Philadelphia Zoo brings back nostalgic Zoo Key to upcoming exhibit

John McDevitt
February 13, 2019 - 6:15 pm
Remember the zoo key at the Philadelphia Zoo? It' coming back.

Courtesy of The Philadelphia Zoo


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Remember the Zoo Key at the Philadelphia Zoo? It's coming back. 

The Zoo Key program started at the Philadelphia Zoo in the early '60s and ended in the early 2000s. Guests would activate an educational recording with the animal-shaped key at a box in front of an exhibit and learn about the species. 

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Zoo spokeswoman Amy Shearer said the key will be coming back in various animal shapes and colors, and the box won't be hi-tech.

"We just really wanted it to be true to what the Zoo Key is all about, and how people remember it and what their special memories are like. So it's going to be a little bit of a different version, but it's going to remain pretty true to the box you remember growing up," she said. 

The program will be reintroduced in April at the zoo when the "Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion Piece Animal Adventure" exhibit debuts, featuring 30 life-size animal sculptures made out of Legos.  

And if you have the original Zoo Key, it will still work.