Philadelphia, PA is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Philadelphia Zoo. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Philadelphia Zoological Gardens, the first zoo in the United States, opened in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1874 with an animal inventory of several hundred native and exotic specimens. It was begun and continues to be operated by the Zoological Society of Philadelphia, founded in 1859.
In 1868, three years after the end of the American Civil War a 42-acre site was selected in Fairmount Park, an architect was sent to study the London Zoo and the collection was begun.
The Philadelphia Zoo developed the first zoo laboratory (1901) and the first children’s zoo (1938) in the United States. It was the first zoo to formulate specific diets for its animals, and one, monkey cake, is still used today by many zoos.
One of the reasons it is believed to be haunted is because it is said to be built on Native American burial ground. Reports activity by the staff includes partial and full-bodied apparitions, black shadows seen roaming the grounds.
Ghost Hunters investigated the claims in 2010. They focused on three primary locations within the zoo and had significant results from each spot. At the Solitude House, where the reptiles were housed, they captured voices, humming and music. They also heard a door slamming and unexplained footsteps.
The next stop was in the Penrose Building, formerly housing a vet hospital and research lab. Paranormal activity found here was in the form of flashing lights, a woman’s apparition in the library window, and an unusually cold area.
The Shelley Building was the last stop, where the investigation noted the sound of a slamming door and some banging.
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