May 15, 2015 |
Honi and Kira spared no time exploring their new gorilla highway through the trees above the Philadelphia Zoo. Motuba, the zoo's male silverback, was the shy one: He climbed the stairs and then retreated to a more familiar field in the gorilla enclosure. The overhead path that opened Wednesday is the fourth in a series of trails that have been lauded as not only innovative but transformative for zoos, taking the experience - for the animals that live there as much as the Homo sapiens who visit - into new realms.
April 18, 2015 |
Amazing animal sculptures made from recycled material will be on display at the Philadelphia Zoo through Oct. 31. "Second Nature" features works by 12 artists from around the globe (including some from Philly) using recycled and repurposed materials, like a pink eight-foot crocodile made entirely of chewing gum. Philly artist Leo Sewell shows off his 175-pound rhinoceros sculpted from 250 silver serving trays collected from scrap piles, junk sales, and curbsides. Sculptures range from bunnies and gorillas to flowers made from a car hood.
April 9, 2015 |
A CROCODILE made of bubblegum, a giant gorilla composed of car parts and tiny creatures carved from crayons are all trying to tell you something: Recycling is important, and our everyday actions have an effect on our friends in the animal kingdom. "Second Nature," opening Saturday, is the Philadelphia Zoo's latest feature experience. The exhibit's name holds a two-pronged meaning: Trash gets a second life in art pieces, and recycling can become "second nature" to humans. "Second Nature" is free with regular zoo admission.
April 8, 2015 |
A LINE OF TRAFFIC stretched from the Philadelphia Zoo across Center City and into New Jersey yesterday. "Yes, and we were in it," said Lee, a woman who led a group of 60 kids and 10 adults from a YMCA in Princeton, N.J. Their two-bus caravan took 2 1/2 hours to get to the zoo, then faced a serpentine line to pick up tickets to get in, said Lee, who didn't want her last name published. Zoo staff seemed ready for the crush of people, even if the roads were not. "The zoo is lively and a great place to be right now," said Dana Lombardo, zoo spokeswoman.
February 4, 2015 |
Joseph T. Steuer, 63, of Blue Bell, chief financial officer and treasurer of the Philadelphia Zoo, died Saturday, Jan. 31, of brain cancer at home. Mr. Steuer's 14 years with the zoo were a period of growth and change. The institution added exhibits and visitor amenities, renewed its focus on the health and welfare of its animals, advanced the mission of wildlife conservation, and expanded its educational services. At the same time, Mr. Steuer delivered "record financial results," said the zoo's CEO, Vikram Dewan.
January 13, 2015 |
The deep freeze that gripped much of the nation last week and snarled travel, shut schools, filled homeless shelters, and led some zoos to bring penguins inside was just perfect for Holly the German giant bunny, who lives at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. "When it's like this, she really likes to go outside," Sam Navarino, the zoo's education manager, said Sunday at the first Breakfast With the Animals program this year. The theme, not surprisingly, was "Creature Comforts," with Navarino explaining why some zoo animals love the bone-freezing weather.
October 18, 2014 |
Put on your costume or dress as your favorite character Saturday and Sunday for the Philadelphia Zoo's Halloween extravaganza "Boo at the Zoo. " In addition to a creepy fun celebration, learn about the zoo's inhabitants at the Sustainable Palm Zone. If you want to get spooked, take a stroll through the Extinction Graveyard to learn about extinct species around the world. There will be games, goodies, treats and music. "Boo at the Zoo," 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, to 4 p.m. after Nov. 1. Activities: $20, $18 ages 2 to 11, free members and 1 and younger.
October 1, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Zoo's lone mechanic was killed in the zoo's garage yesterday when he was crushed by a golf cart that fell on top of him as he was repairing it, according to police and the man's co-workers. When Jim Borger, 57, a married father of three, didn't show up to a regularly scheduled meeting at 10 a.m. yesterday, his supervisor sent another employee to find him, according to a zoo co-worker who asked not to be identified. Borger was found under the golf cart in the garage at 11:08 a.m., police said.
October 1, 2014 |
A Philadelphia Zoo employee was killed Monday morning after a golf cart apparently fell on him, police said. Zoo communications director Dana Lombardo said the man, whose identity authorities have not disclosed, was 59 and had been a mechanic for 14 years. His duties included working on the zoo's fleet of golf carts. It was unclear to police and zoo officials how the cart ended up on top of the mechanic. "Basically, we had a really traumatic incident happen here this morning," Lombardo said.
July 9, 2014 |
Four lion cubs were born in the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, June 26, the zoo announced Monday, making them the first lions born there in nearly two decades. The new cubs will not be available for viewing for about three months. Tajiri, the 4-year-old first-time mother, will remain with then for the duration and be monitored via video cameras. LONeal@phillynews.com 215-854-2619 @LydsONeal