PHOENIX — The summer heat may seem un-bear-able but you’d be lion if you said you didn’t love monkey-ing around at the Phoenix Zoo.
Friday is American Zoo Day, created to celebrate the opening of the Philadelphia Zoo. It was the first opened in the United States.
The Philadelphia Zoo first opened their doors to the public in 1874 and the cost of admission was just a quarter.
The Phoenix Zoo may not have been the first but it’s been serving the Valley since 1962 and deserves a bit of celebrating too.
The zoo is home to over 1,400 animals, 2.5 miles of walking trails and hosts several community events throughout the year.
The Phoenix Zoo will also be hosting their annual 4th of Zooly event to celebrate Independence Day.
Even if you can’t celebrate American Zoo Day at the Phoenix Zoo, be sure to check out some of its most photogenic residents in our gallery below.