zoo in the winter?
How is the zoo in the off season? Is it worth visiting or are all the animals bundled up inside?
I have visited the zoo in the very cold month of March, and there was still plenty of critters to see.
Originally Posted by 6enny
Some animal displays are also indoors, so you will see them through windows no matter what.
Fur insulates other animals from feeling the cold so much, so they still go outdoors.
In the colder months an added plus is that you won't be bombarded by crowds.
The best time I remember at the zoo was during a light snow...not many people there and all the animals were out.
The zoo is awesome in the winter because it's emptier, and the big cats are much more active then than in the summer.
Always better when it's cooler...less crowd, and most important...less STINK! lol
Yes piles of dung are better at 40 degrees than 95.
It sounds like the animals are well provided for with heat - "Bartos said the lions and the cheetahs don’t love the cold, but they will lay outside on large heat rocks provided by the zoo."
The Philadelphia Zoo is a great place to visit in the colder months | NJ.com
Yes, human needs are the most important - even at the zoo.
Originally Posted by jacoblewis2008
We went on Sunday. It was great, despite the biting cold.
It was a pleasure to be the only people in the reptile house and actually spend some time there.
Our 2yr old son loved it too.
Luvin' my zoo, all year 'round.
Go there on a low humidity, clear day when they are operating the balloon. You will be talking about what you saw for weeks.
As an ADOPT member, I receive regular broadcasts about their winter activity and programs. But being a friend of America's First Zoo, I have never had a bad day there. Bad food, maybe!
Stop by the Waterworks, and take a 15 trolley ride to round out the day, especially for children!!!!
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Visit the Zoo for a unique and festive celebration on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9, and 15 and 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Zoo Noel transforms the Zoo into a winter wonderland featuring life-size replicas of Santa Claus as he explores his role in the rainforest, the outback, the arctic, at home on the farm, and on safari.
Purchase a beverage from our delicious hot chocolate bar and enjoy it while watching a real-life Santa feed some of your favorite Zoo animals. Visit with Santa in the Treehouse when he stops by to spread cheer and listen to your holiday wishes at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 and 2:00 p.m. Bring a holiday card for your favorite animal, and Santa’s helpers will hand-deliver your greeting that day. While you're visiting, enjoy the red pandas exploring, the tigers pouncing, and the polar bears frolicking in the season’s crisp December air!
Maned Wolves Arrive
There are two new faces at the South End of the Zoo! Two-year-old maned wolf brothers Rio and Paulo recently arrived from the Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana and are now on exhibit next to the cheetahs. Learn more about this unusual member of the dog family. Be sure and welcome them during your next visit.
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Family Overnight: Who’s Awake in Winter?
Saturday, February 23
6:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. the next day
For children ages 5 to 12 and their parents
$50 per person
Trying to keep warm this winter? Learn how animals handle the weather when watering holes freeze and snowflakes fall. Bundle up and head out for an evening hike to see which animals love the cold and which ones would rather avoid it and sleep the winter away. This fun-filled overnight also includes a nighttime visit to an animal house, a chat with a keeper, a special craft, an evening snack, breakfast in the morning, and loads of fun. “Hibernate” in one of the Zoo’s (heated) classrooms. Call 215-243-5353 to sign up your family.
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