|Today we drove toward Philadelphia and visited the zoo. Driving distance was only about 45 miles, but like all big cities the last 5 miles took the longest.
The Philadelphia Zoo was chartered March 21, 1859, but opening was delayed by the Civil War to July 1, 1874. When the zoo opened it had 1,000 animals and the admission fee was 25 cents.
Today the 42 acre zoo has 1,300 animals and cost adults $18.00 plus $12.00 to park.
The zoo is well known for its successful breeding programs. The first big cat birth was a litter of lions in 1875. Since the zoo opened over 100 lions have been born here. Today we saw a two-year old female lion who has come to the zoo and has been on display only 3 weeks.
We had a good time walking around and seeing the animals and, of course, we took lots of pictures.
Tomorrow we plan to ride the train into Philadelphia and do the historic stuff.