The Philadelphia Zoo is America's first zoo ... and its most haunted!

ByAmanda Brady via Localish logo
Monday, October 17, 2022
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Many zoo staff have reported seeing apparitions, the sound of music playing in the cryptoporticus, and a light in the attic that likes to turn itself on.

PHILADELPHIA -- Chartered in 1859, the Philadelphia Zoo is America's First Zoo.

It was designed to be a place where Philadelphians could come and appreciate wildlife from all over the world. But it has a spooky secret: it's believed to be haunted.

On the Zoo grounds is a building known as The Solitude.

The Solitude was built before the zoo's inception in 1784 for John Penn, William Penn's grandson, as a way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Today, many zoo staff have reported seeing apparitions, the sound of music playing in the cryptoporticus, and a light in the attic that likes to turn itself on.

Other buildings on the grounds that have suspected paranormal activity are the Penrose Laboratory, The Shelly Building, and the Treehouse.