The Philadelphia Zoo has the distinction of being the first in America, founded in 1859, to advance discovery, understanding and stewardship of nature through compelling exhibition and interpretation of living animals and plants. Today, it is reaching new heights in all areas of its mission as a conservation, education and recreation organization. The zoo is also the Philadelphia region's leading family attraction, welcoming more than 1.1 million visitors a year. See its newest exhibit, Bank of America Big Cat Falls and get close to lions, tigers, jaguars, pumas, snow leopards and Amur leopards. See gorillas and other rare primates, playful giant river otters, a new white rhino, polar bears, giraffes and more. Soar 400 feet above the city on the Channel 6 Zooballoon or speed through the African plains on the virtual safari, Dodge Wild Earth. Pet goats and sheep in the Tastykake Children's Zoo. Live animal presentations and keeper talks daily. Check website for seasonal events.