Pay The Weather at the zoo!

January 9, 2008 3:04:22 PM PST
While the weather outside may still be frightful (frightfully cold that is) the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, is in a warm and giving mood with it's new "PAY THE WEATHER" promotion. Every Monday through Friday now through the end of February, if the outside temperature is in the 30s all guests visiting America's first zoo will pay only $3.00, in the 40s guests pay $4.00 and in the 50s, $5.00. If the temperature is in the teens or below all guests pay only $1. For guests who are members, the Zoo is offering the chance to warm up with free hot chocolate inside the Zoo's members only Tree House building. Guests wishing to visit the Zoo can check the homepage of the Zoo's website - - as well as signs posted at the Zoo's main North Gate entrance to find out the "PAY THE WEATHER" temperature for that day.

Guests of the Zoo are in for holiday treats as they can explore the many heated areas of the Zoo which include: The Dodge Rare Animal Conservation Center - home to a wide variety of unique and endangered animals. Among tree-climbing kangaroos, bats with a three-foot wingspan, monkeys with vibrant orange fur, there's no telling what guests can discover.

The Zoo's Reptile and Amphibian House - designed in 1971 by the world-renowned herpetologist and former Philadelphia Zoo director, Dr. Roger Conant, the Reptile and Amphibian House allows visitors to step, slither and slide through 47 naturalistic exhibits. After visiting rainforests, deserts and aquatic destinations, guests will definitely want to explore the King Cobra's Temple with its 15-foot, hand-carved sculpture. Plan your trip right, and you just might experience a thunderstorm in the Everglades (it actually rains inside the alligator and crocodile exhibit - check the schedule inside the Reptile and Amphibian House for show times).

PECO Primate Reserve - All over the two-and-a-half acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits, guests will hear stories of real people who dedicate their lives to saving some of the world's most endangered primates including Sumatran orangutans (one of the great apes and among the largest, and most endangered, of all primates), the Zoo's gorilla troop including Jabari, the silverback, two young males, Louis and Kuchimba, and three females, Kivu, Nne Kizazi and Honi, Blue-eyed black lemurs, Golden Lion Tamarins and much more!

Small Mammal House - Although it's true that mammals come in all shapes and sizes, a majority of them are small and are active mostly at night (nocturnal). But guests don't have to stay up past their bedtime to see nocturnal animals at the Zoo! The Small Mammal House features creatures of all shapes and sizes, including meerkats, Vampire Bats, aardvarks and a family of two-toed sloths, just to name a few.

Visiting the Zoo also brings an opportunity to see many other wintry animals including polar bears, penguins, the Scottish Highland cattle and more. The Philadelphia Zoo is located at 34th Street and Girard Avenue, just minutes from the historic downtown area. In January and February the Zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission is $12.95 per person. Zoo members are free.