Philadelphia Zoo Expands Zoo360 Trail to Include Gorilla Treeway

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The Philadelphia Zoo‘s Zoo360 Program is nothing new: The initiative is a one-of-a-kind series of animal trails allowing various species to roam freely throughout the Zoo’s campus to explore a variety of environments and travel longer distances. Last year saw the opening of Big Cat Crossing, but this year the gorillas get their chance at a little extra elbow room. In the spring, the Zoo will revamp its Great Ape Trail to include a Gorilla Treeway, an enclosed network of walkways that allow the beasts the chance to explore the grounds—and animals and spectators—from high up in the trees. A rendering of the project:

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World’s Largest Snake Coming to Academy of Natural Sciences

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian

Close your ears, ophidiophobiacs.

Titanoboa, also known as the largest snake that ever slithered around the planet, is coming to Philadelphia next February. The Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Titanoboa: Monster Snake” will open at the Academy of Natural Sciences on Valentine’s Day, and the centerpiece will be a life-size replica of the 48-foot-long, 2,500 pound Titanoboa cerrejonensis.

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PETA Slams Discovery for Filming New Jersey Man Being Eaten by an Anaconda


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is slamming the Discovery Channel for airing an episode of Eaten Alive that shows a man–New Jersey native Paul Rosolie—being gobbled up whole by an anaconda. Network sources are saying that the snake is still alive and wasn’t harmed during the filming process, but that’s not enough for PETA. More from People.

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PHOTOS: Kids and Dogs in Halloween Costumes at East Passyunk’s Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) hosted its Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday over the weekend, drawing families and pets from across the region to take part in costume contests, seasonal foods from restaurants on the avenue, and live music throughout the day. It was a gorgeous day for a street festival. Check out some snaps from EPABID below:


PHOTOS: Baby Giraffe Born at Six Flags Great Adventure

Mika and her mom, Noel.

Mika and her mom, Noel. | Photo via Six Flags Great Adventure Twitter

Most people clamor to Jackson, New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure for rides like the new Zumanjaro Drop of Doom, but over the next few weeks that death drop will be overshadowed by a new arrival at the park: a baby giraffe named Mika.

The 5-foot, 10-inch female was born on October 11th to first-time mother Noel. Mika is the ninth giraffe born at the theme park’s Safari Off Road Adventure .

You can get your first chance to see her this weekend, when Mika is set free in the Off Road Adventure. For now, check out a video of her below.

PHOTOS: We’ve Got New Snaps of the Zoo’s New Lion Cubs

The Philadelphia Zoo sent us new photos of its four new African lion cubs, named, as I’m sure you’re aware by now, Kasaba, Mali, Msinga, and Sabi.

The little guys were born on Thursday, June 26th, and made their public debut on September 5th. The Zoo was kind enough to send us some snapshots to share. The images show them playing on tree trunks, wrestling with mom, and getting lick-bathed—you know, those things baby lions do.

Check out some of them below, then, starting tomorrow, @philadelphiazoo will take over @phillymag‘s Instagram account to roll out the rest.


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