Pittsburgh Zoo Photos & Scenes

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    African Lions

    Photo of African lions at the Pittsburgh Zoo
    ••• Photo of African Lions at the Pittsburgh Zoo African lions. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    Gallery of Photos from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

    Located approximately five miles east of downtown Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a 77-acre facility that is home to thousands of animals representing hundreds of diverse species. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the country.

    African lions relax on a rock in this photo taken of African lions at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

    African lions (Panthera leo) come from the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa and India. The female African lions seen in this photo can be as large as seven to eight feet long and weight between 270 and 350 pounds.

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    Western Lowland Gorilla at the Pittsburgh Zoo

    gorilla at the Pittsburgh Zoo
    ••• The gorilla at the Pittsburgh Zoo sits in contemplation. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    This Western Lowland Gorilla looks almost human in this gorilla photo taken at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

    The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium has the largest family group of Western lowland gorillas in captivity in North America, an 11-member group that lives together 24 hours a day. The gorillas can be enjoyed in their natural habitat in the Tropical Forest Complex at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

    The largest of the primates, gorillas are stocky, powerful apes with large nostrils and prominent brows. Male gorillas weigh up to 600 pounds and reach 6 feet tall, while females reach 200 pounds and stand up to 5 feet tall. Primarily vegetarians, gorillas eat fruits, plants and other vegetation. Despite their fierce appearance and displays of chest-beating, gorillas are actually very gentle and intelligent creatures.

    One of three species of gorilla, the western lowland gorilla lives in the tropical rainforests of West Africa. It is an endangered species, with an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 remaining in the wild....MORE There are presently over 300 lowland gorillas in North American zoos, including the troop of gorillas at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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    Alligator

    Photo of an American alligator at the Pittsburgh Zoo
    ••• Picture of an Alligator at the Pittsburgh Zoo American Alligator. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    American alligator swims at the Pittsburgh Zoo

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    Kodiak Bear

    Photo of a Kodiak bear at the Pittsburgh Zoo
    ••• Picture of a Kodiak Bear at the Pittsburgh Zoo Kodiak Bear. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    This Kodiak Bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi) at the Pittsburgh Zoo is one of the world's largest land carnivores.

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    Timber Rattlesnake

    Picture of a timber rattlesnake at the Pittsburgh Zoo
    ••• Picture of a Timber Rattlesnake at the Pittsburgh Zoo Timber Rattlesnake. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    This poisonous timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) is a favorite with kids at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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    Pink Fish

    Fish photo from the Pittsburgh Zoo
    ••• Photo of a Pink Fish at the PPG Aquarium Pink Fish. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    A beautiful pink fish swims in an exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

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    Duck

    Duck at the Pittsburgh Zoo
    ••• Duck Photo from the Pittsburgh Zoo Duck glides through the water at the Pittsburgh Zoo. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    A brown duck swims gracefully through the water at the Pittsburgh Zoo, as seen in this photo.

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    Reticulated Giraffe

    Photos of giraffes at the Pittsburgh Zoo
    ••• Picture of a Giraffe at the Pittsburgh Zoo Reticulated Giraffe. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    The reticulated giraffe in this picture is enjoying its naturalistic habitat at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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    Peacock

    Peacock photo - picture of a peacock at the Pittsburgh Zoo
    ••• Peacock Picture from the Pittsburgh Zoo Peacock. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    A peacock shows off its brilliant plumage in this peacock photo taken at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

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    Siberian Tiger

    Photo of a Siberian Tiger at the Pittsburgh Zoo
    ••• Siberian Tiger Picture Taken at the Pittsburgh Zoo Siberian Tiger. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    A Siberian tiger roams through the naturalistic Asian Forest exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

    Tigers live in the mangrove swamps, marshes and tall grasslands of southeast Asia, India and Siberia. They are the largest living feline, weighing up to 675 pounds and growing up to 10 feet in length from head to tail. The Amur region, where the tigers from the Pittsburgh Zoo come from, is at the same longitude as Pennsylvania and includes many of the same plants.

    Siberian tigers are an endangered species, and the Pittsburgh Zoo has begun a new breeding program as part of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association's Siberian Tiger Species Survival Plan.

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    Fish & Coral

    Photo of tropical fish at the PPG Aquarium in Pittsburgh
    ••• Photo of Coral and Fish in a Saltwater Aquarium at the Pittsburgh Zoo Fish & Coral. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    An extensive tropical saltwater gallery in the PPG Aquarium displays hundreds of dazzlingly beautiful tropical fish from reef habitats around the world.

    The living coral collection at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is the largest such collection in the continental U.S. Unlike most aquariums, however, the reef structure in almost every exhibit in the PPG Aquarium is comprised of live coral. A large portion of the Aquarium's quarantine building is dedicated as a Coral Propagation Facility for ongoing research and propagation. Visitors can view this area from outside the Aquarium through three large windows. The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium has achieved worldwide recognition as the number one coral propagation facility in North America, and sends over 1,000 cuttings of coral to aquariums each year.

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    Ostrich

    Ostrich picture from the Pittsburgh Zoo
    ••• Photo of an Ostrich at the Pittsburgh Zoo Ostrich. ©2006 Bonnie Cline

    The ostrich in this photo is part of the African Savannah exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo, along with lions, zebra, black rhinos, giraffes and elephants.