The oldest zoo in the United States is the Philadelphia Zoo, it opened on July 1, 1874.
- On opening day there were 3,000 visitors
- The admission cost stayed the same during the first 50 years. An adult had an admission cost of 25 cents while children were 10 cents.
- They intended to build the zoo earlier but the Civil War delayed it 15 years.
- In 1928, the Philadelphia Zoo had the first successful birth of an orangutan and chimpanzee in the U.S.
- According to the zoo’s website, “In its first year of operation, the Philadelphia Zoo 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 1.1 million visitors a year.”
[Photo and Information – Philadelphia Zoo]