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ZooAmerica, Hershey, PA

Thick-billed Parrot

                Leaving Lancaster County, PA, on Monday morning following our tour of the Intercourse Pretzel Factory, we headed to Hershey, PA, and spent the rest of the day at Zoo America, more commonly known as the Hershey Zoo, 201 Park Ave., Hershey, PA  17033 (717/534-3900; www.ZooAmerica.com ).  This 11-acre, walk-through zoo is not your typical zoological gardens with lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, and other animals from around the world.  Milton Hershey originally established The Hershey Zoo with various common zoo animals as part of his park around 1905, and by 1915 The Hershey Zoological Garden, as it was then known, was billed as “largest free private zoo in Pennsylvania.”   In 1978, however, the focus of the zoo was changed and it was renamed “ZooAmerica: North American Wildlife Park, specializing in animals from the five regions of North America: Southern Swamps, Great Southwest, Eastern Woodlands, Big Sky Country, and Northlands, with over 200 animals of 60 species displayed in natural habitats.   In 1982, ZooAmerica became one of only 50 zoos in the United States to receive accreditation by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.


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