Erie Zoo News & Updates

 

 

Erie Zoo Economic Impact Study

Posted on June 21st, 2022 at 12:29 PM

Study Finds Erie Zoo Generated $100 Million in Economic Impact Over Five Years
Study shows long-term public investment pales in comparison to similar-sized zoos

Erie, PA (June 21, 2022) – A nationally recognized firm headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania published a pro-bono economic impact analysis today that found the Erie Zoo has generated more than $100 million in economic impact over the past five years. The study further concluded that the economic activity generates $21.2 million annually in Pennsylvania and that more than $17.8 million of those funds stays in Erie County alone.

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The Main Building is Officially Open!

Posted on May 25th, 2022 at 10:15 AM

On Wednesday, May 25th the Erie Zoo is reopening their Main Building for the first time in over two years. As part of the zoo’s Wild Open Spaces Capital Campaign, construction on the building began in the fall of 2019 thanks to a generous gift from Erie philanthropist Tom Hagen. The goal of the project was to restore the building back to its historical 1930’s façade as well as make some minor improvements to the interior. Read the full Press Release below.

 

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Chubby Unicorn Shirts Are Back!

Chubby Unicorn Shirts Are Back!

Posted on May 5th, 2022 at 4:00 AM
They're back! And with a fresh new look! 🦏
PRE-SALE for the new Save the Chubby Unicorns t-shirts starts now and runs through May 23rd! $5 of every shirt will go back to the International Rhino Foundation and rhino conservation!
 
*Sale Closed*

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Erie Zoo says goodbye to long-time orangutan resident

Erie Zoo says goodbye to long-time orangutan resident

Posted on March 21st, 2022 at 10:15 AM

Erie, PA – The Erie Zoo is saddened to announce the passing of ‘Joe’, a beloved member of the zoo family. 

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Joe Orangutan Update #3

Posted on March 16th, 2022 at 9:53 AM

At this moment Joe’s condition continues to be stable and the orangutan family remains behind the scenes... Read More Below

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Joe Orangutan Update #2

Posted on March 11th, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Joe the orangutan’s condition continues to hold stable... Read More Below

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Joe Orangutan Update

Joe Orangutan Update

Posted on March 9th, 2022 at 9:17 AM

As many of you may have noticed, this past weekend Joe the orangutan was feeling under the weather and the family was off exhibit for opening weekend.

This past weekend primate keepers first observed Joe the Erie Zoo’s 36 year-old male Bornean orangutan displaying symptoms of decreased appetite, lethargy, and lack of engagement. A Covid-19 test was performed and the results came back negative. After careful consideration, the veterinary and animal care teams determined it would be in the family’s best interest to keep Joe, Dasa, and Otis behind the scenes in their bedroom area while investigating the cause.

Full update below.

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Erie Zoo to pursue reaccreditation

Posted on November 17th, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Erie, PA -- The Erie Zoo confirms the loss of accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. While saddened by the news, the zoo team chooses to look at this as a learning opportunity, keeping their focus on providing excellent animal care and conservation education, while working on sustainable growth and advancement. The earliest the zoo can apply for reaccreditation is September of 2022.

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Palm Oil Crisis

Palm Oil Crisis

Posted on July 29th, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Orangutans are endangered and there are less than 100,000 Bornean, about 13,000 Sumatran, and no more than 800 Tapanuli left in the wild. Their biggest threat is NON-sustainable palm oil farming. This could cause the extinction of orangutans in the wild in the very near future without your help.

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Thank you 2021 Mane Event Sponsors

Thank you 2021 Mane Event Sponsors

Posted on July 26th, 2021 at 11:26 AM

Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees for our 2021 The Mane Event Fundraiser! It is because of generous people like you that the Erie Zoo is able to accomplish its mission of wildlife conservation and education.

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