Impact of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

The Zoo is home to thousands of amazing animals representing over 400 species, including 22 threatened or endangered species.

Highlights of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium:

  • More Americans go to zoos every year than go to all professional football, basketball, hockey, and major league baseball games combined (Washington Post, May, 2003-"No Business Like Zoo Business.")
  • The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is the most visited cultural attraction in Western Pennsylvania. Reaching over a million visitors two years in a row: 2007 and 2008
  • Nationwide, no other cultural institution transcends barriers like zoos and aquariums by attracting all ages, financial levels, ethnic groups, races, academic backgrounds, and social standings
  • Nearly 81 percent of our visitors come from Allegheny and six surrounding counties; seven percent from the rest of Pennsylvania; and 12 percent from out of state
  • The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is one of only a few zoos operating both a zoo and a major aquarium at one location and PPG Aquarium is the only public aquarium in Pennsylvania
  • Kids Kingdom is one of the top four children's zoos in the United States
    (Rankings from 2009 Parent Magazine and America's Best Zoos-A Travel Guide, by Allen W. Nyhuis and Jon Wassner)
  • We offer affordable family fun, entertainment, and learning. Peak season prices (April through November) are Adults: $15; Seniors (ages 60 and older): $14; Children (ages 2 to 13): $13, Children under 2: free. Parking is free. 
  • A majority of regional foundations and more than 100 regional corporations have supported the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in the last five years
  • Young professionals from around the region have embraced the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium with increasing enthusiasm. Our annual Summer Safari event continues to reach a record 2,600 people
  • The Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) provides significant support of the Zoo as a premier regional asset
  • Endangered species breeding at the Pittsburgh Zoo will produce births that offer ongoing conservation information. In the past nine years, four baby elephants have been born, two in 2008, and three Amur tigers
  • The Pittsburgh Zoo's strong marketing department ensures maximum publicity, positive press, and unique and consistent visibility. Examples of national print and media exposure include features on the CBS Early Show, ABC Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News, Animal Planet, and a visit by superstar Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Through sponsorship of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, our partners are strongly associated with its mission, which includes:

o Family recreation, family fun, and family learning

o Quality education programs for region's schools

o Conservation of natural resources (high-profile animals such as elephants, gorillas, leopards, and tigers)

o Research projects for the preservation of species in the wild. We support over 30 projects internationally

o Model educational programs with other well-known and respected non-profits