The Erie Zoo (formally Erie Zoological Park and Botanical Garden of Northwestern Pennsylvania), is a zoological park in Erie, Pennsylvania. It is located on 15 acres (6.1 ha) of land in Glenwood Park, just off West 38th Street between Cherry Street and Glenwood Park Avenue. The zoo has more than 400 animals, while the botanical gardens and greenhouse have over 600 species of plant from around the World. The zoo, which operates from March to November, attracts more than 400,000 annual visitors. The Erie Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Facilities and attractions :
The Main Zoo Building was dedicated 7 August 1930. The building was restored and modified in 1991 as a visitors' entrance to the zoo. It continues to incorporate an array of animal displays.
The tiger exhibit, which opened in the summer of 2008, has a main exhibit area plus outdoor and indoor containment areas. In March 2008, a breeding pair of Siberian tigers joined Kumar, a white tiger who has been at the zoo since April 1994. An Amur leopard was transferred to the Philadelphia Zoo in the summer of 2006.
The Children's Zoo, once called Pixieland, includes many exhibits, including animal shows in a nature theater, a playground, and a water garden. There is even an Erie ZooKids Club.
The adjoining JMC Ice Arena, named in honor of founding President of the Erie Zoological Society John M Cochran, is operated by the Erie Zoological Society. Ice skating is offered between early September and mid-March.
The zoo's mascots—Cool Bear and Perry the Penguin—appear annually at ZooBoo, the zoo's popular Halloween event, as well as at regional sporting events and other family activities. Cool Bear is friends with C. Wolf, of the Erie SeaWolves, as well as other local mascots.