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Encyclopedia > Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo is one of only six zoo/aquarium centers in the United States. The center is home to thousands of animals representing hundreds of species. Pittsburgh Zoo is currently involved in 64 survival plans and hosts 72 threatened or endangered species on 77 acres of park land in Pittsburgh's Highland Park neighborhood. City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ...


The Pittsburgh Zoo opened on June 14th 1898. It added a children's zoo in 1949, and the aquarium center (now the PPG Aquarium) was added in 1967. The PPG Aquarium was the first in Pennsylvania and the second largest in the country at the time. June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... 1898 (MDCCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... The PPG Aquarium is the name for the modernized aquarium center at the Pittsburgh Zoo. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 255 km 455 km 2. ...

The zoo has added several new features in the last generation, included among these is the Asian Forest (1983), the seven-major-exhibits African Savanna (1987), and the five acre indoor rainforest Tropical Forests, housing 150+ species of primates (1991).

Pittsburgh Zoo complex also features a sub-level reptile and amphibian center as well as a two-story Educational complex complete with dozens of classroom labs, animal holding areas and a 300 seat lecture hall. The Educational complex is also a LEED certified green structure.

Future growth

Work is currently underway to expand and modernize the Polar Bear/Sea Otter and Walrus exhibits in a cutting edge "Water's Edge" complex to be completed sometime in 2007.

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