Who hasn’t dreamed of becoming queen of the jungle like Katy Perry in the video for “Roar”? Well, grab your vine, Jungle Jane, because you just may get your best chance yet this Saturday when the Philadelphia Zoo holds its fourth annual Pride Day. Joining forces with the William Way Community Center, this is the animal park’s effort to build more of a connection with the city’s LGBT community. Though gays are always welcome, on this day the park will swing — not open, thank you — its gates for a family-friendly afternoon of gay-centric festivities that run the gamut from regular animal-peeping to a host of activities catering to us queer folk, like an arts and crafts fair, a special Zoo on Wheels and a Pride Day scavenger hunt.
Thanks to a $6 million grant from the William Penn Foundation, the Philadelphia Zoo is (among other things) going to let large, deadly felines roam free. Sort of. What you see above is a rendering of the zoo’s forthcoming “Big Cat Crossing” which beginning in 2014 will let them “travel and explore far from their usual habitats.” I’m all for un-caging, but let’s not let them roam too far. Though the letting lemurs roam above our heads experiment does seem to be going well so far…
Rendering: Philadelphia Zoo
On Saturday, July 21st from 6:30-10 p.m. the Philadelphia Zoo is holding the fourth annual Summer Ale Festival. This fundraising event includes sustainable foods from over 24 local restaurants and craft beers from 21 breweries alongside entertainment and the animals that inhabit the zoo. Guests are able to tour the zoo while eating, drinking, and mingling as well as enjoy the Trail of the Lorax attraction which tells the story of the endangered orangutan. The breweries will also compete for Philly’s Favorite Summer Beer, which the guests vote on along with the top three bites from participating restaurants.
For $65 guests get a general admission ticket which includes parking, a souvenir mug, and a shuttle to 30th St. Station. VIP passes go for $95 and include access to a special air-conditioned section of the PECO Primate Reserve, early access to the event, and samples from new nano breweries and fine restaurants. Tickets will not be available at the door but they are on sale now.
This Saturday the Philadelphia Zoo is hosting its Summer Ale Festival. The beer festival runs from 6:30 to 10pm and it serves as a fundraiser for the zoo. Tickets start at $55 per person and a free shuttle from 30th Street Station is provided.
While you wander the zoo be sure to check out the LEGO brick animal sculptures and say congrats to the Stella and Gus, they’re the proud new parents of a 6-foot tall baby girl giraffe.
Summer Ale Festival [Philadelphia Zoo]