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The Zoological Society of Philadelphia plans the nation's first zoo

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1860, zoomable image
03/21/1859
On this day, the Zoological Society of Philadelphia incorporated the Philadelphia Zoological Garden, the first zoo in the United States.  The Philadelphia Zoo did not open to the public, however, until July 1, 1874. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 718.

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