Philadelphia Zoo Takes First Step Toward Making Planet Of The Apes A Reality With Cross-Zoo Animal Trail System
Today, the Philadelphia Zoo will unveil the first leg of its “ambitious, enclosed trail system” for multiple species of animals. The trails will allow orangutans, great apes, big cats, and bears–no, Stefon, genuinely all of those animals–to cross between each others’ habitats and generally most other parts of the zoo. Apparently, this is an “emerging trend” in our nation’s zoos, but the Philadelphia Zoo’s trail system is unique in its “campus-wide” approach and variety of species with access to it. It also places heavy emphasis on care for animals (physically and psychologically) as they explore and interact. However, the changes won’t go into effect immediately: the animals will be introduced to the trail system over a period of time, and maintain heavy monitoring from officials who (wisely) wish to keep an eye on health and safety concerns.
Much to a Philebrity intern’s dismay, peacocks will continue to roam the grounds as they please, unaffected by new trail systems or your interests. For more information, check out this video or visit the Zoo’s website.