As vegans, we don’t support circuses. We do support zoos that strive for conservation and education. The Philadelphia Zoo meets both of these requirements with their Zoo360 program. In the past few years, the Philadelphia Zoo has undergone several renovations (including the much improved children’s exploration center: KidZooU, but I’ll save that for another post). They have begun to incorporate exploration trails for their animals, so they can expand their environments.
You may spot these tunnels winding their way around the Philadelphia Zoo’s campus. If you’re lucky, you’ll see animals crossing above you! We were able to watch a tiger use the crossing on our last visit, but I wasn’t quick enough with my camera.
Sometimes you’ll catch animals resting in the tunnels. (I’m almost certain that they are people watching.) We have caught monkeys chasing each other and playing in the treetop trail crossings!
In all of our visits there, I have learned that gorillas are real performers. They know when they are being watched and often they will put on a show. (I’m definitely thinking back to the time they came up and banged on the window and scared the living daylights out of everyone that was watching them from inside…myself included!)
Great news! These guys are going to be getting an expansion all their own! We’re really excited to get to see them travel around the zoo. Hopefully Zoo360 will act as a model for zoos around the country. It would be great if all zoo animals were provided with more freedom like the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo.
What is your must see animal when you go to the zoo?