New Philly kids zoo shows off animals’ abilities

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Zoo has a new $32 million exhibit for children.

KidZooU opened this month. It features a petting zoo, a playground and a 400-foot-long path for goats to roam the property.

The new space replaces a children’s zoo that had not been significantly updated since opening in 1957. The old exhibit also didn’t have indoor features, making it difficult to enjoy in bad weather.

Now, KidZooU has rare breeds of ducks, sheep, fowl and ponies among its outdoor denizens. An indoor education center boasts fish, butterflies, rats and birds.

Visitors will see exhibits focused on efforts to conserve animal habitats and demonstrations of ordinary creatures revealing extraordinary skills.

For example, chickens will compete in agility courses while pigeons will show off their ability to count.

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