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Elmwood Park Zoo

1661 Harding Boulevard

Elmwood Park Zoo was founded in 1924, when a private landowner donated a small piece of property and a handful of white-tailed deer to the Borough of Norristown. Run by the Borough as a division of Elmwood Park, the Zoo exhibited a collection of animals throughout the 1920s, including monkeys, bears, peacocks, deer, raccoons, and rabbits. Popular for its exhibits, the Zoo was also a destination because of the natural spring that provided clean water to borough residents.

The Zoo expanded and changed over the decades. Advances in animal care changed exhibits from bare wire-cages (which was the standard in the 1920s) into more naturalistic exhibits that would give comfort to the animals. The Zoo developed a focus on North- and South-American animals, and though ownership and operation continued to come from the Borough, the Zoo was supported by the Norristown Zoological Society, a group of community-minded citizens who oversaw programs, and donated their time and money to support the Zoo.

Today, Elmwood Park Zoo welcomes over 130,000 visitors annually for an educational adventure in a fun, clean, and family-oriented environment.

A new 20-year master plan was approved by the Norristown Borough Council in 2003. In it, the Zoo will expand from its present 16 acres to over 42, adding South- and Central-American themed exhibits that would more than double the Zoo's present exhibit space, expanded parking and concessions areas, and a state-of-the-art Animal Care and Conservation Center where the Zoo's veterinary staff will treat their patients, and interactive exhibits will teach visitors about animal medicine.

The new master plan comes with a price tag of over $60 million, which must be raised from community, government, and corporate donations, and is in addition to an annual operating budget of more than $1.5 million. You can help the Zoo achieve its vision; any donation, from one dollar to one million dollars, will push the Zoo closer to accomplishing its mission.


Paul Rossi

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
This is a great zoo. The price is reasonable, and they have some pretty cool animals. They have a leopard, giraffes, zebras, bison, and a bunch of other great animals. They also have a zip line area. I haven't done the zip lines, but they go through out the place, and look really fun. The zoo also says that they are autism friendly, but the restrooms by the gift shop/entrance have hand dryers instead of paper towels. Other bathrooms do have paper towel dispensers though.

Laura Holland

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Wonderful medium sized zoo! Perfect for young children. The exhibits are well done and the staff were abundant and very helpful and pleasant. You get the feeling that the staff and community really loves this little zoo! The animals were much easier to actually see and get close to here than at other zoos we've been to. The only negative was that there are a lot of "extras" that they charge $4/person for, which can add up, but it's this income that probably helps keep the zoo in the good condition that it's in. So plan accordingly for that.. we fed the giraffes, and went on the carousel and caterpillar ride. We probably wouldn't have done any of the extras except we were with grandparents who were willing to pay. There's plenty of fun stuff to do without the extras! Feeding the giraffes was pretty cool though.

Tasha Ayala

Saturday, June 23, 2018
This is a pretty neat zoo. It's small but they have lots of things here that kids can see, do and learn from. The prices are nice too in comparison to other zoos I've visited. The food is pretty good also and the playground in the zoo was definitely a great idea.


Thursday, June 21, 2018
Small place but enough for enjoying with your kids. Focused on children’s view. So there are many parents and kids and even babies. You can try feeding a bird with $2 fee in bird sanctuary. My child liked to see them closely when they was eating fruits in your holding glass.

Christine Anderson

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Nice little spot if you just have half a day or so to kill. Good for about 2 hours of animal watching/walking around. Get in line 10-15 minutes before the animal feedings if you want to go quickly, and make sure to get tickets beforehand. Have spending cash for the carousel/caterpillar ride/etc, the credit card machines seemed to be an issue at those spots.

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