Its all about the animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium!
This popular family day out experience actually began life as a zoo way back in 1937, and now it is home to thousands of amazing animals representing more than four hundred species, including 22 threatened or endangered species. This makes for a great learning experience for the kids, as they learn about not only the animals, their habits and habitats, but why it’s so important to look after them!
Not only that, but walking around the Pittsburgh Zoo and seeing the animals face to face, kids can really gain an understanding about these beautiful creatures. They can find out where penguins live, what a Komodo dragon likes to eat, or how the spectacled bear got its name! Can you guess?
A day at the Pittsburgh Zoo also allows you to travel the world, without leaving the city! You can tour around the world in the Asian forest, home to the Amur tiger, snow leopard, black rhinoceros, and Komodo dragon. Explore the African Savanna Enjoy the African elephant family. Stop by the ostrich and springbok and learn how Springbok can leap 13 feet in the air!
Kids will also love the giraffes who are always curious as to who has come to visit!
Don't miss the the PPG Aquarium too that features an array of aquatic species from every watery habitat on Earth, including octopus, squid, cuttlefish, coral, fish, penguins, sea horses, sharks, stingrays, turtles, and many species of plants in a rain forest setting.
A fun, exciting, educational and WILD day out in Pittsburgh, where the wonders of the animal kingdom are brought to life right in front of your very eyes!
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Check out the daily schedule for any talks and feedings that might be happening that day so you can plan around it, and also explore the behind the scenes tour options too!
You can bring your own picnic basket and enjoy eating at one of their pavilions or you can visit their restaurants strategically placed around the Zoo!
Healthy Eating They have salads, parfaits, grilled chicken sandwiches and chicken salad.
They need at least three weeks notice for a field trip, but they LOVE having students! It's a great educational day out and they have programs for different grade levels, to suit your students needs
There are not one, but four premiere gift shops! Each shop carries an attractive selection of interesting and educational items with a wildlife and environmental theme. While on safari, be sure to stop at every location since most items are unique to each shop. A portion of the profits from the sales help support education and conservation too!
All Zoo facilities can accommodate our guests in accordance with ADA standards, and wheelchairs and electric scooters can be rented at Safari Wheels from April through October. From November through March, they can be rented at the Safari Gift Shop.
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