built in 1859. The Civil War delayed it 15 years, so that’s why it was built in 1874.
  • In 1928, the Philadelphia Zoo had the first chimpanzee in the U.S.A.
  • The Philadelphia Zoo has over 1,300 rare endangered animals in the zoo.
  • The zoo has over 850 common animals or animals that are not by here but just still not endangered.
  • In the 1700’s, the English settlers had hopes of creating a zoo in Philadelphia.
  • Philadelphia Zoo has a male alligator and snapping turtle that are at least 100 years old.
  • The Philadelphia Zoo has the first chimpanzees, cheetahs, and orangutans born in captivity in the U.S.
  • The Philadelphia Zoo had ghost hunters come and they caught ghost in several buildings.

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