First impression not so good: are we going to a zoo or a prison? But we found free parking!!!!!
The first exhibit after the main gate is the Rare Animal Conservation Center. This building I must admit is nothing special, no huge fancy enclosures like in some of the other zoos I've been to but these were mainly just small monkeys (or related species) and most zoos have similar spaces. But I was still a bit skeptical. Kyle and I have been members or frequent visitors of the Calgary Zoo, Toronto Zoo and the National Zoo in D.C. All three of these zoos have new buildings with great spaces for animals so I expect this in all Zoos and so far this one was letting me down.
Well I must say I judged this zoo too quickly as it turned out to be much better than I initially though and I like come of the ethical decisions this zoo made (they decided to move their Elephants to another zoo as they could not come up with the funds to build a large enough enclosure for them).
Big Cat Falls was an amazing exhibit with nice big spaces for the cats and interesting enclosures. I like it when you are taken on a kind of tour rather than just animal after animal in a building.
Don't worry the Lion can't eat you
This zoo even had animals I had never seen or heard of before:
Okapi - looks like a zebra/giraffe
The primate reserve where the gorillas and orangutan live and is really entertaining for both mammals inside and outside the glass. There is a super cute baby orangutan who was very entertaining.
Play with me mom
I must admit the zoo was quite a bit bigger than I had expected and we all had a great time.
Even the otters were having a splash
While I will fully admit this is not the best zoo on the planet and the small mammal house was a bit sad (it needs a face lift) it was pretty good considering it's Americas oldest zoo. The vast majority of the zoo was kid friendly (more than can be said for the National Zoo). If you are looking for something to do in the Philly area or have bought the City Pass I'd check out this zoo, it's worth your time. They even have a giant hot air balloon to ride when the weather is nice (too much wind for us or we would have gone for sure).
Tavish was getting tired (his first trip in the Ergo - I bought he Ergo for Callen)
so we were ready to head to our hotel