Elmwood Park Zoo

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Elmwood Park Zoo
Entrance to the Elmwood Park Zoo. July 2013.
Date opened July 4, 1924
Location Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates 40°08′00″N 75°20′15″W / 40.1332°N 75.3375°W / 40.1332; -75.3375Coordinates: 40°08′00″N 75°20′15″W / 40.1332°N 75.3375°W / 40.1332; -75.3375
Land area 80 acres (32 ha)
Number of animals 300
Number of species 100
Annual visitors 300,000
Memberships AZA[1]
Website www.elmwoodparkzoo.org

The Elmwood Park Zoo is a zoo in Norristown, Pennsylvania that houses hundreds of animals representing 100 species. It has a focus on North and South American animals but is home to animals from around the world. Opened on July 4, 1924, the 16-acre (6.5 ha) Zoo includes the Andrew L. Lewis Wetlands Aviary, Bayou building, Woodlands exhibit, and Grasslands exhibit. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and operated by the Norristown Zoological Society, a nonprofit organization. The Zoo participates in a number of its species' survival programs.[citation needed]

Today, Elmwood Park Zoo welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually.[citation needed]

In the Newbery Medal-winning fiction book Maniac Magee, the titular character lives briefly in the bison pen of the Elmwood Park Zoo.[2]



  1. ^ "List of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Spinelli, Jerry (1990). Maniac Magee. p. 122. 

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