Philadelphia’s Zoo Was a First in America. It’s Community Service Continues to This Day.

If you are looking for the perfect pairing of commitment to the community in Philadelphia, you’ve picked a great combination with the Eagles and the Philadelphia Zoo. The Eagles dedication to the community continues this August 8th which is yet another Eagles Fly Night at the Zoo. The private, virtual event, is reserved for the families of children undergoing treatment for cancer. The virtual event, which features insight from the Zoo Keepers and information about the Philadelphia Zoo. Jr. 76ers and Kids Club events have also been held at the Zoo.

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Our Philadelphia Zoo was the first of its kind in America. Originally chartered in 1859, the Zoo project was unable to open until 1874 due to the American Civil War. Our Philadelphia Zoo wasn’t just first in America. It houses the first onsite animal care center world-wide and was again first in America to offer a Children’s Zoo as well as orangutan and chimpanzee births in 1928.

The Philadelphia Zoo is displayed six giant wooden Trolls designed by Thomas Dalbo from February 1st until April 1, 2024. The exhibit, called Save the Humans can be viewed for the price of admission to the Philadelphia Zoo. The giant sculptures are made 100% from recycled wood.

Thomas Dambo hails from Odense, Denmark where he was born in 1979. Dambo’s motivation is the creation of art that combines nature, exploration, and adventure in the outdoors and to show the world that recycled goods can be transformed into gorgeous artwork.

The Zoo is complete with Galapagos Tortoises — one of which is Molly — who is 98-years old. She’s seen a lot in her life, including visits from my parents and grandparents, and great grandparents as well.

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