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

ByAmanda Brady Localish logo
Monday, October 17, 2022
The Philadelphia Zoo is America's first zoo ... and its most haunted!
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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.