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About Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown

The Elmwood Park Zoo is located in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The zoo first opened in 1924, when a private landowner donated a small piece of property and a handful of white-tailed deer to the borough of Norristown. As time progressed, upgrades became imperative to the living conditions of the animals. The first change was the design of the cages which went from wire, the norm for the early 20th century, to realistic habitats. The first animals that were exhibited came from North and South America. The zoo’s funds were mostly given to them by the Norristown Zoological Society. The NZS achieved non-profit status as an organization in 1985 and took over ownership of the Elmwood Park Zoo from the municipality of Norristown. The first huge operation that went into action was the expansion of the park that was completed in 2002, and the park size doubled from its original 8-acre size. From 1999-2002, the Elmwood Park Zoo added more offices and shops to help regulate the business flow. The most popular spot at the EPZ is their interactive playground that was made in 2001. A year later, it included more common canines and rare weasels, specifically the endangered black-footed ferret. That same year, this zoo finished its Oberkircher Discovery Center, an educational facility. Ever since the major renovations to the park over the years, the park now receives over half a million guests per year. The EPZ continues to make entertaining tourists a top priority as well as providing them safe, sanitary, family-oriented, fun-filled activities. Despite advancing old constructions, the zoo still has historical landmarks up for display, including their oldest office built in 1924. To this day, business is booming and the community remains at the heart of EPZ’s operations.


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Address: 1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown, PA 19401, USA

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  • A smaller zoo with limited animals but it does offer a cozy atmosphere for young children to go for a 2 hour experience. Giraffe and jaguars along with the bald eagles were the animals that were interesting. The new exhibits were under construction. The kids had some fun at the play area. Free parking is nice. This zoo doesn't come close to the ones in Philadelphia.

  • Nice zoo. Lots of variety of animals in nice habitats. Big playground to let the kids blow off steam during your visit. Tons of fun.

  • This is a great small town zoo. Only takes two hours to walk through but they are always adding to it. There are a number of animals you can feed. Also a lot of things for young children to play on/with. Next time I am in town I will be headed back here

  • My family loves this zoo! It's the perfect size for us. We enjoyed feeding the parrots and the giraffes. They have recently added new animals and nee attractions and we were pleasantly surprised. I would recommend bringing you own snacks and drinks, but they do offer a variety of food as well.

  • This is one of the nicest zoos that I have been to. It's not the biggest, but it is worth the trip for sure. We visited for a beer fest last year and got to feed the giraffes. They also hosted a networking event in their new jaguar exhibit, which is really awesome.

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