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When was the first zoo in the United States established?

Find out when the first zoo in the United States was established.

Early zoos featured animals and gardens.  [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
Early zoos featured animals and gardens.

The Philadelphia Zoological Garden, chartered in 1859, was the first zoo in the United States. The zoo was delayed by the Civil War, financial difficulties, and restrictions on transporting wild animals. It opened in 1874 on 33 acres, and 282 animals were exhibited.

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