Philadelphia Zoo in United States

Philadelphia Zoo

First elephant arrived1874
Last elephant left2007
Address 3400 West Girard Avenue
Zip-code 19104-1196
Place Philadelphia, PA
Country United States
Website Website

Directors: Fred Ulmer (director)

Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants

Elephant keepers
Record history
History of updates2020-10-01

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Philadelphia Zoo, located at 3400 West Girard Avenue, in Philadelphia, PA, United States , was founded in 1874 and the first elephant arrived in 1874. The last elephant left in 2007.

Comments / picturesThe Philadelphia Zoo, located in Fairmount Park on the west bank of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, was the first zoo in the United States. Chartered by the state on March 21, 1859, its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874.

The Philadelphia Zoo is one of the premier zoos in the world for breeding animals that have been found difficult to breed in captivity. The zoo also works with many groups around the world to protect the natural habitats of the animals in their care.

The zoo comprises 42 acres and is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of which are rare and endangered. The zoo features a children’s zoo, a balloon ride, a paddleboat lake, and many interactive and educational exhibits.

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Philadelphia Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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